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givemecarbs Dec 8, 2012 10:40 AM

Saw the sign at the construction site. Bah.

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  1. yummykimmy RE: givemecarbs Dec 8, 2012 04:17 PM

    Good things come to those who wait :)

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      givemecarbs RE: yummykimmy Dec 9, 2012 07:23 PM

      It is just as well. I Gotta start earning more money before then. That location will be way too convenient. Especially if (god help me) they are open 24 hours like the one in warrington.

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        Bacchus101 RE: yummykimmy Aug 27, 2013 05:22 AM

        “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

      2. bucksguy14 RE: givemecarbs Dec 11, 2012 06:27 PM

        I thought that was the time frame they gave when the store was first mentioned in the newspapers? Can't come too soon for me, I'm tired of having to drive to Warrington or Collegeville. Now, if we just get the Montgomeryville Costco to add a gas station!!

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          givemecarbs RE: bucksguy14 Dec 12, 2012 02:43 AM

          Costco gas would rock. And beer wine and alcohol

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            bucksguy14 RE: givemecarbs Dec 12, 2012 06:02 AM

            There's a nice empty space beside the parking area for a gas station. I hit the ones in Warminster or Sanatoga whenever I'm in those areas. They're always a few cents cheaper than anyone else!

        2. crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Dec 12, 2012 05:04 AM

          Bucksguy is correct. It was always supposed to open toward the end of 2013. I too am tired to driving to Warrington or Collegeville.

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            cwdonald RE: crazyspice Dec 12, 2012 07:04 AM

            It is an easier drive now with the 202 parkway (is that what they are calling it? Or bypass... anyway, much smoother ride). And they are doing complete construction of the new Wegman's so it does not surprise me that it will take this long. My biggest concern is the impact on the traffic at five points and that area. Its already bad.

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              crazyspice RE: cwdonald Dec 12, 2012 07:20 AM

              Wegman's is one of my husband's customers. I am keeping tabs on the status. The traffic up there has been a nightmare for years! Hopefully the new bypass will help, but I still see myself gritting my teeth.

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                bucksguy14 RE: crazyspice Dec 12, 2012 01:51 PM

                One of the advantages of moving to Upper Gwynedd 5 years ago - I can get there without putting up with five points!!! CW is correct. The parkway cut about 7 minutes from my ride to Wegman's in Warrington.

          2. Bacardi1 RE: givemecarbs Dec 12, 2012 02:00 PM

            It'll definitely be worth the wait.

            Our Wegmans here in Lake Manassas, VA, is by far my favorite supermarket. It's a 45- minute drive, so I don't go there for frequent everyday stuff, but the drive is worth every minute for a full week's worth food shopping trip.

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              bucksguy14 RE: Bacardi1 Dec 12, 2012 02:59 PM

              We're just waiting for a store CLOSER to us. I think most of those who've posted here are driving about 30 minutes, perhaps a little more, to one of two "local" stores. The new store, for me, will be less than 10 minutes! We definitely don't have to wait for it to open to enjoy shopping at Wegmans.

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                givemecarbs RE: bucksguy14 Dec 12, 2012 03:22 PM

                I hope the food court is more like the warrington one. I love eating upstairs overlooking the salad bar and bakery. It's almost always possible to find a nice quiet table for people watching.
                There is even a kiddy area to keep the young and the restless entertained. The collegeville eating area seems claustrophobic by comparison.

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                  cwdonald RE: givemecarbs Dec 13, 2012 04:06 AM

                  I hope its actually more like Collegeville where it is a full restaurant, and you can have alcohol beverages there. Warrington feels like a cafeteria. I agree its nice to be above, but Collegeville really is a nicer atmosphere.

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                    givemecarbs RE: cwdonald Dec 13, 2012 10:45 AM

                    Before or after you sit down to eat? I agree it is like a cafeteria while you are getting the plunder.
                    You can have beer or wine at Warrington as well although once again I think I missed out on the mad elf. It sells out faaast.

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                      cwdonald RE: givemecarbs Dec 13, 2012 02:09 PM

                      If I want good beer in that area, I will go to Tj Smiths, any one of the doylestown bars or over to Blue Dog. Collegeville has a real bar, and its a lot nicer than the Warrington Wegman's experience.

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              givemecarbs RE: givemecarbs Mar 29, 2013 11:59 PM

              This is just rumor but Wegman's might be opening sooner. John says his parents want him to get a job there soon, that they will be hiring as they keep pushing the opening up. I can dream.

