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Wegmans to Open on Sunday, 16 October

The Boston Globe has a singularly uninformative puff-piece about the opening of Wegmans.


It would have been more helpful if they gave less attention to the people and more attention to the products, but that is typical journalism.

They also failed to provide an address or a phone number. The Wegmans website for Northborough is still incomplete,


I could not find a phone number for the Northborough store, but I did find an address:

9102 Shops Way, Northborough, MA 01532 or in a format that makes more sense for getting map-internet-site directions, 9102 Shops Way, 01532.

I think I figured out how to get there from Boston-based points east,

Mass Pike West to 495 North to 9 West to 20/Southwest Cutoff(?) East to Shops Way (North/West)

Shops Way must be one of those corporate industrial scale mall roads that so disorient you that you are thrown into a shopping frenzy.

Since I do not know that part of the Commonwealth at all, I would be curious if someone with local knowledge could give my proposed directions a reality check.

As it happens I have to drive through that part of the Mass Pike on Sunday, the 16th, but I fear the frenzy on the first day will make the place a mad house. So I will wait till later in the week to scope it out.

Given my normal shopping alternatives, I wonder: Can the produce can better than Russo's, the fish better than Courthouse (in Cambridge), the Middle Eastern/Far Eastern specialties better than Arax/Super 88/HK or the prices better than most items at MB and (at least) some items at Costco?

One-stop may have a convenience, but that location for those who don't live nearby is not convenient.

It remains to be seen whether or not the hype will match the reality.

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  1. Your general directions look fine.

    If you prefer local and somewhat specialized shopping (Russos, Courthouse, etc.), no supermarket is going to be better IMO. Add in the fact that this Wegmans is (at leas)t 45 min from most of the places you mention as your normal destinations, so is it even really an option for you or most on these boards? Northborough is a hike even without traffic.

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    1. re: Gabatta

      Over the past few years the possible opening of Wegmans has stirred excitement on this board. At this point I am curious about it.

      Now that I have the attention of those who know Northborough, perhaps I can find out how much time it might take to get there from the Pike. I regularly drive back and forth on the Pike and Wegmans looks like it is about a dozen miles off I-90, perhaps a fifteen to twenty minute detour, whether coming from the east or the west.

      I have yet to map it if heading east on the Pike, but it looks like the best route would be to get off at Exit 11 (Millbury) and then head north to pick up Route 20 East until that unfortunately named street called Shops Way. The reality of that street is so tenuous that MapQuest denies its existence so I can't determine the exact mileage.


      1. re: VivreManger

        Google maps has the address - try that!

        1. re: VivreManger

          No, really.......just get off the Pike in Framingham at Rt. 9 and follow Rt. 9 west out there. Less tolls, very few lights, and the speed limit through most of that part of Rt. 9 is 55 mph. I've been driving this route everyday for 10 years out to Worcester, so please believe me. You do not want to go all the way to Millbury and then back track down Rt. 20! Plus the toll is twice the one at Framingham/Rt. 9.

          1. re: Science Chick

            You definitely don't want to go all the way to Millbury, although if you are coming from the west, I'm not really sure.

            From the east, You can exit the Mass Pike at route 9 in Framingham (exit 12) or at 495 in Westboro (northbound, then exit at route 9 west).

            It is almost at the intersection of route 9 and 20. And there are signs, at least from the west bound side of route 9, that tell you where to get off.

            I think it would take about 15-20 minutes from the Framingham exit off the Mass Pike.

            1. re: ChinaCat

              Be careful. The signs on the westbound side are AFTER the exit for Rt. 20 eastbound, and you have to then drive 2 miles down Rt. 9, turn around and return. I can't for the life of me understand why they positioned the sign in that spot, but maybe they had trouble getting permission to put it up farther to the east. There *is* one temporary digital-like notice just after you pass the Walmart in Northboro, but tough to notice.

      2. Well, I love Wegman's (I have close family in the PIttsford NY area, so I get to to the Mother Ship at least 2x a year). But I live in Melrose, and I ain't goin' to Northborough unless I have other business in the area or en route. I will wait for the Burlington location to open up in late 2012 early 2013.

        1. I drove by to check it out about 2 weeks ago, place is huge! much bigger then the pittsford one. It is a few hundred feet east of the rt20 exit off rt9.

          It is a large new outdoor mall development with lots of other new stores in it as well. Many of which are already open.

          I personally am very excited for it. Not just for the great quality foods(especially the produce/fish/meats) but there are many brands/products I used to buy in Rochester, that they carry that are not available in this area.

          Zwiegels hotdogs and sausages (particularly the white hots) is one example. Another great thing i like are their subs which are the original Dibellas recipe with their own dressing and in store baked rolls. Country Sweet chicken wing sauce. The ground meat type "hot sauces" that are popular in western NY. Their generic Wegmans brands are typically excellent quality and very cost effective too.

          Oh and back in the college days the huge walk in beer cooler with all sorts of cases and kegs at reasonable prices was always fun...

          when i look at the northborough site i see not only the main phone number but the numbers for about 7 different depts...

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          1. re: hargau

            Are we sure that they're going to be carrying all the regional products? That's not always the case once stores start to expand out of their home regions. It would be great if they did carry some things that are hard to locate around these parts, though.

            I tend to be with Karl S on this: awesome that Wegmans will be around, but at most I'm going to shop there two or three times a year. Even Burlington is a bit of a slog.

            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

              Yes i have already spoken to them about several of these items...

                1. re: Karl S

                  I didnt ask them about that one but Wegmans are known for having excellent bakeries.
                  They answer questions like this very quickly on facebook.

                  1. re: hargau

                    Yes, for example, their store cakes beat many artisanal bakeries. They have a special white cake they rolled out earlier last year that is phenomenal (white cake is a hard test of good baking....)

