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Mar 2, 2013 07:51 PM

wegmans is coming close to NY suburbs [Montvale, NJ]

Montvale NJ.

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      1. re: roxlet

        Exactly...I got excited at first when I saw this post!

        1. re: roxlet

          I gasped in excitment when I saw the title! What a letdown! I'm with all three of you...nope - not close enough! Think Westchester will ever know of the wonder that is Wegman's?

        2. re: rkaene

          Last I heard, that fell through. There were some problems with changing the zoning, the vote was delayed, and Wegman's pulled out of the deal.

          1. re: JRBlack

            This made news last May when it was announced. The sad part is losing the last of the farm stands, DePiero's, in the tradition of Tice et al.

            I heard that the vote was delayed, but would probably be approved, as most big money deals like this are.

            Where did you learn that Wegman's pulled out?

            1. re: lemarais

              I heard it from a DePiero's employee.

              1. re: JRBlack

                Well, that's semi-reliable. Any news media reports of the situation? Anhy word from the Borough of Montvale?

                1. re: lemarais

                  I just looked and the latest article seems to be from December which said it was on hold.


                  While it is sad that it may not happen, it's optimistic that they are getting closer to Rockland and Westchester. I wonder if they tried had tried to get into the Nanuet Mall redevelopment that is going to have a Fairway? Hopefully they will look elsewhere in the area.

                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    BTW, I've been to Wegman's a half dozen times while visiting people down at the Jersey shore. It's, well, not so exciting as it may seem. It's pleasant, they are a little short of the boiler plate groceries and long on little counters with the "categories". The prepared food falls a little short, I think they were best when they had a deal with Pierre Herme for a chocolate concession.

                    Actually, I find them to be slightly disappointing, not really on top of the game. Highly overpriced on many items as well. For my money, I'm happy that Fairway did their expansions and we now have several nearby stores. For variety and price, Fairway is still tops in its category.

                    1. re: lemarais

                      I've been to Wegmans when we were looking at colleges in the Binghamton/Ithaca area with my son several years ago. Fairway is good, but maybe if they had some competition they wouldn't be raising their prices as often as they've been doing recently. It seems like they're funding their expansion by raising prices at their existing stores.

                      1. re: MisterBill2

                        Well, in the Fairway in Paramus, the pricing still seems pretty good. As good or better than ShopRite. Watch for their cheese sales. Nova salmon, $6.99 1/4 lb, smooth and silky, does not taste like a "bargain" salmon. I love Fairway, and I think it blows away Wegman's.

                        If you think Fairway is high priced, just check a Wegman's!

                        1. re: lemarais

                          Fairway's sale prices may be good but they used to be much better. Sale prices often $1 more than they were in the past.

                          1. re: MisterBill2

                            You will definitely not like the prices at Wegman's.

                            1. re: lemarais

                              That's probably why I wasn't all that impressed when I was at the other Wgmans we visited, although I wasn't in a position to buy much anyway. I recall we got some produce and some bakery stuff and those were good.

                      2. re: lemarais

                        Add another voice to shoppers who find Wegman's disappointing. When people think of Wegman's, they're really thinking about the flagship store in Pittsford Plaza (Monroe Ave). The neighborhood versions of Wegman's, at least in the Rochester area, represent quite a different story.

                        For example, the newest store (East Avenue) devotes the majority of its shelf space to Wegman's own brands. A shopper can buy Wegman's regular salad dressings, light salad dressings, organic salad dressings in every imaginable flavor. But if you've got a name brand favorite that isn't the best seller in that brand, chances are Wegman's does not stock the product. This pattern is duplicated across every imaginable grocery or household product.

                        Based on my experience, the cost of these proprietary products doesn't represent enough of a saving for an often-times lesser product. For example, Wegman's brand of small plastic trash can liners is thinner gauge material than the name brand version. Their no-salt added turkey is not as good as the Boar's Head equivalent.

                        Wegman's stocks a huge variety of fruits and vegetables and a battalion of workers doing the prep work on many of the products for convenience. The staff is unfailingly polite. The store is kept immaculately clean. The quality on all their products is good. However, the unless a person shops at the Pittsford store, the Wegman's experience doesn't live up to the hype.

            2. re: rkaene

              Update: Apparently there's still a shot for Wegman's in Montvale. I was at DePiero's today and there were signs posted on the door that said:
              "Come show your support
              April 9, 2013, 7:30 PM
              Montvale Borough Hall
              The Future Home of Wegman's"

              1. re: JRBlack

                Yes, sure. DePiero's wants the $cash!