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                gaffk RE: givemecarbs Mar 30, 2013 05:13 PM

                Well John better hurry; the application process has begun.

                http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/sto...

                My friend's daughter applied and the interviews are to begin mid-April. They want the staff to start in the summer for training, setting up the store, stocking, etc. But she was told a fall opening is still expected. (And this press release says opening is in November.)

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                  givemecarbs RE: gaffk Mar 30, 2013 07:11 PM

                  Thanks I'll tell John

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                givemecarbs RE: givemecarbs Aug 27, 2013 02:02 AM

                God help me it's gonna be a 24 hour one.
                http://lansdale.patch.com/groups/busi...

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                  givemecarbs RE: givemecarbs Aug 27, 2013 11:22 AM

                  Pant pant pant
                  Come Nov. 3, the Montgomery Mall will become a new kind of mecca—one where shoppers can get groceries, grab a glass of wine and a meal with table service, get some work done on Wi-Fi in a coffeeshop, chill to the sounds of live music inside and outside on the patio, and mix and match to craft 6- or 12-packs from more than 500 varieties of beer.
                  Wegmans is set to open its 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week grocery superstor

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                    cwdonald RE: givemecarbs Aug 27, 2013 11:54 AM

                    And five points will become another ....... major traffic jam. Will really be interesting to see the effects on 202, 309 and the whole Mall area, (which for the most part has been dying since the death of several of the anchor stores... ).

                    I am also hoping it is going to make the Warrington one a bit less crowded but they really may be too far apart to have much effect. It definitely will syphon off business from TJs and WF. Aldis should be safe though ;-)

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                      bucksguy14 RE: cwdonald Aug 27, 2013 02:09 PM

                      The traffic impact won't be on five points, it'll be 309 & N. Wales Rd, which is already a bottle neck with a short light on the N. Wales Rd. sides. Wegmans won't draw me back into the mall with the stores that are currently there.

                      I have been driving a 1/2 hr. to either Warrington or Collegeville, and sometime KOP, so I'll definitely drop the count at the sores because the new store will be less than 10 minutes from my home. And, since I'm retired, I try to avoid the "working people" as much as possible both shopping and on the road. Can't wait for 11/3 to arrive!

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                        givemecarbs RE: bucksguy14 Aug 27, 2013 02:53 PM

                        Ditto bucksguy. Not the retired part but the anticipation. I'm a night owl and sometimes drive to warrington for the best late night munchie run ever. As long as I go after ten pm traffic shouldn't be a problem for me. But my waistline and my wallet are afraid. Very afraid.
                        I tried to look in the windows but you aren't allowed past the yellow tape that looks like a crime scene. At least that is what the security guard told me. It looks like the food court will be on the ground floor. I was hoping for elevation like at warrington. I just get a kick out of people watching from above when I eat there.

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                  givemecarbs RE: givemecarbs Aug 31, 2013 03:17 PM

                  wow I really feel lucky now to have a Wegmans soon :http://lansdale.patch.com/groups/givi... Like I wasn't already really pumped.

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                    bucksguy14 RE: givemecarbs Sep 2, 2013 07:18 PM

                    I've been impressed with Wegmans since I walked into one in Rochester, NY about 20 years ago. The only thing that's ever disappointed me is that they, like every other store for some reason, cannot keep Granny Smith apples fresh. I don't think I've bought a GS apple in the past 5-10 years that didn't have some brown spots when they are sliced?

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                    bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Sep 13, 2013 11:20 AM

                    My husband is doing the electrical work on the store. He sends me pictures as it moves along and it's awesome.

                    It's also pretty sad that I can name every single product area and counter even when it's bare boned brackets.

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                      givemecarbs RE: bugablue13 Sep 14, 2013 03:38 AM

                      Heh. So the food court will be on the ground level?

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                        bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Sep 14, 2013 04:41 AM

                        The mall food court is on the first floor. Wegs is lined up with second floor on that upper lot.

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                          crazyspice RE: bugablue13 Sep 14, 2013 07:39 AM

                          I don't go to the mall regularly. When did the food court move to the first floor?