                    1. re: Karl S

                      Website shows they will have bakery, pastry and cake counters and the bakery mgr has been with them 15yrs.. Also says they will be making water boiled bagels! http://newstores.wegmans.com/StoreLay...

                      1. re: hargau

                        Well, water-boiled bagels are not in short supply in this area, and that's one Wegman's bakery item I am underwhelmed by (Bruegger's are also water-boiled, and better).

                        1. re: Karl S

                          I actually dont like/eat bagels so wouldnt know. Thought that was something people desired though.. lol

                          1. re: Karl S

                            No way are Bruegger's bagels better than Wegmans. And Wegman's (Ithaca) used to custom-make whole wheat bagels with sesame seeds on both sides for me. Try asking for that at Brueggers.

                2. re: Jenny Ondioline

                  I am a regular shopper at Wegmans, and can tell you that they control their stock very closely. Kummelweck may indeed be there on opening day, but if no one buys them, then poof! They disappear. You can check online for products and prices, and it will even tell you where in the store they are. There is also an iPhone app with that info as well as recipes, and it is possible to create your shopping list there.

              1. Been to the Pittsford one. Good selection. But, waaaaaaaaay overpriced. I will stick to MB. Can't afford Weggies.

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                1. re: Chris B.

                  to each their own. I dont find them overpriced at all. Looking at their latest flyer online the prices look fine to me.. Please give some examples of waaaaaaaaay overpriced from their current website...
                  marketbasket doesnt have a website so hard for me to list their prices. However all these prices seem to me better than Roche Brothers, Shaws, Stop&shop, etc..

                  2ltr cokes/pepsis 4 for $5.
                  32oz sugar $1.29
                  15.5oz manwich.99
                  16oz club or townhouse crackers $1.99
                  13.7oz cheezits 2/$5
                  12oz semisweet choc morsels $1.69
                  16oz salsa $1.79
                  1gal milk $2.09
                  28oz crushed tomatoes or puree or sauce .79
                  eggland 18lg white eggs 2.99
                  5lb flour .99

                  Non flyer random regular price items..
                  Ben& jerrys pts $3.39
                  organic 1lb carrots $1.19
                  fresh boneless haddock fillets 9.99
                  80/20 fresh ground beef 1.99
                  fresh artichokes 4/$3 (Typically around $2.50/each at most place around here!)
                  fresh 1lb mozzerela $4.99

                  1. re: hargau

                    The haddock is a lot more expensive than MB's typical price ($6). It's going to be a hit or miss kind of thing.

                    1. re: Karl S

                      The fish is horrible at the MB near me so i dont buy it/know.. but seems most place i go the normal price is in the double digits usually

                      Just checked. Roche brothers = $11.99
                      Stop & Shop = $11.99

                      Cant seem to find an online price for Shaws and MB has no online prices

                      1. re: hargau

                        The fish at the Reading location is very good, generally better than Whole Foods. MB locations are variable; the newer stores (Reading, Chelsea, Burlington) tend to be very very good for fish.

                    2. re: hargau

                      Those are decent prices, for the most part, which surprises me. Are those regular prices or loss leaders?

                      1. re: Kiyah

                        Those were a combo of things. Some from a current flyer, some from regular prices. Some from prices that are year long fixed savings like these

                        The prices for northborough are not up yet so i just picked a random rochester area store for pricing.

                      2. re: hargau

                        You can quote any stores specials to make them look good. It is the day to day stuff that counts. You will see.

                        1. re: Chris B.

                          I posted many of the every day prices not just specials. You can see all the prices on any items on their website. I have seen. I have shopped at wegmans weekly for 7 years!

                      3. re: Chris B.

                        When we lived in Baltimore and the first Wegmans opened up in the region, I remember people complaining it was too expensive, but when I did my shopping there the prices for comparable goods was better at Wegmans than at other area supermarkets. On top of this Wegmans offers its own in-store brand that's quite good and inexpensive.

                        I think some of the "expensive" misconception comes from that the store also carries a wide range of expensive goods and gourmet items in addition to the regular stuff. Some people will see the huge cheese section and automatically think that Wegmans has to be expensive. While Wegmans will carry expensive imported cheese, in reality the same domestic cheese selling at Stop&Shop will cost you no more at Wegmans.

                          1. re: Roland Parker

                            <I think some of the "expensive" misconception comes from that the store also carries a wide range of expensive goods and gourmet items in addition to the regular stuff.>

                            Exactly. Unless you show great restraint, it's hard to pass up of some of those items. So even though the products might not cost more, you end up spending more per visit.

                        1. It's really not a tough location. On Rt. 20 at the intersection of Rt. 9. Coming on Rt. 9, simply exit onto Rt. 20 eastbound. You will see the shopping center right away on your left. I pass by there everyday on my way home from Worcester to Newton, so I'll probably hit it sometime later that week, after the buzz settles down a bit.

                            1. re: hargau

                              And, today, it was announced that Trader Joe's will be opening a space in the same shopping plaza as the Mother Ship of Wegman's in Pittsford NY (the first in western NY, IIRC), which will launch a battle of Titans over wine and beer. I just have to wait for Wegman's to open in Burlington in mid-2013....

                              1. re: Karl S

                                Where did you read or hear that?? Very exciting for those of us in the area/

                                1. re: Karl S

                                  They say this wegmans will have over 2500 wines and over 600 kinds of beer along with 900 spirits

                                  1. re: hargau

                                    And, if MA voters get to vote on and approve an initiative petition in 2012 to loosen the current 3-location licensing restriction, Wegman's will likely expand here. They don't open new stores without a wine and beer license.

                                    1. re: Karl S

                                      Wow, I didn't realize they were going to have beer/wine/liquors too. Big plus!!!

                                      1. re: hargau

                                        WBZ TV did a preview last night. They said 600 beer and 1500 wine labels. The rep said their prices are aimed to be competitive with warehouse clubs. This will be the largest supermarket in New England, about 3 times the size of other large supermarkets. Never mind shopping carts - they need golf carts! I hope the Burlington one will not be such a behemoth. There are a lot of people who cannot manage a store the size of a stadium.

