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Why Wegmans is the Greatest Supermarket Ever

linguafood Aug 19, 2013 12:28 PM

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I'll have to disagree with "the sushi is good", because supermarket sushi never will be, but .... hellz yeah.

Wegmans FTW!

  1. JonParker Aug 19, 2013 03:24 PM

    Amen to that.

    1. fldhkybnva Aug 19, 2013 03:45 PM

      I really really love Wegmans. I try to only go once a week, Friday night and always leave with random thing I've discovered which inevitably turn out great. Recently, I've been avoiding other things I have to do and a return trip on Saturday is now the normal. They are always helpful. The deli counter is willing to let me try any and all and often offers a taste before I ask, I had an employee last week at the cheesecounter go on an adventure with me trying 10 different cheeses to find one I liked, I shared a taste of a Trumpet mushroom with the produce guy after I asked him what they taste like, and the seafood counter always knows when the fish came in and from where The store selection is incredible and they hvae great prices on nearly everything from routine items to the more unique items that they carry which of course are expensive but reasonably priced for what they are. In fact, last week I stopped at PetSmart for cat food before going to Wegmans only to discover that it was 15% cheaper at Wegmans! It's a 20 minute drive for me but since going there more frequently, I've been more inspired in the kitchen and my grocery bill has decreased somewhat given that my usual local shopping store is Whole Foods. I have only had the sushi from the prepared foods section so I can't really comment on that. Not only do I find great food finds, but the housewares section is also great. I browse everytime and always leave with some new utensil or dish.

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        fldhkybnva Aug 22, 2013 05:25 AM

        I forgot to mention that I love the cafe. I don't eat many of the prepared foods but it's nice for a shopping break or to collect your thoughts when you're trying to figure out what exactly you've thrown in your cart and how you're going to use it. I did hear a story of a store kicking out a few older ladies having a book club meeting but I don't sit and diddle that long. Also the bathrooms are always impeccably clean which is not always true even at my local whole foods.

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        jarona Aug 21, 2013 04:27 PM

        Well..their sushi IS very good--better than any place here on Philly's main line that sells sushi. I love their fresh fish--and whenever monkfish is available, I'll make the purchase. The staff is very friendly and courteous and helpful.
        However. Wegman's does NOT sell the dehydrated corn powder that is needed to make the Momofuku Corn Cookies that my family loves. I still have to make the stop at Momofuku Milk Bar every time I go into NYC to buy the stuff en masse!
        Oh..and Weg's is extremely CLEAN--which makes shopping so much more pleasant!

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          Jerseygirl111 Aug 21, 2013 08:29 PM

          Yes, I do love to visit Wegmans. Awesome prepared food bar for last minute meals.

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            roro1831 Aug 22, 2013 03:26 AM

            I had never been until about a year ago and loved it, then I discovered the app, and it tells you where everything on your shopping list is.
            My wife, who loathes grocery stores, loves it to as one day she went in and asked someone where something was. Instead of the normal pointing and saying its over there, the person stopped what they were doing and walked her over to it

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              fldhkybnva Aug 22, 2013 05:23 AM

              Always, they escort you from one section to another to find the person who might know its great.

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              Chefpaulo Aug 22, 2013 03:46 AM

              My dad knew Bill Wegman. Not well and long before we ever heard of them in the Philadelphia area, but he was always impressed by Bill's commitment to his employees. A family-owned business that cares about those they hire and puts them first is an anomaly these days. But what a successful formula for making a thriving 6-billion dollar, non-union company.

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                fldhkybnva Aug 22, 2013 05:22 AM

                My store always seems to have managers around from the corporate office to help and make sure you're having a great experience.

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                  beachmouse Aug 22, 2013 09:00 AM

                  Given how slim the margins are in the grocery business, I think that many privately held grocery companies do have a real edge in terms of being able to better provide a quality product because they aren't tied to meeting to high quarterly stockholder expectations. Look at how Publix does well against pretty much anyone who tries to penetrate their Southeastern core markets or how Meijer in the Midwest seems to have a quality advantage over Walmart in the superstore category.