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                            givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Sep 14, 2013 12:06 PM

                            Oh sorry for creating confusion crazyspice. I meant the wegman's food court. I'm obsessed with the warrington wegmans upper level food court where you can be dining overlooking the whole panorama that is wegmans and was hoping the new one would be the same. Doh.
                            Still very enthused about having a 24 7 wegmans closer to me.

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                              crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Sep 15, 2013 02:52 PM

                              Not you Carbs. bugablue13 mentioned the mall food court being on the first floor.

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                                bugablue13 RE: crazyspice Sep 15, 2013 03:41 PM

                                Sorry about that! I misunderstood my husband. The Wegs is on the second floor as well as the food court. But there will not be an entrance from the mall into the store. You will have to use external doors. Guess they don't want grocery carts all over the mall.

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                      bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Sep 24, 2013 08:17 AM

                      My husband has been told the opening date is November 2nd! They already have the various department leads walking around doing inspections before they start stocking!

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                        givemecarbs RE: bugablue13 Sep 24, 2013 11:16 AM

                        Woot

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                          cwdonald RE: givemecarbs Sep 24, 2013 11:49 AM

                          Can't wait for the crowds in that store around Thanksgiving...

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                            givemecarbs RE: cwdonald Sep 24, 2013 05:32 PM

                            Not at ten pm or later he he

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                              bucksguy14 RE: cwdonald Oct 17, 2013 07:07 AM

                              Another advantage for us retired folks - shopping when there aren't any of the "working people" around!! Whenever possible, I stay away from shopping on weekends and stay off the roads for the morning/evening "rush"!!

                              Everything I've seen says the store open Sunday 11/3. I won't go there before the following Wednesday. When you go, watch for the people with "Wegmans Eyes" who've never been in a Wegs before! Just look around, they're as easy to recognize as the folks who are walking around Costco for the first time with "Costco Eyes"!

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                                givemecarbs RE: bucksguy14 Oct 17, 2013 11:54 AM

                                The first time I went to Costco I could not find my car afterwards. I was bedazzled. Hiked over to the chinese restaurant (luckily it was near closing time for Costco) and when I was done eating behold! My car was right there easy to locate.
                                I hear that there is no entrance from the mall to Wegmans but I am really looking forward to an early dinner with a glass of wine or beer and then walking around the mall a bit.

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                                  curly girl RE: bucksguy14 Nov 5, 2013 08:04 AM

                                  Haven't been to the new Wegman's yet, but hope to get there tomorrow afternoon. My daughter went on opening day and said it didn't seem any more crowded than a regular Sunday afternoon at Wegman's. bucksguy - I absolutely love your description of first time visitors with "Wegman's Eyes". I'm sure I looked like that the first time I was in the Warrington store. Living in Harleysville, I am basically 20 minutes from the Collegeville store and the one in North Wales, so I could go to either. I will be checking out the new store sometime tomorrow afternoon, God willing. One of my favorite Wegman's purchases is the Ultimate Chocolate Cake. Even if you buy the small one, it serves 6-8 people as you only need a small piece - it's THAT good.

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                            bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Nov 3, 2013 04:12 AM

                            TODAY TODAY TODAY!! Lord help me, I'm going to bring the (4) kids in with my husband who is "on call" in case of any electrical issues. Management said it should be a little less crazy than other openings in the area like Malvern and Collegeville because people out in that area may not much about the store. Let's hope....

                            I'll probably have on a Ravens jersey, so say hi!

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                              givemecarbs RE: bugablue13 Nov 3, 2013 08:51 AM

                              Oh boy oh boy oh boy! John and I are supposed to head over to Wegmans around seven pm. It would be lovely to hit the pub but I think we will likely just get something from the buffets and try to eat in the food court area. If we can find a table. I got coupons in the mail too.

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                                bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Nov 3, 2013 11:54 AM

                                It. Was. CRAZY! Then again, I had 4 kids and a husband to try and wrangle. But wow! I've never been to an opening. They had police everywhere directing traffic. I can't imagine by 7 it will be that nuts. Worse case, grab a 6 pack and some carry out and relax at home!

                                The sample ladies helped keep the kids quiet though :) And of course they were super proud of dad because he did the power for the train, lol.

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                                  givemecarbs RE: bugablue13 Nov 3, 2013 12:57 PM

                                  Nice. What did you get to eat and drink buga?

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                                    bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Nov 3, 2013 01:37 PM

                                    Southern Tier Pumking, best pumpkin ale ever, a baguette, Port Salut cheese, marcona almonds and stuff to make my iron skillet chicken parm. Let me know how you guys do! If you eat at the pup I highly recommend the calamari and pepper app!

