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Dec 22, 2009 05:07 PM

We need WEGMAN'S!!! (And how does it compare to Fairway?)

Okay, I'm tired of reading the arguments about the local supermarkets - what we REALLY need in Fairfield County (and preferably close to me and the heck with the rest of you!) is WEGMAN'S!!!

Now I know for a fact Wegman's is way better than anything in my neck of the woods (Stop and Shop, Stew's, Caraluzzi's, etc.) but I must admit I've never been to Fairway...

Anyone who knows both want to weigh in?

And anyone who's been to Wegman's and thinks we need one in this area, speak up...maybe we'll get noticed????

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  1. I've been to Wegman's in Fayetteville (Syracuse), NY and liked it. But not as much as I like Fairway, and Fairway has much lower prices.

    Wegman's has great selection, quality items and upper end of supermarket pricing. Here in Fairfield county we get enough high priced groceries, we need top quality at competitive prices, something Wegman's wouldn't bring to the market.

    1. Have been to both quite a few times. Wegman's is a really nice supermarket. Fairway is a very nice specialty store, but it is a bit difficult to negotiate. Both are way better than our sub-par food emporia. Most of the country has better food-shopping options than we do. Maybe the cost of doing business here is too high for the razor-thin margins of large-scale food purveyors?

      1. I have been to Wegman's in the Baltimore and Philly areas. I've been impressed every time. I've never been to a Fairway, so I don't know how it compares, but the sheer size and selection at Wegman's is just unbelievable. They have the most extensive and delicious hot case - certainly better than anything I ever ate at Stews.

        I doubt Wegman's will ever come to Westchester or Fairfield unless they really scaled themselves down. There just isn't the space for one.

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        1. re: Avalondaughter

          I have been to both Wegman's and Fairway. Wegman's is probably the closest comparison to a Fairway in terms of selection and service, however Fairway beats Wegman's on freshness of produce and quality of meat and seafood.

          As far as space, Wegman's could have gone in the Harbor Point location where Fairway is going, which is 80,000 square feet. Not exactly a small store.

          1. re: gillyweed

            Until Fairway came to Paramus i was hoping that Wegman's came to Bergen county Shop-rite and Kings do donot have the quality produce for the same price as Fairway. Wegman's is great especialy their hot food buffet but for kosher, new york city flavor and produce Fairway has it beat. These is no choice in northern new jersey wince the closest Wegman's is in Princeton. I don't think Wegman's would stand a chance in direct competition . Fairway has the best produce and the lowest priced Kosher meat and food in the area. I hear Teaneck butchers are feeling the hit. My vote goes to Fairway

            1. re: coachrbc

              Actually...there are Wegman's stores in Bridgewater and in Woodbridge.

        2. I love them both.. but very different stores. Fairway is a smaller store, more specialty items. Wegman's brand products are usually insanely cheap- it's a great store for stocking up on everyday items as well as specialty stuff.

          Wegman's and Fairway both have good produce. Wegman's is usually cheaper on specialty items- raspberries out of season, shiitake mushrooms, graffiti eggplant, artichokes. For dried fruits and nuts, Fairway has freshly packed bulk items, as well as bulk bins. Wegman's has some bulk bins.. but not as much of a selection and not as much turnover.

          At the Wegman's I go to, they have a whole back area with bulk items. Large packages of toilet paper, water bottles, tissues, and boxes of 100 calorie packs.

          I guess it depends who you're shopping for..

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          1. re: cheesecake17

            I don't expect a Wegman's in Westchester anytime soon, and until Fairway is built, it looks like ShopRite will be giving Stop and Shop some competition on Palmer Ave. in New Rochelle.

            Is ShopRite a decent store or just more of the same?

            1. re: anonymouse1935

              Shop Rite is a regular grocery store. My choices in Brooklyn are Shop Rite and Stop and Shop.. but I prefer Shop Rite. Much more variety, lower prices, better produce. Lots of Shop Rite's brand name items are good. I regularly buy their beans and canned tomato items, as well as the dairy products. They have a wider selection of Kosher store brand products than Stop and Shop.

              The Shop Rite in my area has a huge kosher department.

          2. "We need a Wegman's" seems to be irrelevant if Wegmans doesnt have distribution channels in place in the NY Metro Area... Fairway started with a local store in manhattan, expanded to a much larger store in Harlem and worked on the model for about 5-10 years before expanding further into Long Island, Brooklyn, Jersey, and has bigger expansion plans on the horizon.

            As much as I loved Wegmans when I went there in Ithaca, it may not have such plans on the table, and if they do, it would have to include warehousing, trucking, and partnerships that would take years to develop. You cant just plop a massive store like that with fresh products in the middle of a new market.

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            1. re: frequentdiner

              They're in New Jersey. They've expanded south (through Pennsylvania into Maryland and Virginia) and are heading east from NY into Massachusetts.

              Personally, I don't care if they skip NYC...just want them here in Fairfield County!