                  The only publicly traded one that seems to be as well-regarded as the privately held ones is Costco

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                  4X4 Aug 22, 2013 04:53 AM

                  One thing they left off - the Wegman's in Columbia, MD (first one I went to) has an escalator you can put your shopping cart on! I thought that was one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

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                    jujuthomas Aug 22, 2013 06:16 AM

                    our whole foods has the same escalator. So cool.

                    I love Wegman's, I can get products from my home state of NY that I can't get elsewhere. I love the fish, DH loves the butcher area for BBQing. Sometimes I find the selection a little funny - no large bottles of gulden's mustard when I needed it... but I still wish the store was close enough to be my regular grocery store!

                    I agree that the sushi is decent... not great... I have not yet tried the Pub/cafe foods.

                  2. JonParker Aug 22, 2013 06:18 AM

                    Once I was looking for dried beans in Wegmans. They weren't next to the canned beans, and they weren't next to the dried pasta, the two places you'd think they'd be. They were, of all places, in the International Foods section.

                    I sent them an email about this, and not only did they move the beans (at my store anyway), but they sent me a $25 gift card for my trouble.

                    Wegman's gets a big hell yeah from me.

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                      jarona Aug 22, 2013 06:25 AM

                      Reminds me of an issue with steak. We purchased a nice steak from the butcher area in KOP's Wegman's. It was fantastic. Went back a second time for another steak. It was horrible. Didn't finish it. I took the unfinished steak to the store manager and explained that perhaps their supplier was shafting them because the second steak was just way too gristly. Was NOT expecting anything more than a promise to look into it. We received two steaks that were amazing.
                      GREAT customer service that just cannot be beat!

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                        JonParker Aug 23, 2013 05:35 AM

                        I once bought Golden Rainier cherries there. The cashier was taken aback at the price of them, but I told her they were so worth it and invited her to try one.

                        I ended up sharing them with the other cashiers and her manager. We all stood around marveling at the deliciousness of those wonderful cherries. I'm as cynical as they come, but Wegman's really does feel like family.

                    2. SaraAshley Aug 22, 2013 06:45 AM

                      Yes - Wegmans FTW for sure! I love it - even their sushi. I pretty much second and third everything that has already been mentioned on this thread. I also love it that they have the calorie counts listed for most of their prepared foods, as I am a counter. :) In the case of their made to order subs, the last time I was there they did not currently have the nutritional information listed on the menu board for them, but I asked and they kindly handed over a book with all that information in it for me to look at.

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                      1. re: SaraAshley
                        fldhkybnva Aug 22, 2013 07:50 AM

                        Oh yes, the calorie counts on most prepared foods and even on the tags for fresh meat are great. It's also online here http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/sto...

                      2. melpy Aug 23, 2013 06:06 AM

                        While I adore Wegmans, the 20 min ride, inflated shopping cost for me, the insane parking lot, and the crowds have stopped me from shopping there.

                        I would get anxiety from the crowds an rushed feeling and when we would shop later they would have closed all the areas I need. The produce and meat and fish and deli and cheese would all be gone. At that point I could just go to Giant and get the same stuff. Also their milk and cottage cheese store brands have a funny taste that I dislike.

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                          roro1831 Aug 23, 2013 07:40 AM

                          I ten to go very early in the morning and get there while the deli guys and seafood areas are just starting to set up, they will stop and get anything I want, now you may have needed other areas but just my two cents

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                            fldhkybnva Aug 23, 2013 07:45 AM

                            It's interesting you mention the inflated shopping costs, as I find it similar or cheaper than my other stores in the area. I do agree though that I only go at certain times on particular days - usually Friday nights. I will never go early afternoon on a Saturday or Sunday for fear of getting run over by a cart or a mass of children.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva
                              linguafood Aug 23, 2013 08:40 AM

                              It's a total freaking zoo when the parents are in town (like this weekend or on football w/ends). I avoid it like the plague.