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                                      givemecarbs RE: bugablue13 Nov 3, 2013 08:32 PM

                                      We hit the hot foods bar. All three of us loved the samosas. My one friend got vegetarian lasagna and some delish eggplant from the hot veggie bar. John loaded up on mozzarella sticks. I got thai veggies and also lamb and naan and rice from the Indian food section. I let John pick the beverages and he chose woodchuck hard cider.
                                      There was an excited buzz in the air even at seven pm. All the desserts looked fabulous, I really want to try that pumpkin cheesecake. I'm also looking forward to eating at the pub and then walking off some of the calories in the mall.

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                                        bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Nov 5, 2013 08:13 AM

                                        My husband got called to go to the store all week to troubleshoot any issues with the electrical systems. He's already gotten about 10 texts with stuff to bring home! HA HA this is awesome. So far.... shredded brussels sprouts, Weg's grapefruit-cherry soda, milky brie and a baguette, more pumpkin beer, apple crisp...etc.

                            2. Bacchus101 RE: givemecarbs Nov 4, 2013 05:04 AM

                              Like it , love it or not; Wegman's is with out doubt a game changer in the Philadelphia market place. Their 5 area store have set a new standard for food shopping. Having lived in other areas of the country which had Wegman type markets I was dismayed when returning to Pennsylvania to find the "same old, same old" with only some small efforts by some stores to enhance the entire shopping experience. I for one welcome all the various , new to the area, markets from Aldi and Walmart on one end to Whole (Paycheck) Food on the other. Choice and competition its the American way.

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                                givemecarbs RE: Bacchus101 Nov 4, 2013 11:29 AM

                                What are some of your favorite items Bacchus? Trying to decide whether to renew my Costco membership.

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                                  Bacchus101 RE: givemecarbs Nov 4, 2013 03:01 PM

                                  carbs, not sure what I like are Wegman specific items or house brands. With that said I do like their Kosher chicken salad(not because of any personal requirements) it seems better; I have been told it is made inhouse and the regular is ordered in. The Wegman's Premium Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Creams are a favorite. Our Bouvier eats large amounts of chicken and at a regular price of $1.99 for boneless breasts it is frequently in our cart. For me it is the entire experience across interesting and nicely presented departments that attracts me. Which brings to mind "The best Cake you ever ate" vanilla and chocolate in the bakery. I find prices on most items fair, not cheap but fair. Generally good quality and a wide open "no questions asked return policy". We have had some very good hand cuts of meat and the option for prime. As noted here previously and as you know Costco has some very good products at warehouse pricing below most similar Items at supermarkets including at Wegmans, however quite a different environment which makes any price differences easier to take.

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                                    givemecarbs RE: Bacchus101 Nov 4, 2013 04:19 PM

                                    Thanks for the tip about the chicken salad Bacchus. I was getting legs and thighs for my dog at the warrington wegmans until I mostly switched to costco. Okay this is embarassing but I already went back to Wegmans again today. They were sampling beer and also juices. My friend ended up buying a pint of green glory juice to have with our hot foods meal.
                                    Wegmans does make it fun to shop there with the choo choo and the barn door near the entrance which opens up once in awhile. It was kind of surreal to hear a rooster crowing atop the bedlam of opening week.
                                    I got crispy thai chicken and vegetable fried rice along with some leeks and mushrooms in a mustardy sauce. My friend really enjoyed his fried onion rings, asparagus and potatoes. We went during the early dinner rush so everything was quite fresh. The food court area is pretty relaxing to eat at, with lots of people watching to be had. As at the warrington one there is a kiddy area as well.
                                    Next time my friend is planning to dig into the organic salad bar.

                              2. gaffk RE: givemecarbs Nov 4, 2013 04:40 PM

                                So today was my first visit to a Wegman's and I was pretty impressed. I really just went to check it out and pick up my freebies, but we ended up spending almost two hours. We didn't partake of any of the prepared foods--all of which, with the exception of the pizza, looked very good and fresh. But we did sample 5 or 6 cheeses (and despite having a fridge full of cheese, we bought a very good hard swiss cheese), a warm veggie dish, salsa, a couple of juices and who knows what else.

                                Did anybody else notice the black truffles in the produce section? $999.99/lb. I didn't notice any takers, but it's nice to know they're available if needed.