                                  2. Ok, now I'm really in trouble......I loaded the Wegman's app on my phone and I'm browsing. Wow, I may not have to go to WF anymore!!!

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                                    1. re: Science Chick

                                      The FedEx guy just rang the doorbell, and left me an envelope with a $25 Wegman's gift card! I never believe those "register and you may win ..." come-ons, but here it is. I'm really in trouble too! Yes, I think this could replace Whole Foods, but not my monthly trips to H-Mart.

                                    2. I lived in Boston for 11 years, and at no time did I ever consider Northborough even part of Metro Boston. That location would have been geographically undesirable for any of the neighborhoods where I lived.

                                      As for Wegman's "replacing" any of your old faves, It's an upscale supermarket, on the lines of Whole Foods. I've been to a number of them and they're nice places to shop, but surely not "the second coming." I'll be curious to read what you think of it after visiting it.

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                                      1. re: ChefJune

                                        I can't help but remember the almost-instantaneous backlash once H-Mart finally opened...

                                        3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

                                        1. re: ChefJune

                                          The prior boom in the real estate market actual forced many people to purchase homes outside of 495, unthinkable before that time. There are alot of folks who live out that way and commute to Boston everyday. I'm sure Wegman's did some careful market surveying before choosing that location! Since the closest WF are in Framingham and Bellingham, Wegman's will virtually corner the market for "high end" grocery shopping in that area. One thing I'm looking forward to, is the ability to by the "WF" type products, and also "regular" stuff!!

                                          1. re: ChefJune

                                            Then you don't know and remember Spag's on Rt 9 in Shrewsbury. Very old Boston. I think it started in the Depression. Became a sprawling collection of add-ons and separate buildings selling just about everything.

                                            1. re: lergnom

                                              Sigh........how I miss Spag's! I used to frequent it alot when I started working in Worcester 10 years ago. I could get any attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer there at 1/2 price! Books, art supplies, cleaning supplies.......you name it. Then they sold to Bldg 19 and their great stock was slowly replaced with the Blg 19 dreck.

                                              1. re: Science Chick

                                                Reason is Spag died. Can't remember how many kids were involved, but I remember one daughter quite well. Can't blame them for getting out. He was always around, usually in the oldest part of the building, on his riding wheel chair.

                                              2. re: lergnom

                                                Gosh, loved Spag's. Got my first striper fishing reel there.

                                            2. Channel 5 just did an inside Wegmans report and it is awesome. I think it might be worth a trip to eat in the 300 seat cafe and look around. The place is enormous!

                                                1. re: hargau

                                                  So...is Wegman's that good...or just another high end super grocer? How does Whole Foods in Dedham compare?

                                                  1. re: hydraaa

                                                    I think it is. The difference with wegmans and whole food is that you can get normal everyday priced things and you can get wegmans brand things which are priced inline with most generics yet very good. So it isnt all just "high end".. Sure you can get expensive things too.. Like someone mentioned above with 300+ cheeses and 2500+ wines yea some are very pricey, you dont have to buy those ones.. but they are there if you want to... Also the staff are all super friendly and helpful. The place is huge.
                                                    It is also a nice place to go for lunch, there is a large cafe seating area. There are hot food bars for all sorts of food by the pound (chinese, thai, indian, wings, soups, etc..),I thought they were pricey at 8.99/lb if i recall correctly. Amazing salad bar and vegetarian bar. Excellent subs at the sub counter. Excellent pizzas at the pizza counter. Sushi made to order. Meals with 2 sides for $6.. etc... I got a very good size sub on a fresh baked roll with a great cookie and a large drink for around $7ish.

                                                    The fish dept was amazing. They had a whole halibut there and a whole swordfish that they were cutting up to order. Didnt catch the prices. They also had many ready to bake prepared fish entrees. They had lobsters up to 14 pounds but a bit pricey at 9.99/lb i thought.

                                                    Meat dept was amazing as well but with the crowds yesterday it was very tough to move. bumper to bumper carts throughout. Yet lines for the deli, subs, cashiers, went very smoothly and quick

                                                    I have not been to the dedham whole foods but have been to others, not really a fan..

                                                    1. re: hargau

                                                      Am intrigued by the 'veterinarian bar.'

                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                        I suspect your kind aren't welcome at such a bar.

                                                          1. re: hargau

                                                            a priest, a rabbi and a horse walk into a veterinarian bar, the owner barks out " what is this a joke?"

                                                      2. re: hydraaa

                                                        I think it depends on how you do your shopping. If you like to one stop shop then Wegman's most likely fits the bill. Having grown up in Rochester, NY, in the '60s and '70s they were really normal supermarkets, numerous and convenient but not the lowest prices. The 1980s and '90s brought the change to larger stores that contain everything. Prices can be good but if you are looking for the best deals then you have to know what things cost elsewhere to make the right choices.

                                                        One thing locally that has raised some concern is the closure of smaller neighborhood Wegman's that have been deemed not to fit their current plans. This has resulted in area's where there are no grocery stores within walking distance as the competition closed long ago due to Wegman's power.

                                                        1. re: SanityRemoved

                                                          Went to Wegmans this morning at 7AM. Perect time to go as we could really browse. Prepared food is 8.99/lb (comparable to WF). There were reasonable meal prices (6/8/10) prepared with sides, and subs and pizza and the bakery was amazing. This being said, I still was not that excited about it. Had it been a STEW LEONARDS opening, I would have been beside myself. Stews is hands down the best grocery store I have ever been in. Love the one in Brookfield/Danbury CT.