                              That said, I shop there almost daily, mid-afternoon, when it's not too crazy.

                          2. al b. darned Aug 24, 2013 09:50 PM

                            I guess I'm the lone contrarian here. While I don't dislike Wegmans, in a lot of areas I feel it's overrated.

                            First the good.
                            They treat their employees well and I've never had anything but friendly service at any of their stores. Their stores are always clean and well lighted. Even the restrooms are immaculate and properly stocked. (This is not always the case with some other chains)

                            Produce is always fresh and they locally source in-season as much as possible.

                            They also have a very large selection of fresh and prepared foods, fresh baked bread, another higher profit selections. (Deli meats, cheeses, olive bar, salad bar, etc.)

                            The not so good. (Note I did not say "bad" because there is nothing inherently bad about Wegmans.)
                            Lack of selection. This is my biggest complaint about Wegmans. Once you get out of their specialty aisles you are often limited to Wegmans store brand and scant else.

                            The bread aisle, such as it is,. is an example where you can choose their brand or nothing. I prefer the New England style hot hot dog buns, for example. Wegmans brand, to me, are heavy and doughy. But theirs is the only choice available, and only in the summer. (I eat hot dogs year-round.) Other local markets such as Tops or Price Chopper also offer Pepperidge Farm or Freihofer's (year-round) , but not Wegmans. This "lack of selection" applies in the produce department, the dairy department, in the grocery aisle as well.

                            While their own brand is generally pretty good, there are certain national brands I prefer.

                            The majority of their meat is packaged off-site and comes in plastic bags often times with other stuff added. In general I dislike their meat, and that's a dealbreaker for me.

                            If we are looking for fresh-baked bread, a prepared item for a quick supper, or to pick up a few things we are out of we will go to Wegmans. But for our regular shopping trips, especially if we want meat and fish, we go elsewhere.

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                            1. re: al b. darned
                              JonParker Aug 25, 2013 02:02 AM

                              I really have to disagree with a lot of this. I've had no problem finding national brands at Wegman's, although I do find their store brand generally competitive in both quality and price. The meat in the bins is generally prepackaged, but that from the butcher is not. In fact, it's one of my main sources of dry aged beef and fresh seafood.

                              They beat most standard grocery stores into the dirt on both quality and price.

                              1. re: JonParker
                                fldhkybnva Sep 17, 2013 03:59 PM

                                As mentioned below, I don't buy many packaged products for which I'd be into a particular brand per se but I did make note to browse last week since I had extra time and the variety was not limited at all. Of packaged items I do buy, they had nearly every brand I prefer even the Icelandic yogurt which I can't find anywhere other than Whole Foods in nearly all of its flavors. I'll still be keeping my eye out but it's interesting this varies across stores so much.

                              2. re: al b. darned
                                linguafood Aug 25, 2013 08:16 AM

                                Yeah, not trying to pile on, but maybe the bread selection (or lack thereof) is a local / branch thing?

                                At our PA store, there is a *huge* selection of breads besides the Wegmans brand (including imported breads from Germany).

                                And I guess we're really lucky with both the fish and meat counter. It's pretty much the only place in town with such a great selection of fish -- and they have organic chicken, lamb, beef and pork available at very decent prices.

                                It's really been a game changer out here in the boonies, with the added bonus that local chains like Weis and Giant had to step up their game, too, to stay in the competition.

                                Win-win.

                                1. re: al b. darned
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                                  Christina D Aug 25, 2013 08:32 AM

                                  I'm right there with you on the lack of selection of national brands. The pasta aisle is a perfect example. 80% of their offering is some variation on Wegman's brand. It also seems as though they eliminate certain products within a brand (Muir Glen, for example), to replace with their private label. I'd rather have the option for both and if they want me to buy theirs, offer some nice incentive and I'll give it a go.

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                                    linguafood Aug 25, 2013 09:07 AM

                                    "and if they want me to buy theirs, offer some nice incentive and I'll give it a go."