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                                  givemecarbs RE: gaffk Nov 4, 2013 10:11 PM

                                  Awesome gaffk! They have those truffles at the warrington store too. Under lock and key for some odd reason. We always joke about buying them for my one pet. Can't wait to try the pub.

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                                    gaffk RE: givemecarbs Nov 5, 2013 08:50 AM

                                    Hmmm . . . wonder why those truffles would be under lock and key ;)

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                                      amysep RE: gaffk Nov 5, 2013 11:27 AM

                                      Thought that was pretty cool - I actually took a pic and sent it to my husband. I'm a little weirded out by the "over the moon" enthusiasm for wegmans. I'm kinda uncomfortable reading some of these posts! Maybe it's just me and I will come under its spell one day? I thought it was great for the area for two main reasons -
                                      The cheese section (I am dumbfounded that the ambler/north wales etc. area doesn't have a great local cheesemonger in the area) and the seafood section (see same note above). Since moving to the area a year ago (from Brooklyn),there wasn't a single thing I missed about living in NYC except those 2 things and couldn't believe the cheese/seafood places just really didnt exist within 15 miles. I'm happy wegmans is here. It was a bit too crowded and ridiculously large for me at the moment, but maybe with time the hype will calm down a bit and ill memorize the map. I'm also 8 months pregnant and walking 3 city blocks to try and find dishwasher detergent (another gripe - can they have more genuinely Eco-friendly products available?) was a bit much! Maybe after I give birth I'll be down with it.

                                      I requested octopus from the fish monger there and they said they'd call me with info. That was cool. The butchers and seafood mongers seemed to be genuinely informed. The cheese lady not so much (why aren't they making mozzarella in house? Really?). The bread was fab and I like that I can get whole loaves to cut myself. I'm also psyched Bc I finally found canned hominy which, for some reason has been a royal pain to find in these parts.

                                      I guess next we will have to try the pub but I worry about the overhyping factor... I trust you chowhounders though!

                                       
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                                        cwdonald RE: amysep Nov 5, 2013 11:34 AM

                                        Amy thanks for your thoughtful post. You are definitely going to be struggling if your metric is NYC. That said, I actually like the selection of cheese at Whole Foods in North Wales as well as the Wegmans in Warrington (have not been to the Montgomeryville store yet though I do not think it will be much different. ) And the person manning the counter at Whole Foods is quite knowledgeable. For fresh mozz in the area, I would check A Taste of Italy in spring house, as I do believe they make it fresh there.

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                                          amysep RE: cwdonald Nov 5, 2013 11:55 AM

                                          Thanks! It's funny, After 12 years living in NYC, I never drank the koolaid. It really isn't that awesome. I've found virtually one of everything that has exactly what I need around the philly area so moving out of New York is hasn't really resulted in me "missing anything" Bc I can get everything (and in many cases better things!) here. I love that feeling - except
                                          I need some local place that makes soup dumplings closer than philly and some
                                          Puerto Rican food closer to home but beggars can't be choosers!).

                                          The thing that's funny is, just like in Brooklyn , I went to different store for different things. I'm doing the same here in the montco burbs but with a car! Italian I have sam's and taste of Italy, Indian there's shiva and patels. Assi has been a savior for so many things and hmart isn't too far. There arw 2 little mexican marts i frequent in ambler that offer what i need to make some Authentic tacos at home.
                                          Wegmans, whole foods and trader joes offer plenty options for so many other things. I have Carl Venezia for a nice butcher and have no problem getting good (to not awesome) Vietnamese, Mexican, Korean, Japanese eastern european etc. within 20 miles.

                                          This area has surprised me in so many ways. Wegmans will be on my list for certain things but probably won't be the place I will do a "big shop" unless I can get a babysitter!

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                                          gaffk RE: amysep Nov 5, 2013 11:47 AM

                                          As we wandered the cheese area I was struck by what this may mean for my two go-to cheese places in the area: The Grand Fromage in Skippack and the cheese shop in Chestnut Hill (both of which, BTW, are well within 15 miles of Ambler/North Wales). Generally I hit these shops when I'm out for an afternoon of lunch and boutique browsing. But now, with such a selection less than a mile from my door, I am going to have to be really disciplned to save some cheese room for my favorite local mom & pops.