                                                    2. I just got back from a trek to Wegman's. I was not impressed. Sure, it's a nice, new store and it's really big. But as far as prices are concerned, I think Market Basket has them beat hands down. I don't know who can afford over $14.00 a pound for a hanger steak or over $23.00 a pound for some kind of fish. When I saw it was over $23.00 a pound, I didn't even look to see what kind of fish it was. I know that these are some extreme examples, but even the price of boneless pork loin and turkey thighs was $.50 to $1.00 more per pound than I would normally pay. Yes, there was a large cheese selection. I took a quick spin through the food court. Personally, if I'm going to go out to eat lunch, I want the place to be nicer and more quiet than the grocery store. I don't buy already prepared foods, so I really can't comment on prices and quality of those. Should you shop there? By all means if it's your local grocery store. Is it worth burning gas and driving farther than you normally would? I say no.

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                                                      1. re: skippy66

                                                        $23/lb for fish isn't too uncommon at New Deal (usually things like halibut fillets I think). I stick to cheaper stuff, but if it's New Deal-quality fish, $23/lb isn't out of line.

                                                        I suspect that MB prices beat 90% of grocery stores in the US. They're crazy-cheap, which is awesome.

                                                        1. re: skippy66

                                                          They are not competing against MB or Price Rite, but against WF, Roche Bros, Shaw's and S&S. I am a MB maven, but I appreciate that Wegman's outclasses its intended competition in a number of ways. Not enough for me to go to Northborough (I get to go to Pittsford 2x/yr), but when it comes to Burlington, it will become part of my monthly circuit (not weekly circuit).

                                                          1. re: Karl S

                                                            The Wegman's public relations exec interviewed on camera for the piece WBZ TV did said their goal is to compete with warehouse club prices. Perhaps if you parse that to mean those things at Costco that are NOT bargains, I'd buy your interpretation that their price competition is WF and the pricier chains. But the impression was certainly that they aimed to beat the lower-priced ones too.

                                                            1. re: greygarious

                                                              The weekly flyer makes direct comparisons to stop&shop and price chopper. http://flyer.wegmans.com/Default.aspx...

                                                        2. Northborough is nowhere near me so I have no intention of ever going there. However, even if there were a Wegman's near me I can't imagine going there for regular weekly shopping. I can't even stand the size of the Super Stop & Shops. I go to a "normal" size supermarket. When I shop I want to get in and out, not make it a half day event. Does anybody really do their regular weekly food shopping in a Wegman's? I can't imagine it.

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                                                          1. re: pemma

                                                            I can assure you that plenty of people go to Wegman's in its currently established areas, along with other supermarkets. Few people I know only go to one supermarket if they have a credible choice of markets.

                                                            1. re: Karl S

                                                              When i lived in rochester i shopped at wegmans for about 7 years.. The only other credible choice was Tops which wasnt very good at all.

                                                              1. re: hargau

                                                                Tops is good for some things, though I don't recall specifically. My brother and his partner regularly shop at both. My brother has for years been dialoguing with senior Wegman's management about avoiding becoming a Whole Foods on steroids: that is, it needs to continue to be a general purpose supermarket with quality items in all categories at a competitive price point in order to attract people to its more pricey value-added offerings. They've taken his feedback very seriously.

                                                                1. re: Karl S

                                                                  I feel like this is really Wegman's stock in trade - listening to their customers.
                                                                  I also felt strangely confident in the place when I did a fly-by on Saturday (before they opened) and saw a full parking lot with people gearing up for the grand opening...here's the thing - most of the license plates I saw were NY plates...I took that as evidence of a very hands-on approach.

                                                                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                    Yes they had hundreds of people come from NY to help with the grand opening. Also many of the managers/workers are people who they relocated from NY stores. I believe i also read they hired something like 600 new employees.

                                                          2. Question for those who know Wegmans: how does the Northborough store compare to Pittsford?

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                                                            1. re: lergnom

                                                              I've only been to Pittsford a couple of times, but it feels pretty similar. Interestingly, Northborough is one of four locations (so far) that has the casual seafood/burger restaurant that they prototyped in the old Tastings space at Pittsford (though it's integrated into the Market Cafe).

                                                            2. Yes, it is the Route 20 East exit, and the intersection is visible from your exit. It seems like a long way up the hill though to get to the shops.

                                                              I took a half day off from work and went to the Northborough store this afternoon. I was looking for a few things, but they didn't have them. The store was very crowded but the traffic was not congested. I practically live in grocery stores doing personal shopping and found their prices to be comparable to SS, RB. They had Victoria Vodka Sauce at $3.99 which is about the same as OS. Shaws I think is much pricier if not on sale. I looked at canned goods, teas and coffee. The tea and coffee selection was not great and typical of the above stores. Illy coffee I think was maybe a dollar higher than SS. The "International" section did not have anything much different than the above stores, plus BigY. MB prices are much much better. I browsed what I could of the food courts and they looked interesting enough. I don't eat a lot of prepared foods, but I like WF anyway for their buffet and RB also for their offerings. Wegmans had a crab cake sandwich for $11.00, not sure if that included anything else or not. It was busy in the Market Cafe with what I assumed was local professionals checking it out.

                                                              What I may go back for was the bulk candy, and fresh nuts, cashews, etc. They had two rows and might be good for holiday gift giving. They had Christmas items, plates, wrappping paper and Thanksgiving baking pans. I did not check out the HBA, Halloween section or the wines. It would be good to go there when not so busy and perhaps to get some special items for a dinner party or if I go to the Christmas Tree Shops, since it is right down the street. If I lived around there, I would eat lunch there for sure. I heard prior to my visit of special attention and customer service, but it was an ordinary shopping experience, so I was a little disappointed. I bought Morton Hot Salt and a glass bottle of Pepsi, not that I drink Pepsi, but I like the glass bottle.

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                                                              1. re: royalpresence

                                                                They also have the wegmans brand vodka sauce for $1.99 which is likely just as good or better. Love the wegman brand products. Almost got a bottle but chose other varieties instead

                                                                Not sure on the crab cake but they have dinners with entree and 2 sides for $6, 8 or $10 depending on the entree. You can see some examples on their site.