                                    Like..... a lower price than the national brands?

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                                      Christina D Aug 25, 2013 02:20 PM

                                      Yes...a *lot* lower. As in, low enough that if my family doesn't like it or won't eat it, I don't feel bad about the experiment. $.20 here or there isn't gonna do it.

                                      1. re: Christina D
                                        linguafood Aug 25, 2013 02:46 PM

                                        So -- where *do* you shop for your groceries, if you don't mind me asking?

                                        We don't have a Costco here, but they sound fairly reasonable. We did the Sam's Club for a year but realized quickly that it's just not worth it for a household of two adults. Plus it's owned by Walmart, which I avoid.

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                                          Christina D Aug 26, 2013 01:44 PM

                                          Oh, I do 90% of my shopping at Wegman's. Generally, I love that store. I do get frustrated when they selectively remove name brand products and offer only their private label. A perfect example (though far from a perfect food) is Kraft Singles. I will, on occasion, use their fat free slices (I know, I know..please don't judge). Wegman's only offers their own brand in the Sharp Cheddar variety. I know damn well that Kraft offers sharp cheddar too, but Wegman's only carries their own. Another example is Muir Glen tomato paste. My Wegman's doesn't carry it, but their own organic version is right there where the Muir Glen should be. As I said, I'd like to have the option of selecting between the two. Don't make the choice for me.

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                                            SaraAshley Aug 26, 2013 05:43 PM

                                            I can agree with some of this. I don't often do my everyday shopping at Wegmans, only because that although I have one only a 15 minute drive from my house, it is in a particularly traffic congested part of town that I try to avoid like the plague. I have a Harris Teeter an easy 5 minute drive from my house, so I usually just go there. I go to Wegmans mostly for their prepared food section on my lunch break at work. On one of those recent lunch breaks I needed a few items to prepare dinner for that night and decided just to pick them up there. I'm a Daisy sour cream loyalist and was surprised to find that they didn't carry that brand. Ironically, I also needed a block of Colby cheese and did notice how that section was overrun with the Wegmans brand, as well. No brand loyality for me and the cheese though, so that didn't bother me so much.

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                                      sr44 Aug 25, 2013 11:08 AM

                                      In my Wegmans, the Muir Glen products arevin the health food section. But I agree on the limited selection in many areas. I used to get a wonderful artisanal pasta there, but alas, no more.

                                      1. re: Christina D
                                        fldhkybnva Aug 27, 2013 08:31 AM

                                        This is interesting to hear. I often go there because they hvae all the brands that I usually buy which other stores don't routinely stock. However perhaps even though I never thought about it, those might be considered specialty brands. For example, I they carry many of the Applegate deli meats that I enjoy as well as my favorite butters and cheeses though I do usually buy these from the section near the deli and not the regular cheese and butter aisle. I'll have to keep my eye out for other products which I don't generally buy to get an idea of the variety.

                                      2. re: al b. darned
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                                        tardigrade Aug 26, 2013 09:14 PM

                                        "The majority of their meat is packaged off-site and comes in plastic bags often times with other stuff added. In general I dislike their meat, and that's a dealbreaker for me"

                                        This. The last time I was there I was looking for ground beef (OK, they had that), ground pork and ground lamb for a meat loaf. The branch I went to only had the last two pre-packaged - and no butcher to grind fresh cuts.

                                        1. re: tardigrade
                                          fldhkybnva Aug 27, 2013 08:33 AM

                                          Yea, there is no butcher to grind meats although usually they have a butcher to cut at least the more popular steak cuts. The others are all generall packaged off-site which I find good and bad. The best part about this is the pre-packaged meats like chicken which are already vacuum sealed and freezeable and in individual portion sizes but I do buy most of my meat elsewhere as I like to have things cut to my specifications and to be able to look at them before I buy them. I also enjoy that they carry regular stock of a few meats which I can't find even at my local Safeway usually included turkey thighs and breasts.

                                        2. re: al b. darned
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                                          Vidute Sep 21, 2013 09:53 PM

                                          I agree with you completely regarding the lack of brand name selection.

