Is Whole Food in Newtonville trying to be Wegmans?
I used to really enjoy the Newtonville location of Whole Foods. It had a neighborhood feel to it and I knew my way around the store and was always able to find interesting stuff. In the pat month they have rearranged the whole store and now it looks like a mass market supermarket. They mostly sell their own stuff and got rid of things I liked. The vitamin and beauty aisle looks just like Wegmans. I miss the community feel that WF had.
Although I haven't been in a long time, I've always liked the Newtonville location. But I'm not sure what you mean about the "community" feel. To me, it's been a long time since Whole Foods has felt like anything other than the corporate giant it is (except, perhaps, at a location like Prospect St. in Cambridge, which is a relatively small neighborhood store compared to most of the others).
To me, the layout is a much better use of space, less cramped, easier to get around. I never use the vitamin and beauty aisle, so no opinions there.
i like the new layout, it seems like a few of them in the area are getting make overs.
i find it a much better use of space and im a big fan of the overpriced juice bar. sometimes, its just easier to buy it hehe.
Even though it is a large chain it still had a nice neighborhood feel to it. They carry a lot less iggy's products which I loved. I also have not been able to find grillos pickles there recently. The prices also have been out of sight lately. I don't mind paying for quality but it feels like I am spending hundreds for two and a half bags worth of food. When shopping at Wegmans I come home with more food for less money and really good food too.