                                                              2. Went to the Wegman's grand opening on Sunday. Big mistake. Way too crowded and I had to leave.Tried again on Tuesday. This time much better but still very busy. I love the look of look of the store but in my opinion, their prices are too high. I am a Maket Basket shopper although there aren't any closer than 18 miles for me. Wegmann's prices don't even come close. Sure, a few thinigs are comparable but most items are too much. And their prepared food prices are $8.50/lb. Those are restaurant prices. I also find that the store is too humongous and don't want to buy Christmas stuff at a grocery store.I want groceries, not all the other junk. Their breads look great but at $4-$5 a loaf, too expensive. I can pay those prices at Panera and get bigger loafs.Cold cuts are are high but at least they don't sell the over priced Boar's Head brand. I like to get in and out of groceries stores but that won't be easy with a store that size.
                                                                So my feelings are mixed and it surprises me when people say their prices are very reasonable. Guess they never shopped at MB. I just wish a Market basket would open nearby,

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                                                                1. re: jamesmikelis

                                                                  There are tons of people who don't shop at MB. In fact, there have been threads on why people are uncomfortable shopping at MB, so I will forego a recital of all the reasons people give. I would venture that most metro Boston folks don't shop at MB (as compared to Shaw's and S&S). Wegman's is not competing with MB; they complement each other well, in fact. (I write this as a confessed MB maven. Hey, I love Price Rite, too, which can even give MB a run for its money. But I appreciate that Wegman's is the best in class of the non-MB/PR kind of supermarket.)

                                                                  1. re: Karl S

                                                                    I've never shopped at a Market Basket and never will based on this report of unsafe conditions. I cannot believe that the ambulance was not called. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20...

                                                                    1. re: Duster17

                                                                      interesting...I guess that's how they keep costs down :-)

                                                                    2. re: Karl S

                                                                      I am just spoiled after shopping at market basket for the past 4 years. No other store can meet it's prices and MB has ruined it for me since all other stores are now a let down now. I agree that if you are comparing Wegmann;s with Shaws, Stop/Shop, Hanneford, even Trader Joes and Whole Foods, then the prices are comparable or even cheaper for some things.I do love the variety of options at Wegman's and think the store is incredible for a grocery store and beaultifully designed. I do pass iton my way home so i'll be stopping there often but I also have a BJ's membership so will go there for $2.79 organic milk and some deli meat. I think wegmann's store brand chips are very tasty and it's a bargin at $1.79/10 oz, MB has Utz chips for 2.00/bag but they are $2.69 at Wegmann's.

                                                                      Trader Joe's
                                                                      1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                                                                      1. re: jamesmikelis

                                                                        most of the bargains at wegmans will be in the wegmans brand which has never let me down when compared to the name brands. As a side note, i noticed they now have the prices working on their website for northborough so its easy to look up any regular prices.

                                                                        1. re: hargau

                                                                          They also have a handy phone app where you can look up any product/price

                                                                    3. re: jamesmikelis

                                                                      Im looking at the small bread we bought at Price chopper right now and it was $4.59 a loaf.. Shaws is the same. Yea the food buffet stuff is 8.99/lb which is high but you can choose many dinners for $6 8 or $10 with no tipping. For example 1/2 a chicken with 2 sides for $8 or a hamburger cooked to order for $4.. etc..
                                                                      We compared the prices on everything we bought sunday (spent $85) with Shaws and Trader Joes and all prices were favorable. Yes i noticed some prices were high like lobsters were 9.99 lb but they had them up to 14 pounds! We got 2 meats and 2 cheeses at the deli and felt they were inline with Shaws for similar quality.

                                                                      1. re: hargau

                                                                        Have not heard any chat about produce at Wegman's...How did stuff stack up against Russo's and Mt. Auburn shops?

                                                                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                          I dont shop at those shops but i would say it was much better/better priced than any of the markets i do shop at. I have only been on the opening day and you couldnt hardly get into the produce dept. I ran in quick and bought 3 nice organic artichokes for $5 which i thought was a great price..

                                                                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                            It's good for a supermarket but not exceptional. But really, what compares to Russo's?

                                                                            (Of course, you can move in the aisles at Wegmans.)

                                                                            1. re: dtremit

                                                                              Do they have Campari Tomatoes - - or anything comparable - - and, if so, at what price?

                                                                              Costco consistently stocks this item, at around $2.79 a pound. Arax usually has the product for less. On Thursday, 20 October, the Arax price was $1.99 for a pound package.

                                                                              At Russo's they do not stock Campari brand. Their Tastee Tom tomatoes, the most comparable variety they offer, sell for the most, around $4 - $4.50 a pound.

                                                                              I still have not found the time and energy to get to Wegman's. But judging by the reports the crowds are still heavy. I think I wil wait a few weeks until the novelty attraction diminishes.

                                                                              1. re: VivreManger

                                                                                Website shows them for 3.99 normally but are on sale till the 29th but they dont show the sale price..Their website is still a bit buggy on the product prices and shows "available in select stores" instead of the price many times.

                                                                                They also have their own organic brand grape tomatoes

                                                                                1. re: VivreManger

                                                                                  I was there this AM and checked the Campari Tomatoes for you. They are on sale for $2/pound.

                                                                                  As for the crowds. At 9am it was nice. At 10am when we left it was getting crowded. No lines at any registers but navigating around was getting a little crowded in some instances.

                                                                                  Some things we got:
                                                                                  club pack boneless skinless chicken breasts $1.99/lb
                                                                                  HUGE pumpkins $5/each
                                                                                  artichokes 4 for $3
                                                                                  organic carrots $1/lb
                                                                                  giant fresh cauliflowers $2/ea
                                                                                  12packs coke products 5 for $11
                                                                                  wegmans brand frozen pizza $3.99
                                                                                  store baked muffins 4 for $4 any asst you want
                                                                                  Strawberries were cheap, i forget the price..
                                                                                  Also got 2 packs of Zweigles franks and some other things i cant remember...