                                          When Wegmans first came to the Baltimore area, it was eye-opening. The prepared foods, the cheese, the sheer size of the store. However, I noticed changes as time went by. Successful name brand items would be pulled from the shelves and be replaced by a "brand new" Wegmans version of that item.. at the same price of the name brand item. The variety of their service deli is miniscule, and most of the deli meats are Wegmans brand (although they are the only place in town that carries Iberico ham- a splurge for when I have "found" money).

                                          I'm starting to see Wegmans as brand shopping, like TJ's.

                                          I'm fortunate to have a Harris Teeter nearby. National brands, regional brands, local brands, and store brands. Emerging foods (freekeh!) Clean, well-lit, pleasant and helpful staff. Pricing similar to Wegmans, Giant, etc. Really great sales! (I just hope that Kroeger's doesn't screw things up now that they've bought HT.)

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                                            JonParker Sep 22, 2013 05:57 PM

                                            I found Harris Teeter really expensive, way more so than Wegman's. In fact, I thought it verged into Whole Foods territory.

                                            It's possible to go into Wegman's and spend a lot of money, buying expensive cheese and dry aged beef and whatnot, but for everyday shopping they're as cheap as anyone except maybe Aldi.

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                                              fldhkybnva Sep 22, 2013 06:14 PM

                                              I agree, the regular stuff is not more expensive and I think it's rep for being costly is because you can buy that higher priced stuff but that's why it's so great, such variety.

                                              It's interesting the prices at your Harris Teeter were so high. They are much cheaper than the Whole Foods here, but probably somewhat higher than Wegmans. However, the quality is variable unlike Wegmans where I know the quality of nearly everything will be good.

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                                                SaraAshley Sep 22, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                I used to live in Harris Teeter mecca (Charlotte, NC where they are based, theres even a street there named after the founder) and no Wegmans there, so I became fond of them. I still shop at HT from time to time even though none of the ones where i live now are as good as the ones in Charlotte. That being said, you can definitely get some good deals at HT when things are on sale, and by also signing up for their VIC emails (every week you'll get an email with a few products selected just for you based on your purchasing history at a very good discount), and they also have fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts behind the meat counter at $1.99 a lb every day. I think they also do double coupons periodically. I agree though that they are more expensive than Wegmans for most things not on a sale. That's why when shopping at HT, I try to shop smart and only buy what's on sale for the most part.

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                                                  fldhkybnva Sep 22, 2013 07:10 PM

                                                  I used to load up on that chicken, such a deal. Now I load up on the single packaged breasts at Wegmans, but the deal behind the counter at HT was great. HT also has occasional products from the beloved south which don't find their way into many grocery stores.

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                    SaraAshley Sep 23, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                    Are you talking about the ones that are vacuum packed individually at Wegmans but come in pack of like 10? I know those are also $1.99 a lb. I don't buy them only because I live alone and I'd obviously have to freeze some before using them all. It's just easier for me to buy just what I need at the time, but my Mom buys them and they are very good.

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                                                      fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 07:33 AM

                                                      Yea, those are the ones. I actually buy them because it's just two of us and started buying them when it was just me as I find it easier to just snip and freeze them and then grab one or two when I need them instead of a lb or more which I have to separate and wrap. I agree, I used to buy my chicken breasts from Whole Foods but these are so good for so cheap.

                                              2. re: Vidute
                                                fldhkybnva Sep 22, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                Wow, that's interesting! Are you going to the Columbia store?

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                                                  Vidute Sep 23, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                  I shop all the HTs in the area (depending where I am at the time) but mainly the McHenry Row store. The McHenry Row store is a HT flagship store, the top of their three tiers. I had shopped at the Hunt Valley Wegmans, but, now when I do stop in at Wegmans it's the Columbia store.

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                                                    fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                    Interesting, I haven't had your experience at the Wegmans in Hunt Valley but the HT on McHenry Row is a great store.