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                                            amysep RE: gaffk Nov 5, 2013 12:00 PM

                                            I will say this - the chestnut hill cheese shop is FAR better than the one at wegmans. They live and breath cheese there and, even when it's crowded, they take great care if you. I once got full trying cheese there. It's hard to be in there w a kid though and that's why it's not really in my "rotation". I love that place and, you are right, we need to keep frequenting the mom and pop shops Bc we will all be singing another tune on these boards in a few years if the "corporate monster" takes down our beloved small shops.

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                                              gaffk RE: amysep Nov 5, 2013 12:17 PM

                                              Those Chestnut Hill guys are fantastic, but you're right that it's not kid-friendly as it is small and usually crowded. You should try the Fromagerie in Skippack . . . it's much roomier and they usually have cookies ;) The selection is not as large, but the owner is equally knowledgeable. (Plus the parking is free.)

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                                            Bacchus101 RE: amysep Nov 5, 2013 12:00 PM

                                            Interesting observations Amy. To understand the "over-the-moon" one must consider the starting point, what has been available in this general area has been mediocre. One can probably find many things they do not like or that could be improved at Wegman's but compared to what the area had it is a huge upgrade. The new entrees: Wegmans, Whole Foods, and those at the other end have brought a major metro area into the 21st century in food shopping. Of course some, including me, would rather have the 19th century with the small shops, bakers, butchers, green grocers but as that is only an option in limited areas and at high cost, I welcome the new kids on the block.

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                                              PhillyBestBYOB RE: amysep Nov 6, 2013 03:47 AM

                                              Wow, that's a lot more and bigger truffles than at the Wegman's in Collegeville (where they look kind of lonely)!

                                              [I know if I were in the market for a truffle, which I'm not likely to be, I wouldn't be buying one at a grocery store.]

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                                                Bacchus101 RE: PhillyBestBYOB Nov 6, 2013 03:50 AM

                                                Point of interest: Where does one buy truffles?

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                                                  PhillyBestBYOB RE: Bacchus101 Nov 6, 2013 04:01 AM

                                                  I'm not sure around here (I just cheat and use truffle oil--oh the horror!). We do a Alba white truffle dinner at Blackfish every year, and I don't remember where Chip gets them but it's a famous purveyor in NYC.

                                                  Good news is white truffle prices are way, way down from last year. Here's an amusing video (I hope they are not serving suckling pig with their truffles!):

                                                  http://vinousmedia.com/multimedia/ant...

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                                                    amysep RE: PhillyBestBYOB Nov 6, 2013 05:04 AM

                                                    We have used Urbani.com (only cause when we have been in Europe that's often the brand of truffle stuff that are easily found in stores. I have also use http://www.gourmetattitude.com (out of NYC) which has some delicious truffle cream, truffle honey as well as many other truffle related things (including a variety of fresh and frozen truffles). Even with the price of white truffles "way down" I'm saddened to say I STILL can't afford it. Damn it! Maybe next year?

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                                                      PhillyBestBYOB RE: amysep Nov 6, 2013 05:38 AM

                                                      Yeah, that pile in front of Mario is probably pushing $10,000 (wholesale!).

                                                      Must be nice to be Mario, serving it on a sunny side up egg...

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                                              bsims76 RE: gaffk Nov 5, 2013 06:04 PM

                                              The truffles displayed at Wegmans are exactly that - a display. Truffles have a very, very short shelf life, they were probably essentially worthless before they even put them in the box as I don't see them possibly selling enough to keep that many fresh on hand (and "the box" always looks suspiciously the same in the Collegeville store). I really, really hope no one has ever been suckered into buying them.

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                                            bugablue13 RE: gaffk Nov 5, 2013 08:16 AM

                                            The pizza there is actually very good, both cooked in store and take home. We like them on the grill.

                                            I got the pre-topped brie with the chutney and already finished it. Husband has orders to get more!

                                            And as with all the stores, everyone there was so nice and helpful. If you ask them for directions to something or if they have this or that every one of them drops what they are doing and takes you there personally. I actually had a guy come over when we were trying to get out of the Pub side door "block" for me. He was SO nice. I had 4 kids and people were shoulder to shoulder. I think I'd still be there if he hadn't cleared a path!

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                                              gaffk RE: bugablue13 Nov 5, 2013 08:50 AM

                                              Agree on the people aspect. I was talking to the woman who was making the veggie tastings and she asked if I had gotten my Wegman's card. When I said yes, she asked if I had picked up my free braising oil (which she was using for the veggies) I said I hadn't found it yet. She reached under the counter and gave me a bottle. I can't wait to use it myself as those veggies were pretty tasty.