                                                                                  1. re: hargau

                                                                                    Sounds like a great price for the Campari tomatoes. I love them.
                                                                                    When I went last week, I saw some people with the cases of Coke, didn't know they were on sale. I'll get up there again to check it out, but many people are saying they will wait a month or so. If that's the case, that is Thanksgiving and holiday season, so I don't see the crowds diminishing at all until after the New Year.

                                                                                  2. re: VivreManger

                                                                                    We went last night, and the crowds were DENSE. Wish we had seen the tomatoes. But - raspberries were prominently displayed, for the same price as Costco. We got some cheese, some Brooklyn Stout, and a 20oz cappuccino for about 3.50 Ummmm, buzz!

                                                                                2. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                  Wegmans produce doesn't stack up against Russos, etc. It is comparable to other quality super markets. Comparable quality to Roche Bros, with some better prices. If it wasn't 45+ min away it would be a good produce option compared to other super markets, but not to to Russos or the other places you mention.

                                                                                  1. re: Gabatta

                                                                                    How interesting is Wegman's selection of produce? I am guessing that it doesn't have the variety of Russo's, but how does it compare to other supermarkets like whole foods or market basket?

                                                                                    1. re: czarp

                                                                                      what?!? no chinese long beans, malanga or rambutan? no thai basil, white coconuts or sweet lemons? guess i will just have to keep going to russos. le sigh.

                                                                                      1. re: hyde

                                                                                        plse educate me on sweet lemons and white coconuts. thnx much.

                                                                                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                          Just catching up on my Chowhound reading. I think the sweet lemons hyde was referring to are the lovely lemons grown in the Mideastern countries. Spotted some at Arax a couple of months ago (haven't been there too much recently, so I don't know if they're seasonal). Delicious - can eat them like oranges!

                                                                                          White coconuts are baby coconuts. You can find them at many grocery stores, def. Russo's - I used to buy them at Market Basket in Salem, MA when I lived on the North Shore. The coconut is more like a custard - the 'milk' is clear and very refreshing - great for electrolytes & even for losing weight (has more health benefits, too - but mostly delicious!)

                                                                                      2. re: czarp

                                                                                        Went for the first time on Sunday morning.

                                                                                        The produce selection was good compared to the other supermarkets in the area, but not like Russo's. I'd say it was on a par with Whole Foods for selection, but I don't think they had anything local at this point. They might not have the connections yet.

                                                                                        They had some slightly non-standard items that I would not find at Stop and Shop or Roche brothres -- lemongrass, passion fruit, lots of different greens, root vegetables, some gorgeous looking oyster mushrooms.

                                                                                        but no, no chinese long beans, sweet lemons or thai basil

                                                                                        1. re: ChinaCat

                                                                                          Actually, I did see Meyer lemons there, along with cherimoya (!), and rambutan. The lemongrass looked terrible, but they had terrific fresh tarragon, baby frisée lettuce, and many other impressive produce items.

                                                                              2. On Chronicle WCVB tonight at 7:30 inside Wegman's

                                                                                1. Yesterday, we went to Wegmans and weren't very impressed. Sure, there was a great assortment of cheeses and the prepared foods/salad bars offered lots of choices but I didn't see anything I couldn't get closer to Boston. Maybe all the hype set me up to be disappointed. If it was closer to Boston, I would probable go there to get prepared foods, but as far as my routine shopping, I didn't see too many additional choices. I was hoping for some good corned beef and found the kosher deli area only carried Hebrew National. I can't see going back unless I happen to be in the area.

                                                                                  1. Finally made it over tonight. A few points of interest:

                                                                                    1. It seems like shopping around 5 p.m. on a Wednesday is at this point relatively hassle-free in terms of crowds. Busy, to be sure, but not at all crowded. (90-second wait at the deli counter, walked directly into a checkout line, didn't want to punch anybody in the bakery for blocking the entire aisle, etc.)

                                                                                    2. As a few others have noted, if Russo's is already among your regular shopping destinations, you can just coast past the Wegmans produce department entirely: quality, variety and price are all better at Russo's.

                                                                                    3. In general, prices were neither outlandish nor cheap enough to make it worth the Zipcar rental and the time to schlep out to Northborough unless we were already out that way for some reason.

                                                                                    All in all, my feelings remain as they were after my first exposure to Wegmans in upstate New York: yeah, they're a very good supermarket. But they're still just a supermarket.

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                                                                                    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                      We will be out that way Saturday afternoon so are making a Wegman's pit stop even though it's not the optimal time to shop for groceries. The plan is to check out the wine dept and prepared foods as we will be on our way back to Boston and need a light meal when we get home. What did you think of the prepared foods? Was there anything that stands out such as the famous rotisserie chicken from Costco?

                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                        We cut short our tour through the liquor section, because we didn't see competitive prices on ANYTHING we usually buy (admittedly we were looking at beer and hard liquor rather than wine.)

                                                                                        We're not big prepared-foods shoppers, so not the best ones to ask about that. To me, the sides looked pretty good but the mains did not seem at all inspiring. We got dinner there - went with things from the many hot-food bars rather than the vaunted $6/$8/$10 dinners (again, the mains just didn't appeal.) My pad thai was desperately in need of some seasoning, particularly fish sauce, and contained a lot of celery (???) On the other hand, the paneer dish that I tried was quite good. Overall, though, at over $8 per pound, the price of a decent-but-not-great dinner added up fast. We ate far better at Shanghai Gate last week, for only a dollar or two more.

