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New WF in Dedham

So we checked out the new super-sized Whole Foods in Dedham today, and I have to say, I liked it. They have a shawarma counter, pizza, much bigger salad bar section than I had seen in other places, including an impressive selection of beans and grains. They're doing hot smoked salmon sides in the seafood section, which was very tasty based on the samples they were handing out. (Would even be significantly better if they were doing it with wild-caught salmon, rather than farm-raised Atlantic.) They had a guy doing live fillet demonstrations, which was cool. The fromagerie/charcuterie section had some surprisingly good selections, including Jasper Hill cheeses and meats from La Quercia and Fra mani. Was really happy to see the wine and beer section at this location. The rest is just familiar -- many of the same products. A good dried bin section. Sushi. Bakery. Good meat counter. Plus they threw in some freebies at the end, (I'm guessing because it's opening day) -- pasta, tomato sauce, a large dark chocolate bar, some coffee and a whole foods canvas bag.

Anyone else go?

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    1. re: catsmeow

      No. Not too crowded. We were there in the morning. Saw a TV crew there filming and tried to dodge them. Lots of WF execs all over the place though. And Lergnom, you are right about that parking lot likely being a problem once all the stores open, but today was fine. The store really is impressive. Does anyone know if that Wegman's is still coming? That would give it some good competition.

      1. re: SuperFineSugar

        Wegmans is opening 2 exits down in Westwood. It was suppose to be in 2011 but on their site it now says To Be Determained for an opening date. Construction hasn't started for what is going to be known as Westwood Station.

        1. re: SuperFineSugar

          I was the one that ended up being interviewed by NECN outside the store (WF doesn't like bothering customers in the store). Surprised that more people weren't waiting for the doors to open, but no special sales besides current flyer. Didn't get any freebies with my order. Already tried the fresh Severino pumpkin ravioli and beef soft taco for lunch (both very good). Otherwise, as I heard someone say "It feels just like a Whole Foods."

          1. re: Desineguy

            Maybe you had to spend a certain amount of cash to get the free stuff. You didn't miss anything. Honest. And yes, it feels like a WF's only bigger, and with better cheese. :)

            1. re: SuperFineSugar

              I spent $100! Maybe I should have bought that whole demo fish. As it is, they couldn't figure out how to input the sale price on chicken sausage so I paid $0.99/lb instead of $2.99 (regularly $5.99). ;)

      2. That mall is going to be a parking nightmare. They have a small area in the courtyard made by the store fronts and that can't handle anywhere near the demand, so you'll be pushed into that parking structure. It also looks like getting in and out on that little street that goes to Costco is going to be a bear, especially at the light because they can't stop Rt 1 traffic for long enough to clear a holiday time queue.

        1. Thanks for posting - I went last night, and it was INSANE - totally crowded, even at 7:45 pm. I got a free canvas bag, but had to ask for it. The cheese section was amazing, but other than that, it's a WF, just Costco sized.

          I agree with other posters that the parking will be a nightmare - they also neglected to have a place to leave shopping carts - not that fun with a 3 year old on my hip - and when we left, I saw plenty of WF carts littering the parking lot.

          But, I'm pretty happy that there's a WF within 15 minutes of my house (once Rt 1 construction is done...)

          1. We checked it out yesterday evening, total mad house but fun to see it. You could tell a solid portion of the customers had never been in a WF before which was interesting. I would echo what others have said, better cheese section, better eat in/take out food selection etc. and overall just a nicer cleaner design and layout. I worked for Wegmans during my teenage years in Syracuse NY and frequently visit the Buffalo area.....so while WF has raised their game with this new Dedham store (and I am pumped to be so close) I cannot wait to see what the folks from Upstate NY will have in store for their first NE locations, they are always at the forefront of new concepts.

            1. I bought some of their In-House Hot-Smoked Salmon yesterday...May be the best of any of the WF's that do it; just melted in my mouth...I ate it all, and did not share a pinch with TC.
              Of course, I did bring him some Speck Americano from LaQuercia, so I hope that made up for it...
              Sushi; only so-so (same company that does about 6 other WF's)
              Burrito Bar tasty..
              Very good bakery; great Three-cheese bread...
              Shwarma Bar had some good-looking salads, but the Taboouli didn't have much flavor, and it was made with Jerusalem couscous (sometimes, improving on the original doesn't make it better)..
              I couldn't buy a bottle of wine, because I had left my ID in the car...
              Solid pizza...

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              1. re: galleygirl

                Have you by any chance been to the WF at the Derby St shops? is it bigger than that?

                1. re: catsmeow

                  Way bigger! It's like the size of a Wal-Mart....

                  1. re: galleygirl

                    Galleygirl, do other WF's do the hot-smoked salmon? That was the first time I had seen it, but maybe I just missed it some place else? Did you buy a whole side? Or a portion?

                    1. re: SuperFineSugar

                      I think the Hadley store does it. I know the Framingham one does, where it is REALLY good, and so does the River St Cambridge store, where I don't like it as much, becasue they smoke it in small pieces and it seems dried out to me. Framingham and Dedham do whole sides, and it's really moist that way. Then, they'll cut any size pieces you want. Dedham seems to have just started with only 3 or 4 varieties, but Framingham has about 7 or 8, and will often do smoked varieties other than salmon, if they've got it around...But, that piece I got (1/3 lb.) at Dedham may have been the all time winner. I think they sprinkled it with crack... :)

                  2. re: catsmeow

                    According to the news it is 70% bigger than any WF in the northeast. It must be huge.