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Old 08-21-2007, 07:48 AM   #1
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Ever been to a Wegman's?

So we just got a new Wegman's grocery store in the Harrisburg area, and it's due to be open next month. This will be the first Wegman's in central PA, so most people living around here have never been to one.

My question: Is this store really as great as they make it out to be? I drove past it, and it's easily the biggest store I've ever seen....bigger than most Super Walmarts I've been to. From what I hear, it's one of Wegman's largest yet.

Is it worth going to over my usual local grocer? I'm sure Wegman's has MUCH more selection (natural foods section, international foods section, sushi bar, etc., etc.), but how are the prices compared to other grocers? And, is it worth making a half hour (exaggeration) walk through a store just to get a gallon of milk?

Any comments on this grocery chain would be of much help. Thanks!

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Old 08-21-2007, 09:09 AM   #2
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Wegman's is a fine store...incredible selection of meats, poultry, fish, seafood, cheeses, a great bakery trained by CIA folks, etc. Only lacking in what Whole Foods does best...produce. Wegman's produce seems to be not much more than ordinary store produce, where as a Whole Foods has awesome glorious produce.

Still if a Wegman's were near me rather than 25 miles away, I'd shop there for sure.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:30 AM   #3
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Yes. I live in New York state and we have had

Wegmans for a long time. They started in Rochester NY and moved east.
There are good and bad with Wegmans, mostly on the bad side. It is not my first choice for shopping.

Produce: good selection, good quality usually,
not very many bargains because you do pay top dollar for top quality.
Customer service, good. Usually lots of cashiers and enough people at the deli counter.
Selection: here is where I have a problem with them. They tend to discontinue the name brand products and replace them with Wegmans brand.
They do this quite often. Instead of having all the varieties of canned Hunt's tomatoes they will have 3 types and offer the Weg brand for the others. They NEVER have any SMALL cans of name brand whole tomatoes, only Weg brand. The same thing with jams and jellies and lots of canned and frozen food also.

The ogranic selection is good but pricey. The other stores in our area all have a large selection of organic food so I have a choice.

Meat: I have not bought meat (except for chicken) at Wegmans for years. They are overpriced for the quality. I don't like their packaging, and the butcher counter has mostly prepared meat. I like to cook and I prefer to season, marinate, cut my meat myself. If i want 1 pound of ground beef I have to get a package from the cooler and take it to the meat counter and have them open it and repackage it. Why not just keep gr beef at the butcher counter? Becauce they have 5 types of preseasoned hamburger patties at $1 or $1.50 a pound more at the butcher counter so they don't have room for the plain. They have stew beef packaged with carrots and onions and potatoes, not just plain beef. They have kabobs already skewered and marinated, pork chops already stuffed, marinated pork tenderloins, not plain. And on and on and on. They have a buffet with cooked food that is very very expensive. You will be much better going to a Chinese Restaurant for take out.

They have a magazine called MENU. Comes out 4 times a year.
Most of their recipes go something like this. 1 lb. sliced chicken breast for stir fry(because they sell it already sliced), 1 cup WEGMANS diced peppers and onions(because they sell them diced), 3 TB. of Wegmans stir fry seasoning sauce(because they sell that also) etc.

I guess I'm tired of Wegmans. The stores are full of patio furniture, pots and pans, planters, fans, sets of dishes, and home decorations. That just makes it harder to get to the food way in the back of a big store.

And wait until holiday time. They had Christmas stuff out last year with the school supplies.

They are getting to be a great big fancy expensive convenience store. They were not like this when they first opened many many years ago so I am not sure what it will be like when they open a new store now.

I am able to buy ethnic groceries at small stores close to home where the prices are much better than Wegmans. Chinese, Thai, Indian, Greek, and Middle Eastern groceries are close so I shop there first. Wegmans prices are much higher for these types of groceries.

It is fun shopping there at first, but if you have been in a PUBLIX store it is just like a Wegmans. When I went to Florida I stopped in at a PUBLIX to get their rotisserie chicken and the first thing I said was This is just like Wegmans.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:40 AM   #4
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Wow..thanks for all the info! I will definetly have to check out their meat section and see if ours is just as bad as yours. Price is the biggest thing that I'm concerned about, and I was afraid of this place being extremely overpriced. I took a look at their online flier, and all they have sales on is their pre-packaged, prepared foods.
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:15 AM   #5
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All i have to say is I LOVE WEGMAN"S!!! The produce in thsi area is top notch and in my opinion is well worth it.
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:15 PM   #6
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Wegman's is a fine store...incredible selection of meats, poultry, fish, seafood, cheeses, a great bakery trained by CIA folks, etc. Only lacking in what Whole Foods does best...produce. Wegman's produce seems to be not much more than ordinary store produce, where as a Whole Foods has awesome glorious produce.

Still if a Wegman's were near me rather than 25 miles away, I'd shop there for sure.
The produce issue is not peculiar to ALL Wegmans'! I've been to some with fabulous produce.

Yes, my response is that Wegman's is probably several cuts above the local supermarket you are currently patronizing. I'd surely check it out!
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:20 PM   #7
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Sounds like a cool store, but I doubt it'll be hitting my area anytime soon. Back to Trader Joe's with me, I suppose...
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:16 PM   #8
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I always preferred Tops Markets myself. Good old "Uncle Army" always provided good food at fair prices, not to mention jobs for hundreds of my friends, their familieis, and a lot of high school classmates.
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:21 PM   #9
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No, theyre in the general area but always seem to be like a half hour out of the way. It seems like a very quality store, some of my friends simply rave about it.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:12 PM   #10
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I LOVE WEGMAN'S. We drive 40 minutes one way each week to do our shopping there. They are a cut above any other grocery chain I've ever been to. We are limited in the meat we eat, mostly chicken and turkey--so that I can't comment on--but they do have a good seafood selection. I have found their produce to be quite fine--no, its not a farmer's market, but our Weg's buys mostly local produce when its in season and available. Great breads.

I won't shop anywhere else.
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