                                                                                        1. re: Allstonian

                                                                                          I always get sucked into the various Asian bars because who can pass up one piece each of orange chicken, sweet and sour shrimp, and all those other guilty pleasures? But I agree, the actual flavors at Northborough were pretty mediocre and the Pad thai was dreadful. I think Asian is probably not the right choice- go with a sub.

                                                                                        2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                          In Rochester they are pretty well known for their subs. They have their own sub dressing that is tasty, you can buy a bottle of it as well. Rolls baked in house. I like the "Danny's Favorite"

                                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                            Yeah, I'm afraid we pretty much literally walked into the liquor department, snickered at the prices and selection and walked right back out. You may be disappointed on that front.

                                                                                            Didn't really look at the prepared foods -- didn't even see the rotisserie chickens, for example.

                                                                                        3. I'm a bit skeptical as I went to one in Maryland a few years ago and it made Whole Foods look like a good value. That was before the economy tanked, so I will give it a shot again in Northborough.

                                                                                          1. Had an appointment cancelled on me, so I had a free block of time to take a 45 mile spin out to the new Wegman's this morning. I got there around 8:20AM and left 80 minutes later, and it was busy but very far from mobbed - easy parking a few spots from the doors could be found both coming and and leaving.

                                                                                            I was pleasantly surprised that many of the things I get at the Pittsford mother ship and cannot find in Boston area stores were or are in the Northboro location: marathon bread, fresh weck (kummelweck), crumb doughnuts (depends on the day, though), Zweigle's and Hoffman's white/red-hots, Bison onion dip (so much better than any other brand), salt potatoes (not that I bought them, as I naturally make them from home, but if I had a crowd, it's convenient), pitted picholine olives (spotty availability at WF in the Boston area, and at a better price), and a number of other things. They didn't have tongue yet at the kosher deli, but have had many inquiries - the manager for that wasn't in yet to answer about when they might have it.

                                                                                            I will check back in a while when I have an opportunity. I look forward to the opening in Burlington in a year and a half.

                                                                                            The staff was kick-ass good, in terms of knowledge and service. I tested a number of areas. They are still bringing in people on weekends from Rochester to fill out things, it seems.

                                                                                            1. I made it to Wegman's tonight, on the way back to Boston from Worcester. We went in search of a light meal, and also wanted to check out the store. Some points of interest for me:

                                                                                              -- Organic bananas were $0.79 per lb! Large package of raspberries was $4.99. I don't think the produce looked as nice as Russo's, but it's still a pretty decent produce section, and there are some good prices on certain items.

                                                                                              --The prepared food section, and really the store in general, is worth visiting just for the food-tourism value. It's significantly larger than the Dedham Whole Foods - it seems to have pretty much everything they have, and more. Also, staff were super friendly.

                                                                                              -- In the liquor area, there is a fun interactive video monitor which helps you come up with recipes and ideas for cocktails. I thought it was pretty fun, and had not seen something like this before.

                                                                                              - I enjoyed the Coca Cola machines that have the touch-screen and all the interesting flavor options. We spent about 5 minutes playing with this even though we didn't buy any soda.

                                                                                              - I had some decent (though maybe not fantastic) food: artichoke asiago cakes (basically arancini) were pretty good, asparagus was very nice. Chicken fingers were OK but not super fresh - I like Whole Foods for this better. Kale w/ coconut was tasty, but salty.

                                                                                              - I bought a brand of iced tea I'd never seen before (barley tea w/ cinnamon and ginger). I opened it, and it was gross (tasted like Dimetapp mixed w/ water). I asked one of the staff members if I could replace it with a different drink, and she was fine with this - I chose a simple green tea that cost $0.10 less than my original beverage.

                                                                                              - Bulk food section is pretty good, although different than the Dedham Whole Foods. It seemed less healthy somehow. The bulk candy section is huge. Quite fun. Good chocolate bar selection too, on par w/ Dedham Whole Foods.

                                                                                              - Spoke to our cashier on the way out, and she was in town from Rochester. She told us that she was here for a few days, and that she's really been enjoying the friendly Boston customers. Not sure if someone already mentioned this, but she told us that this Wegmans is bigger than the Pittsford Wegmans, which makes it the biggest Wegmans anywhere.

                                                                                              Anyway, I probably won't make this a regular shopping destination, since it's really not very close to Boston.....but it's certainly worth stopping by, even if it's just to take a look.

                                                                                              Dave MP

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                                                                                              1. re: Dave MP

                                                                                                --The prepared food section, and really the store in general, is worth visiting just for the food-tourism value. It's significantly larger than the Dedham Whole Foods - it seems to have pretty much everything they have, and more. Also, staff were super friendly.--

                                                                                                I must agree especially about the staff. We got badly lost in Worcester and arrived hungry and a little cranky and everyone was so pleasant we ended up staying and spending 100 bucks. Took Hargau's suggestion and had a sub. The wheat bread was still warm and the shaved steak sandwich (14 inches) could feed 4 and was 9 and change. It was a good sandwich but not great. We brought home some thanksgiving type sides (also good but no better than Roche Bros.) and passed on the rotissereie chicken- much smaller than Costco. What we bought was a lot of Wegmans brand products because the prices were so good and wine - also because prices were a little better than Costco or Trader Joe's. It was a fun visit but I wouldn't go back unless I was in the neighborhood.

                                                                                                1. re: Dave MP

                                                                                                  Rochester is midwest friendly and they try to replicate that in their stores. The Roc is on the line dividing the east from the midwest.

                                                                                                  1. re: lergnom

                                                                                                    Hmmmm, I don't see Rochester as "on the line dividing the east from the midwest" (see map below: U.S. Census bureau map of midwest states). I also don't see why a Northeast chain of foodstores can't, of their own accord, just promote a friendly and helpful environment. When I see relaxed, helpful employees, I think it is usually a reflection of being in a decent workplace. Wegman's has a reputation of treating their employees fairly, and paying a decent wage with good work conditions.