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                                              tardigrade Aug 26, 2013 09:09 PM

                                              It's not. It varies greatly by store.

                                              I spend a few weeks in Western New York each year taking care of my mother when her primary caregiver is on vacation, and Wegman's is definitely the best in the area. Or at least the one in Amherst was. The one on McKinley in south Buffalo is IMHO no better then a generic Safeway.

                                              One of my criteria for a good supermarket is a good meat department, and that means a live butcher who can do things like cut me a reasonably-sized piece of meat, or grind it for me when I ask. Bonus points for a good fish department. Not all Wegman's have these, and the ones that do - they close early.

                                              Maybe it's my California bias showing, but my perception of greatest would have a much higher proportion of fresh to packaged foods.

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                                                linguafood Aug 27, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                Maybe I'm just particularly lucky with my local Wegmans (NO APOSTROPHE, btw). Both meat and fish counters are open late enough for me, and sell better quality than any other supermarket nearby.

                                                1. re: linguafood
                                                  fldhkybnva Aug 27, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                  Yea ours closes a bit earlier than the rest of the store but not much - 10pm, store closes at midnight.

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                    linguafood Aug 27, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                    See, I don't really know, as I generally don't shop any later than, say, 5 or 6 PM (and that's late for me). So if the butcher or fish dept. closes at 10 PM, that's pretty irrelevant for me.

                                                    I'm not Spanish, after all.

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                                                ClockworkOrange Aug 27, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                One thing caught me off guard a few months ago after shopping there just about since they entered PA. I saw the bakery staff placing frozen bread and rolls, etc. onto baking sheets one evening. Maybe they do use that industrial Hobart mixer, but I've never seen it in action. With a bakery staff greater than some entire supermarkets, you would think they would be baking from scratch more often and/or throughout the day. Just a small gripe I guess. Certainly won't keep me away.

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                                                  fldhkybnva Aug 28, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                  Ah, you reminded me of a bakery story. the only bad experience I can remember with Wegmans is several loaves of bread which I bought that were completely molded on the bottom. I actually had alerted the bakery when I spotted a different variety with mold but for some reason didn't spot it on my own bread I put in the cart and only realized at home.

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                    JonParker Aug 28, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                    I'd consider that a feature, not a bug. Yeah, it would be a pain to return it and not have the bread for whatever I was using it for, but it also means that they aren't loading up the bread with stuff to prevent it from molding.

                                                    Good bread molds fairly quickly, crap bread can go for weeks.

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                                                      fldhkybnva Aug 28, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                      It was no sweat off my back but they probably should be disposing of moldy bread. My fresh bread molds in 3 days so hopefully they sort through at least that often. Moldy fresh bread is par for the course more often than preserved but not a feature of it, I don't go to the store for fresh moldy bread.

                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                        JonParker Aug 28, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                        I'm not saying they should have sold you moldy bread, only that seling bread that will mold is the mark of a decent bakery over mass produced crap.

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                                                    cheesecake17 Sep 21, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                    Could it be par-baked and frozen?

                                                  3. LindaWhit Sep 4, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                    I'm a supermarket weirdo. I *love* going to new-to-me supermarkets. I know, I know. They all sell mostly the same stuff, right? Doesn't matter. Still have to check them out.

                                                    I'm in western MA? Oooh - the Big Y is out there. I'm in Salem, NH and see a new Aldi's? Make a mental note to check that out. Go to Stew Leonard's in CT when I happened to be nearby? Yup. (Although I can always do without the animatronic singing animals above the shelving, and the single aisle that forces you to walk through the entire store to check out - although that is a brilliant marketing ploy.) When I visited friends in Seattle, WA and Richmond, VA, I happily went to their supermarkets. In California visiting family? Gotta go check out Vons. In London to visit family? Went to Sainsburys and Tesco (and Harrods, but that's a horse of a completely different color!).

                                                    Have the week off and realize it's a PERFECT DAY to go to the Wegmans in Northborough, MA (the only one so far in MA)? Oh yeah. This is the pinnacle of supermarkets. The one that every other supermarket wishes they could be. This is the supermarket that I would never ever call a stupidmarket.

