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Feb 14, 2012 02:59 PM

Glen Mills Whole Foods Market

Mark your calendars. Opening day is Wednesday, March 14th.

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  1. I can't believe how long they've been working on that store. My calendar is marked! I have a feeling it'll resemble an opening day at Wegmans.

    (BTW, this should probably be posted on the Philly board, too.)

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    1. re: CindyJ

      Got it. I forgot to add that the store will have:
      • Wood Fired Pizza
      • Organic Coffee Bar
      • 8 Local Beers on Tap
      • Locally Sourced Produce
      • Seafood delivered Six Days a Week
      • Fresh Local Pasta
      • Organic Salad Bar

      1. re: bluehensfan

        and half of my kids' inheritance after I do my shop-through!

        1. re: FriedClamFanatic

          Worse, even, than shopping at Wegmans?

          1. re: CindyJ

            I have only beeen to a Whole Foods San Rafeal CA. My take is they have lots of interesting stuff, lots of prepared items that look good, portray a "green" image........true or not.......and are pricey. I'll give it a few tries, see what goodies they have. I suspect they will put the Fresh Foods place in Brinton Lakes on their ear and will be fun for specialty items but not for day to day stuff.

            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

              I had the same thought about the Fresh Market. I really like that store -- even the "ambiance." But I don't know how both stores can make it, being so close to each other, and I doubt that WF will be the one to suffer.

              I know exactly what you mean about shopping at WF "for specialty items but not for day to day stuff." That's pretty much how I shop at Wegmans; in fact, I rarely even go up and down the regular grocery aisles. What's exciting is that our shopping choices are getting better and better all the time. I remember back in the day when I had to drive down to Wilmington to do my grocery shopping at Pathmark. Yes, there was an old, OLD Acme in Kennett (where the Rite-Aid is now), but it was a dismal store. Guess we're not in the boonies any more!

              1. re: CindyJ

                You should move to Hockessin where you have your choice of Acme in Hockessin or the Acme in Pike Creek. Granted there are other choices but you have to go to PA, the Kirkwood Hwy, Newark, or North Wilmington.

                  1. re: bluehensfan

                    Yes, and out of the Hockessin options, I choose the Pathmark on Lancaster Ave. Sad but true. Boy, does Acme stink.

                    I wish Wegmans would open up here. I don't really like Whole Foods that much, but I still have fond memories of shopping at Wegmans 25 years ago when I was in college in Ithaca, NY. And my mom raves about her Wegmans in NJ. Sigh.

                    1. re: travelmad478

                      From Hockessin, I'll bet Wegmans in Downingtown isn't more than a 40-minute drive. It might be worth the trip every now and then. I drive about that long to get to Costco down in Christiana.

                      1. re: travelmad478

                        Whoa. The Pathmark with the armed security guard? I'd rather battle the fogeys at Acme!

                        1. re: bluehensfan

                          If there is an armed security guard, I haven't noticed. As for the groceries, Pathmark is way better than Acme. Their meat selection is really quite decent (and unlike Acme, they actually sell pork that is not injected with brine and chemicals) and the produce selection is better, too. I like the fact that the store has a sizeable Hispanic clientele, because it means they have much more interesting vegetables and cuts of meat. Acme, and the Hockessin store in particular, is so "white bread" that I won't shop there.

                          I live 2 miles from the Hockessin Acme and only go there if I absolutely have to. It's clean and pretty, but they don't have the stuff I want to buy. Just like the Acme in Trolley Square where I used to live, and the Acme in Fairfax shopping center on 202. I have been in there looking for things like parsnips and heavy cream, pretty standard stuff, and they were out of stock. Not worth bothering, IMO.

                          1. re: travelmad478

                            Funny you should mention those two Acmes (Trolley and Fairfax) because there was a time when each of those were the closest markets to places where I lived. Talk about AWFUL! I don't think the Trolley Sq. store has improved much these days. I stopped in there not too long ago while on a jaunt to Moore Bros., right across the street, and although I definitely noticed signs of modernization, the store was still bleak.

                            1. re: travelmad478

                              I went to the Giant in West Grove today. Not bad, they have nice produce and Muir Glen tomatoes!

                        2. re: bluehensfan

                          I do sympathize with you regarding the lack of quality food markets. OTOH, you Delawareans live in "the land of the free" where wine and liquor selections are concerned. Here in PA we're under something akin to Communist rule.