                                                                                                    1. re: Science Chick

                                                                                                      Linguistically and culturally, Syracuse and Rochester are the frontier dividing East and the northern Midwest (sometimes aka "Greater New England").

                                                                                                      1. re: Karl S

                                                                                                        "Greater New England"?? There is New England (Maine, NH, VT, CT, MA, RI) and the "Northeast", which is comprised of New England and NY (maybe PA & NJ?). I never heard anyone from NY considering themselves part of "greater New England". RE:lergnom-Yes, my sister lived for years in Rochester and shopped at Wegman's way back when. I spent much time visiting her there, and have lived in the South as well. Sure, every part of the country, and every city for that matter, have very different local cultures. I just don't agree that is necessarily the basis for Wegman's corporate culture. And I doubt that they brought in people to teach them Rochester culture per se, but to train them period (they have to bring people in from Corporate or other existing stores to train the new store, right?).

                                                                                                        At any rate, I think they are a welcome addition to the anemic Central MA foodstore choices. I commute back and forth from Newton to Worcester daily, and it's great to stop in on my way home to pick up good quality organic/vegetarian foods along my way. Saves a trip to WF back in Newton!

                                                                                                    2. re: lergnom

                                                                                                      Hey, folks, this discussion on the geography of Rochester is getting a little unfriendly and is off-topic in any case. If you've got an experience with the new Wegman's location to share, please do, but we'd ask that you let this particular part of the argument go. Thanks.

                                                                                                    3. re: Dave MP

                                                                                                      dave, don't know if you try diff iced teas at home (my 24/7 bev) but fyi, (roasted) barley tea is a popular summer iced tea in japan- mugi cha.It is sold in large bags of tea bags and is cheap. I love it .it should basically taste like toasted wheat.

                                                                                                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                        Yes, I really like barley tea. It's often served at Korean restaurants. I even plan to make some at home sometime soon. But this bottled version I bought was bad. The brand is called Sokenbicha, and here is their website:


                                                                                                        I tried the purple bottle. It was gross. Maybe some of the other colors are better?

                                                                                                        Dave MP

                                                                                                    4. Well - LONG TIME COMING - congratulations to Wegmans and I am looking forward to more stores being opened. I guess 125,000 visitors to Northborough opening speaks for itself. As a relatively recent (4 years ago) implant to Boston area from Rochester my money is that they will succeed here as they have done throughout the North East. Since arriving we have settled down unhappily by splitting our shopping between S&S and MB. If I had a Wegmans convenient to us I would give them all our business. There are many reasons - -but primarily it this their management and staff who are very customer oriented. Anyone who frequents their stores over time will see this I think.

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                                                                                                      1. re: davefoxdad

                                                                                                        Finally got there, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Surprisingly it was not a mad house. Clearly the initial frenzy has dissipated. Bad news for those who use MapQuest. That site's directions drop one on Route 135 in downtown (!) Northborough, about 4 miles from the mall.

                                                                                                        On my first visit I was simply grazing. looking for unusual products and good prices.

                                                                                                        Last week they had hand-sliced to order Norwegian style (double-smoked) salmon at the kosher counter. They also had Scotch style smoked salmon at about the same price. Norwegian is my favorite, but I have practically never seen it in Massachusetts. And for some reason it seems to have disappeared even from Zabar's - - not available during the last three visits there over the past few months.

                                                                                                        Last week it was on sale for about $27 per pound, normally it sells for $29. Either price is a steal. The Zabar's price is about $36, when it is available. Now it is true that the slicer at Wegman's is not an artist like the countermen at Zabar's. The knife is the wrong shape - - too wide a blade. The counter is too low. The packing less oil proof. But it is much cheaper and more convenient than going to the Upper West Side.

                                                                                                        They also offered two buffalo milk cheeses that I had never seen before. I bought the casatica di bufalo for about $20 a pound. Not cheap, but worthwhile as a special treat.

                                                                                                        Most of the steam table food court options did not appeal to me. but I did try two Indian dishes: butter chicken and rogan jhosh. The butter chicken was lousy, avoid it, over-cooked, watery sauced, dry chicken. On the other hand the rogan jhosh was very good. The lamb itself was high quality, no fat or sinews. It was tender and the sauce was excellent. The dish will not put a good Indian restaurant out of business, but it is worth a sampling.

                                                                                                        They have a big fresh-baked bread section. Not worth the trouble. The one bread offered for sampling was undistinguished and the others on display were expensive, and neither smelled nor felt any good, through the packaging.

                                                                                                      2. I've been a couple of times now as I live fairly close by. In some ways I prefer it to my other local options, but I find them oddly lacking in some ways. They have devoted so much space to prepared foods, convenience items, bulk stuff, and (especially) the store brand items, that it seems like the regular groceries have some missing depth. They carry only store brand frozen bagels (no Lenders, and no Rays). They carry Skippy peanut butter but only in humongous jars, no smaller sizes. They only have breakstone cottage cheese in snack sizes, no tubs. They only have 1 size bottle of Cheer "free" laundry detergent, and no regular Cheer at all. These are not earth-shattering, but it just seems a little strange. I wonder if some of these things will change as they get new distributors in the area.

                                                                                                        I do really like their baked goods. The apple fritters are as yummy as I remembered. The in-store made bagels are quite good (maybe not as good as real New York bagels, but better than most anything available out here in the burbs).

                                                                                                        I tried some of their store made sushi...only cooked stuff. Thought it was okay, but the Whole Foods in Framingham has better.

                                                                                                        1. Am thinking of heading out here on Sunday afternoon as we haven't been yet. Has the initial fury died down yet? I hate stalking people in parking lots to get a spot (which is why I avoid malls at Christmas).

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                                                                                                          1. re: Kat

                                                                                                            Kat, Parking is no issue. Checkout is no issue. Lines at service counters, no issue..(even on the grand opening day, these were not issues) Only issue can be congestion in aisles sometimes.