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Oct 23, 2011 07:27 AM

New Whole Foods in Ridge Hill (Yonkers)

The new whole foods in the Ridge Hill Shopping Center is massive and beautiful. Extremely impressed. Such an enjoyable shopping experience.

Their bulk food section is much bigger than White Plains with the welcomed addition bulk liquids such as olive oils and honey. They fill growlers in the cheese sections (5 or 6 beers on tap), their is also a section where you can make your own 6 pack.

Sorry WF White Plains, i will no longer be going to your store.

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  1. What's the parking situation like?

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      1. re: mmimran

        Thanks! Is that for an hour (like WP), or longer? How convenient is it to the store?

        1. re: Elisa515

          I think it said 90 minutes. The parking garage is connected to the store. Couldn't be more convenient.

    1. And I got some discount tickets for WF in the mail. Maybe I will go over there today to find something for dinner. I cannot wait for the Sur la Table to open in November.

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      1. re: roxlet

        I went over to the WF in Ridge Hill and I have a couple of observations that differ slightly from the OPs. One is that the parking situation is horrendous. Oh, it is free with a $10 purchase, and there are plenty of spots, but there is only one exit, and that exit was so backed up that it blocked access for the entering cars. I had to wait there for more than 5 minutes before it moved enough that I could get to the parking area. My second observation is that this WF has an extremely wonky layout that makes it very difficult to navigate. This was probably exacerbated by the fact that it was mid afternoon on a Sunday and there were many WF sightseers who were stopped in their tracks all over the place causing major pedlock. It took me a loop and a half to get near the expanded bulk section with many people just standing and staring. It will be much more convenient for me than the White Plains store and I am sure I will go there when I need items only available from WF.

        1. re: roxlet

          Whole Foods opens near Stew Leonard"s??? Please help me understand this.

          1. re: Big_Salad

            Plenty of people shop at both of those stores. I live in northern Westchester and I travel to go to each (and to TJs). I'm very happy to be able to stay along the Hudson now to get most of my food shopping done.

            Stew's and WF's aren't mutually exclusive shopping opportunities. And ask all the people who shop (for food) at both Stew's and Costco in that area.

            1. re: Elisa515

              Perhaps my sentiment is not that of the average shopper. It just seems more logical to place one of only two Westchester Whole Foods in in a better location than remote, inaccessible Ridge Hill, especially since a thriving luxury supermarket is already there. Fresh Market won't be ready for a while on 22 in Eastchester (who knows how it will compare). Costco and TJ's have their advantages but aren't really in this category. Neither is D'Agostino's, which may be closing.

              1. re: Big_Salad

                It is neither remote nor inaccessible, unless you think the Yonkers Costco or Stew Leonard is. Ridge Hill is the same exit off 87 as Stew Leonard and Costco, and it is easily reachable from the Sprain. I agree that there are many food shopping opportunities in the area, but ostensibly they will be serving what looks to be a very large population that will be living in that huge complex. God help the Bronxville train station when they begin offering shuttle service from Ridge Hill to the station in Bronxville.

                1. re: roxlet

                  As a massive store with massive crowds, Stew's reasonably chose to build on an uninhabited hill in the woods overlooking I-87. Residents near Central Ave and Boston Post Road hate the traffic enough already. Shop Rite can squeak by, but ask Ikea about their similar attempts 10 years ago. Fairway was able to grab the ex-Kmart lot by the Hutch and Bronx border with Pelham. Whole Foods should've done something like this, but I guess they're not about to close up and move because of what I think.

                  1. re: Big_Salad

                    It's a truly massive development, Whole Foods or no. I am concerned by the traffic at the train station in Bronxville when they begin to bus the Ridge Hill residents there. Why would WF choose to open at another location when the opportunity to open in a new development presented itself? Not sure I completely get your point here. Ridge Hill was built on an uninhabited hill overlooking the dump and I-87. Same deal as Stew's -- just a couple of years later!

                    1. re: roxlet

                      I'm saying that Stew Leonard's pretty much has to be in a parallel dimension to contain all the chaos, but smaller Whole Foods (60,000 ft^2 versus 110,000, half the size) can and should be closer to civilization.

                      I'm surprised the many influential folks in Bronxville couldn't divert the shuttle stop plans. Unless they're going to spread it out among a few stations.

                      1. re: Big_Salad

                        "I'm saying that Stew Leonard's pretty much has to be in a parallel dimension to contain all the chaos"
                        What does that mean?

                        1. re: roxlet

                          That they would never build one on a busy main street.