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                                                givemecarbs RE: gaffk Nov 5, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                The freebies are so nice. My friend got the oil and a free wegmans shopping bag too for signing up. Buga I'm heading right for that pre-topped brie next time! I haven't made it around much of the store yet. They used to have this hot prepared meals counter for six eight or ten dollars at the warrington location. I always got salmon or crabcake with wonderful sides but they stopped doint that. Doubt they will have it here but I have to make it that far. The hot and cold buffets get me every time.

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                                                  gaffk RE: givemecarbs Nov 5, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                  Yeah, I got the free bag, free bread and free eggs too. Next week free carrots and 5 lb of flour. Funny, I swore I wouldn't get sucked in to the whole Wegman's frenzy. And I certainly wouldn't visit until it had been open a few weeks. Those freebies get me every time.

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                                                    cwdonald RE: gaffk Nov 5, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                    Gaffk, how did you find the selection compared to Whole Foods in North Wales?

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                                                      gaffk RE: cwdonald Nov 5, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                      I thought it was impressive, certainly a wider selection than WF. However, it seemed more spread out than WF--I tried two cheeses ( a parm and another I forget except that it was salty and nutty) at one counter. Then a few steps along was another counter with three different tastes (a topped brie, a goat's cheese that escapes me, and an emmentaler that won the day and the purchase). Then a little farther along there was yet more cheese. I'm not sure if this is a function of opening week or if they are using a classification system I haven't yet cracked: my first encounter seemed to be "cooking" cheeses, the second "cheese plate" cheeses and the third was more "standard" cheeses.

                                                      It's only been one visit on a very crowded lunch time crush on day 2. So although my impression is a wider selection, I can't say if it's an overall better selection. Also, the knowledge of the folks at the two counters I spoke to varied greatly: one didn't know much about the cheese, the other could give me the full run-down on where/how the cheeses were made and their flavor profiles. I like the knowledge of the WF folks (and, of course my Skippack and Chestnut Hill guys), so this will influence my buying patterns as well.

                                                      I will definitely return at a calmer time and do a more detailed inspection . . . that 18-month aged emmentaler won't last forever.

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                                                        PhillyBestBYOB RE: gaffk Nov 6, 2013 03:56 AM

                                                        Yeah, Wegman's is good and I shop there every week, but it's really no different than a typical Whole Foods but with wider isles. I personally find their in-house prepared foods to be pretty uninspiring (look better than they taste). And their breath of brand selection still often leaves me wanting and heading to Acme for something I need.

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                                                      givemecarbs RE: gaffk Nov 5, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                      Two words: Mad Elf.

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                                                        gaffk RE: givemecarbs Nov 5, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                        Next week I'll try to go sometime other than prime lunchtime and hope my first-time-Wegman's goggles will have cleared. I had no problem with the typical supermarket side of the store, but I really need to revisit the cheese/seafood/meat/bakery side. Did I mention they had some really gorgeous scallops and steaks?

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                                                          givemecarbs RE: gaffk Nov 5, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                          Finally braved that area. Oh my goodness! They were sampling the orange cranberry bread spread with milky brie if you wanted some. Yum! I love making baked brie in the cold months and I saw the little tubs of brie topping like they often have at Warrington.
                                                          The refrigerated prepared foods area was hopping but I did get to see some lobster rolls. Someone almost rammed me with a cart today but my friend caught her attention. He said she just wasn't stopping. It was close.
                                                          I succumbed to the pumpkin cheesecake but I'm trying to save it for a late night treat.

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                                                            bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Nov 6, 2013 04:18 AM

                                                            Yeah, don't try the "I'll take one bite and save the rest" trick with the cheesecake. Does NOT work!

                                                            That brie is also wonderful on the bread that looks like it's made from trail mix. The name is escaping me at the moment.

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                                                              givemecarbs RE: bugablue13 Nov 6, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                              I know how dangerous their cheesecake is from warrington runs. I love their chocolate cheesecake. The real temptation for me is late night munchie runs. Saw a mighty fine looking roast beef sandwich in their grab and go section.
                                                              John was tempted by the selection of four mousses in little clear containers for eight dollars. Still haven't hit the pub.
                                                              The first time I go in the late hours with no crowds to keep me moving is when I'm in Big trouble.