                        3. re: CindyJ

                          As I'd mentioned in the other thread regarding this topic; there's a new State Store directly across Route 1 from The Fresh Market next to the Acme.

                          I think they'll do just fine whether there's a Hole Foods or not.

                          1. re: Pedr0

                            I wasn't aware of the new State Store -- is that in the Target/Home Depot shopping center? I don't recall asking/commenting about the state store in the other thread.

                            I actually avoid the PA State Stores as much as possible, and, unless it's one of the "premium" stores (HAH!), I'd just as soon go to the one out in Kennett in an emergency. Thank goodness I'm close enough to DE to do my wine shopping there.

                            1. re: CindyJ

                              Cindy........stick with Kennett............Yes.there is one in the Acme/Home Depot plaza now with an expanded wine listing, but Kennett probably has as much. The new store is closer to me (I'm behind the Battlefield)......and I'm still an old stick in the mud fan of independent bookstores, so a sojurn to Chester County Bookstore and the State store there usally tides me over. DE liquor stores......well that's a whole 'nother thing!

                              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                I always find myself getting really angry when I'm in a PA State Store. First because the prices are outrageous. Then because everything in those stores is so "mass produced." Then because there's just no respect for the products -- the way they're shelved, like cans of Campbell's soup. And maybe most of all because I can almost never find what I'm looking for. Thank goodness for Moore Bros.!

                                BTW, I think the Chester County Bookstore is a gem! May it live long and prosper!

                            2. re: Pedr0

                              Could you kindly explain what a State Store is? I've never heard the term and I'm in good ol DE, not far from the new Whole Foods that's coming...

                              1. re: mwerkharder

                                It's where Pennsylvanians buy there booze. Except for beer.

                                1. re: mwerkharder

                                  And the state stores are government-run, with government employees working in the stores. So you buy only what the PLCB (Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board) wants you to buy, and every bottle you buy carries a hidden 18% tax that goes back to the days of the Johnstown flood in 1936.

                                  1. re: CindyJ

                                    Not to mention they then charge you "Sales tax" on top

                  2. My bank is next door and i had to go there this morning. By 9:45 the entire parking lot was filled and there was a line of about 20 cars waiting at the light to turn left. And most of the folks looked like old me! So I think I"ll wait until next week

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                    1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                      When Wegman's opened in Downingtown, it was a news-breaking event; I imagine this will be similar. I'm eager to check out WF, but I don't mind waiting for the hoopla to fade. I was wondering about the back-up at that light; it might be faster to turn into Old Ridge Village and cross 202 at the light. I also wondered whether that parking lot is actually large enough for the business the store will draw.

                      You're braver than I am, FCF -- keep us posted on your adventures.

                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                        Yeah the lot seemed overflowing. Probably nobody will be there tomorrow though...

                          1. re: CindyJ

                            Maybe Friday? I'd avoid being there over the weekend I bet.

                            1. re: bluehensfan

                              I wouldn't even want to be traveling that stretch of 202 over the weekend.

                              1. re: bluehensfan

                                I may go on Saturday right when it opens (10am). May not.

                        1. I've gone to the Plymouth Meeting and Devon stores so it's not like it's anything new but I left the office early yesterday thinking I might get a beer and a slice of pizza, sit back and watch the fun. However, yes that parking lot was as full as I've ever seen it so I drove right on by. I'll likely stop there once the "tourists" are gone.

                          1. I decided to wait until Monday......hopefully by then the furor and wekend warriors will have died down

                            and..hehe.I always take the backroads to avoid the Gawdzillion lights they now have

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                            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                              My Saturday travels just happened to take me by there while driving north on 202. I found my car pretty much navigating itself into the small entrance on the south side of the shopping center. Next thing ya know, I was IN! It's more than a little overwhelming, but in a good -- make that a VERY good -- way. I only had a small shopping list, and I really wasn't in the mood to navigate through the crowds just to browse, but I can't wait to get back on a weekday, when I can (hopefully) take in more of the store. Interestingly enough, when I left the store (this was at about 3:00 PM), there were actually parking spaces to be found, and the line waiting to turn left at the light was only about 4-5 cars long.

                            2. Finally went........and was,,,,,,,under-whelmed. Nice Cheese and bread selection. Meats and Veggies nothing special. I'm not a big prepared food person, so won't comment. The pasta/chinese/thai/cookie/cracker/BBQ/canned soup shelves held little of interest outside of what I can find at Giants at much less. Maybe Trader Joes and Fresh Foods can still survive. But it was busy on a Monday afternoon.