                          1. re: Big_Salad

                            Clearly you've never been to any of the other Stew Leonard's stores--all three are on busy main streets.

                            1. re: Elisa515

                              According to lower Westchester standards? I was in the original Norwalk store years ago and right by Danbury's, much more sparse around there.

                    2. re: Big_Salad

                      Not really sure what your point is either. What does the traffic on Boston Post Road and Central Avenue have to do with Stew's and Whole Foods?

                      I happen to be a fan of Stew's and Costco but there is a time and place for all of them, including Shop Rite and Trader Joe's. And Fairway is in a whole different direction.

                      To me, the more choices, the better. I still find myself going to each and every store, some more than others, but rarely do I go to Whole Foods.

                      1. re: valerie

                        I like that WF is such an improvement on the dismal supermarket scene, but it's expensive and a lot of the food looks much better than it tastes.

                      2. re: Big_Salad

                        I don't understand your comments about IKEA. They wanted to open first in Yonkers right off I-87 (great location), then in New Rochelle and were turned down in both by foolish people. Now the Westchester "location" is in Stratford, CT or Paramus, NJ, since their goal is to be no more than 45 minutes away from customers.

                        As for Whole Foods, I will wait a year or so until they open in Danbury, CT, where there won't be any parking charges.

                        1. re: MisterBill2

                          Unlike Stew's, WF can be anywhere, it's not that big (we've all discussed the many closed supermarkets just waiting for one to take over). The average IKEA can hold about 3 Stew Leonards. So I somewhat understand why massive stores are built "off to the side." I'm with you on the parking fees, but don't like IKEA.

                          1. re: Big_Salad

                            BTW, Whole Foods also chose to build the new Ridge Hill location on "an uninhabited hill in the woods" except it was overlooking the Sprain. The only problem is that the developers somehow thought they were still in White Plains and could charge people for the privilege of shopping there, and apparently WF does not have strong convictions about this since they put up with it in WP. Plus they figure they're paying for your parking if you spend enough, so what's the big deal.

                            1. re: MisterBill2

                              You, demifast, JMF, vinous, and menton are clearly correct on this topic.

                              But if someone else cares to name an exceptionally wonderful food at WF that's worth the hassle, I might give it a try.

              2. re: roxlet

                I had a totally different experience. I was there at about 830am and the store was completely empty.

                1. re: mmimran

                  I assumed that is how it will be, and when I will shop. Mid afternoon on a Sunday is to be avoided.

            2. DH, FIL and I were there this afternoon around 3pm. Major "pedlock" YES! (great word roxlet!)
              Considering this is a new parking experience I'm sure the kinks will be worked out in time.
              Things that this WF has the White Plains one does not:
              a much larger hot buffet selection--hot apple cobbler was yummy
              hot sandwich bar featuring Chicago Beef, Philly Pork, Hot Turkey (all 3 were yummy by the way)
              larger seating area

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              1. re: iluvcookies

                for Big Salad--You can take the Sprain Brook Parway South and get off at Tuckahoe Rd West, and then take a right. It's worht the trip.

                We went there Saturday afternnon and there were lots of people, but we didn't encounter any problems with service , checkout or parking.The only annoyance was when the cheese lady gave me a piece of the cheese I wanted to taste and then offered one to my husband, some unknown "gentleman" standing around the counter, said, "I'll try that", and took it out of her hand before I could open my mouth. Guess there werent' enough freebies in the
                store for his liking.

                  1. re: Maryld

                    By now I've mastered all the secret entrances to this mystical foodland but stand by my previous statement.

                1. It's always seemed to me that the jump in quality btw wf and stews doesn't justify the price difference but not sure what pricing is like for yonkers.

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                  1. re: vinouspleasure

                    I too believe that the food is fresher at Stew's and better priced. Like Whole Foods, their higher tier packaged items, A1 sauce and Mallomars for example, can be bought for far less money at a Shop Rite or Target.

                  2. Whole Foods, boo. Fairway yeah!!

                    WF soups at the soup bar are made from a package mix. BOOOO!

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                    1. re: menton1

                      That's silly, I know they have 300+ stores versus 9 for Fairway and 4 for Stews, but fresh soup isn't that costly, especially with all the other store foods prepared from scratch (I hope).

                      1. re: Big_Salad

                        It's not costly, it's time consuming. Package takes 30 seconds. WF definitely uses packaged mix to make their soups, I have had this confirmed by more than 1 person that works there now and a couple of folks that used to work at WF.