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Dec 1, 2013 02:52 PM

Bed Bath and Beyond New World Food Marketplace

This morning I stopped at my local (Milford, CT) Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up a box of Tully's Dark Roast Decaf K-Cups for MY MIL.
I hadn't been in the store for about 8 weeks and didn't see the Keurig section straight ahead on entry where it has been for about 2 years.
I asked where it was moved and was directed to the left front section (about 1200 sq ft) of the store which is now a World Food marketplace. There were all types of jarred, canned, boxed and bagged foods, candy and comdiments from all around the world at very competitive prices. I spent about half an hour browsing the section. There were all kinds of Asian and Latin American sauces, tinned Eng,lish imports such as Spotted Dick and wonderful baked items for the holidays.

I definitely will be frequenting this section in the future, especially usining the always available BB&B 20% off coupons.

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  1. Sweet! I wonder if our BB&Bs have added this yet. Is your store one of the giant ones with the large toiletries section, or a regular-sized one?

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    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

      This location has the full toiletries section, BUT not cosmetics (which is availabel in the Fairfield, CT store) because it is close to Harmon, which they own.

    2. Does your location include refrigerated and frozen foods as well? This beta test has been going on in 3 stores in NJ since 2011 where BBB in HQ'd. I can't say I've found the food fresh and outstanding, so far. Two items I returned for being rancid. But the partnership appears to be in Phase 2. From what I've read recently, one NJ hurdle was beingn able to sell liquor.

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      1. re: HillJ

        Really? Liquor? Sounds like they need a new name. Bed, Bath and Booze perhaps?

        1. re: sandiasingh

          Funny, sandi. NJ and liquor lic's always an issue. When BBB bought WFM they had big plans. Wanted to compete with the super Targets, Costco, etc. but do you want your bed sheets and table cloths to reek of cheese, oil and spices? So, the money they are throwing into this new division has to be substantial. Their HQ here in NJ was written about quite a bit when the beta test began.

          1. re: sandiasingh

            The sound of Bed, Bath, and Bombed sounds catchy. Aside from the potential future name, it's amazing how they're going this route. In my area, BBB is a kitschy gimmicky poor mans Target.

            1. re: Nevy

              I agree Nevy. On more than one occasion the store was in such poor shape I thought they were going out of business. I know the stores can vary. The 20% off coupons arrive in my mail at least twice a month.

              1. re: HillJ

                I never shop there because most of their stuff is junky to me and their prices are way too high. But I'll check it out. They are located right next to TJ's here, so the competition would be stiff.

                1. re: sandiasingh

                  I'll be very curious to read what your impressions are.

          2. re: HillJ

            I did not see any refrigerated or frozen food, but there was an island of cheeses.

            No chance of Liquor. CT only allows a maximum of three liqour licenses to one holder. So, only 3 Costco locations can sell liqour in the entire state.

          3. I stopped going to BB&B because of the overwhelming aroma permeating their stores from the candles and potpourri. It just knocked me out when entering the store. Buying food in such a place doesn't appeal. Perhaps they've changed their game a bit and I should give it another shot, but that perfumed candle aroma is a real turn-off.

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            1. re: janniecooks

              It's all about the location and ayout oif the store.
              I hate the smells you mention, they are not nice enough to be called aromas, BUt they are all the way in the back of the stores in my area and I never encounter them.
              This new food area is at the front left of the store, I go in pick coffee and what I want and go straight to the cashier, no bad smells here

            2. Honestly, I don't like the brands of foods they have in their "gourmet" marketplace. I don't buy anything there.

              1. May need to go to our BB&B before Christmas--was last there maybe 4 weeks ago, and they had no food or toiletries.

                We had 3 bathrooms remodeled this year, so I did buy lots of towels and bath accessories there, with the coupons. Oh, and new bedroom drapes and comforter. Even had the 20% off of the entire purchase coupon, so saved a bundle. Had to be picky about the quality, though, and did some product reviews before choosing items.

                Guess it'll be the same pickiness if they get food items, too.