                                                    I was offered one of the smaller double-basket half-carts and a full-sized cart upon walking up to the door. I told the guy "This is my first visit to Wegmans" and he just pushed the larger cart towards me and grinned.

                                                    It was like an angel's choir singing upon walking into the store. LOL While a friend had suggested I stop at the Market Cafe for something to eat, I only walked through to see all of the prepared foods. Next time. I was on a mission. I *needed* to see what they had that I absolutely had to have!

                                                    GREAT cheese section (I got three kinds - a triple creme brie, Challerhocker from Switzerland, and Istara P'tit Basque from France), I found pignola/pine nuts actually from Italy and not the inferior pine nuts from Russia/Vietnam/China that give me pine mouth (even Whole Foods sells only the inferior product, which surprised me), some amazing prosciutto, duck breast, marcona almonds, little single-serve cups of hummus sold in a 4-pack (will be great for work Scooby snacks). And then there's the wine/alcohol section. Whew! I ended up with 6 bottles of wine - 5 of which I hadn't had before. Yes, I can find duck breast and prosciutto at Whole Foods, and it is closer to me. But prices seem to be a good bit better at Wegmans on things like butter, pasta, cereal, and other staples.

                                                    Incredibly friendly and helpful staff. Yes, I spent more than I should have - I was like a kid in a candy store. But I'm ON VACATION!!!

                                                    Wegmans won't be in Burlington until Fall of 2014. So I suspect I'll find several reasons to drive to Northborough again before then.

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                                                    1. re: LindaWhit
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                                                      givemecarbs Sep 5, 2013 03:37 AM

                                                      Linda I have to drive half an hour to wegmans but only til november. Then my local mall is getting a 24 hour wegmans!!!! And they are already doing wonderful things:
                                                      Wegmans Donates 9 Tons of Food to Manna On Main Street
                                                      http://lansdale.patch.com/groups/givi...

                                                      1. re: LindaWhit
                                                        yummykimmy Sep 5, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                        I was so excited when the Northborough store opened. I grew up on Wegmans then moved out of their footprint. I now live in the Philadelphia suburbs and have my choice of 2 Wegmans within 5 miles (and even 2 more within 10 miles). I am often in Westborough on business and always make the trip to the Northborough store. I am so jealous of the wine selection....real bummer living in PA who controls all the liquor sales.

                                                        1. re: yummykimmy
                                                          LindaWhit Sep 5, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                          Ahh, didn't even think about the PA state liquor control board. (I used to live in central PA for about 5 years.) What does Wegmans do near you? (Jealous that you have TWO Wegmans within 5 miles!)

                                                          1. re: LindaWhit
                                                            yummykimmy Sep 6, 2013 05:50 AM

                                                            They have a Pub in most of the recently opened stores which then allows them to extend the ability to purchase singles and six packs - and they have a real nice selection. A while ago they piloted a PLCB wine dispener in the self serve dining area - must not have been very successful, it didn't last long. In another store they piloted a vending kiosk where you could buy a bottle of wine that was pulled too. GO Privatization!

                                                      2. tcamp Sep 5, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                        I've only been to Wegmans once, in NY state. One is opening up very near my office in 2014 and I look forward to checking it out, if I'm still here.

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                                                        1. re: tcamp
                                                          al b. darned Sep 5, 2013 10:17 PM

                                                          Are you planning on "snuffing it" or just moving?

                                                          1. re: al b. darned
                                                            tcamp Sep 18, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                            Company is selling off a big business unit. Not mine but future is murky. Damn it, I see buildings going up at the Wegman's site...