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                                                                cwdonald RE: givemecarbs Nov 6, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                At Warrington at least they do pull things off shelves for the over night hours... so that might(?) help. I know for example the sushi/salad/hot bar close somewhere between 8 and 10. Not sure when they remove things out of the prepared food section nor when they close the prepared food counter.

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                                                                  givemecarbs RE: cwdonald Nov 6, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                  I have scored a wonderful roast beef sandwich in the cold refrigerated food section at three am. At that hour my competition is the night employees. And there are always endless tempting baked goods and refrigerated soups to nuke up.

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                                              curly girl RE: givemecarbs Nov 6, 2013 03:07 PM

                                              I made it to the new Wegman's this afternoon. No problem finding a parking space. If you have not been yet, the store entrance and parking face Route 309. No parking or entrance at the back of the mall - employee parking only. My daughter and I checked out the fresh meat dept. and found some great buys on marinated meats such as BBQ Pork Roast, Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Pecans and several other choices for families of 4, ranging in price from $10 to $15, so quite reasonable. The layout of the store is similar to the one in Collegeville - cashiers and Customer Service to the left as you enter and baked goods, beer section, etc. to your right. I picked up fixings for Crock Pot Chicken with Wild Rice Soup and also spotted some Dutch Stroop Waffels in the European section that my husband loves. They were out of my favorite British candy bar - the Crunchie - so will have to make another visit soon. If you sign up for a Customer Card, you receive coupons for a free Braising Oil and Reusable Grocery bag. I already have a card, but they still have coupons for some free goodies for the next four weeks. Lots of Customer Service staff on hand this week to help you find what you are looking for and the checkout lines moved quickly. Overall a good experience. I kept my "Wegman's Eyes" in check.

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                                                givemecarbs RE: curly girl Nov 6, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                That pork tenderloin sounds amazing curly girl. At lunch time it was probably warm enough to sit at the outside tables and eat. The beer samplers have been there at dinnertime for the last three days and yes they card everyone for a sip or two of beer out of a plastic cup. Don't think they have a choice.
                                                Oh my gosh the Crunchie Bar exists! Now I must try one since I just finished watching every episode of Red Dwarf.
                                                I was having a bit of trouble loading up my container from the hot foods bar but I'm learning to take it easy. Last sunday John's container was twenty dollars. I had to hold his food for him for a moment and I thought he put a brick in there.
                                                Alas they were out of the green juice in any size so my friend talked me into trying the grapefruit juice. It was delicious but did not play well with the Thai crunchy chicken. I hope the green juice is back next time I eat there.

                                              2. PattiCakes RE: givemecarbs Nov 7, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                Do they sell beer the same way they do at the Warrington store? Can you make your own mix & match 6 pack?

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                                                  gaffk RE: PattiCakes Nov 7, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                  I've never been to any other Wegman's, so can't compare. However, they definitely have the mix & match 6 pack at Montgomeryville.

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                                                    PattiCakes RE: gaffk Nov 7, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                    Very cool. My son's office is nearby, and he does love to try new beers. I will let him know.

                                                2. bucksguy14 RE: givemecarbs Nov 7, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                  Made my first foray into the new Wegs this afternoon. I'm standing at the fish counter waiting for the monger to filet a bluefish for me and I'm watching the "Wegmans Eyes" people. Funny! Folks walking around with no cart, just looking at everything as if they've never been in a supermarket before. I don't get it?? The first time I was in a Wegs was in the early 90's in upstate NY when a client took us to lunch at one. I was impressed, but I didn't roam the aisles. Happy to be 10 minutes away and not have to drive to Warrington, Collegeville or KOP anymore. Thanks Wegs!!

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                                                    givemecarbs RE: bucksguy14 Nov 11, 2013 12:54 AM

                                                    John and I made it to the pub on friday. There was live music in the food court. John liked his ginger martini and I enjoyed my whiskey sour although I was surprised that it was only available on the rocks.
                                                    I got the lobster roll and the bun was nicely toasted. John and I both thought the fries were outstanding.
                                                    My other friend is wondering why the green juice is only available some of the time. Is it not selling as well or sold out? Got some balsamic cherry topping in the brie section. I've enjoyed this on my baked brie in winters past when I've snagged it at the warrington store. Week two for freebie coupons woot!

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