                                                        2. fldhkybnva Sep 6, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                          My usual trip to Wegmans this morning - they did not disappoint. It was quite a different experience at 8am. For any soup fans, the two I tried today were fantastic - New England Clam Chowder and Italian Wedding Soup. The choweder had the biggest chunks of clam that I've ever seen in store-bought chowder and the Wedding soup was wonderfully seasoned. There was also an interesting employee stretch session at 9am, and by stretch I mean literally touch your toes, bend your elbows stretching. The lines were somewhat long because they had fewer cashiers open but as soon as that manager who sits at the stand in front noticed, 3 registers opened immediately.

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                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                            JonParker Sep 6, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                            I used to do all my shopping there at 6 a.m. The Wegman's wasn't close to my house but it was right on my way to work. I'd do all my shopping at 6 am, put the refrigerated stuff in the employee refrigerator and leave the non refrigerated stuff in the car.

                                                            It was really nice. The few times I went there in the afternoon it was crazy. In the mornings I could park right next to the store, do my shopping with no hassle, check out with no lines, and just generally have a pleasant experience.

                                                          2. fldhkybnva Sep 17, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                            As I've mentioned here before and it's difficult for me to think of anything that I don't like about the store, but last week I realized I was frustrated once again by the selection of spices. Is this true for other stores? They have the standard stock for different brands but even then it doesn't have nearly the same number of different spices as the local Safeway and the stock is quite often half full.

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                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                              tcamp Sep 18, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                              I almost never buy spices at supermarkets due to the $$. How are Wegman's spice prices?

                                                              1. re: tcamp
                                                                fldhkybnva Sep 18, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                pretty awful similar to other stores so that never stood out to me as something different.

                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva
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                                                                  ohmyyum Sep 19, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                  Fldhky, I know you're just starting to explore TJs so I thought I might mention that TJs has a very very limited selection of spices-- just the bare essentials, really-- but they are almost all priced at $1.99 and great quality. I particularly like the garlic powder, cumin, curry powder, and seasonal pumpkin pie spice.

                                                                  1. re: ohmyyum
                                                                    fldhkybnva Sep 19, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                    Great thanks. I am hoping they have the salute 21 to grab on my trip tomorrow. Some staples are always needed and even at wegmans they are often out of onion powder.

                                                                    1. re: ohmyyum
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                                                                      cheesecake17 Sep 21, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                      The Pumpkin Pie spice at TJs is a great price! It's $6.39 in shoprite!

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                                                                cheesecake17 Sep 21, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                We go to wegmans every few months when visiting relatives who live near one. By far, my favorite store to shop in.

                                                                Kid/family friendly
                                                                - they have those wagons with a "car" attached to the front. They're always clean. The buckles always work. Aisles are wide enough to accommodate the wagons
                                                                - super nice bakery/ produce employees. Any time I'm in the store, a bakery employee will hand my daughter a cookie or slice of bread. Several times produce employees have given her a banana to eat while shopping

                                                                Great prices on staples
                                                                The wegmans brand pantry items have proven to be excellent --- prices are fantastic as well
                                                                Peanut butter, triple fruits jam, tuna, pasta, tomato products (sauce, crushed, whole, paste, diced), canned corn & green beans, cereal, canned beans, cooking wines (and they're kosher!!), pickles, olives, mustard (horseradish, Dijon, whole grain, deli), ketchup....

                                                                Dairy
                                                                I've never had a refrigerated dairy product from there go bad.
                                                                The prices on chobani yogurt are the cheapest around. Usually $1/container
                                                                (Recently, the dairy guy mentioned that the chobani flips were removed bc of a recall--- he told me to give chobani a call and recommended a different yogurt)
                                                                Wegmans brand ricotta, butter, cottage cheese, milk are all staples in my house. Much cheaper at wegmans than any other supermarket

                                                                Frozen
                                                                At $1 bag....frozen vegetables are the best bargain. I buy broccoli, peas, corn, spinach, and cauliflower.
                                                                Slightly more expensive... Fire roasted poblanos and red bell peppers. Still a great deal...and their frozen vegetables are much "fresher" tasting than other brands
                                                                (Spent over $50 on frozen stuff last time I was there!)
                                                                Oh...and the frozen hash browns. Made a fantastic potato kugel.

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