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Old 03-28-2012, 02:07 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by CraigC View Post
We've been watching the progress of construction for a new Whole Foods in our area. Today is the grand opening! Should be interesting browsing.
We also have one just getting ready to open down the street from where I work. I've been to other WF locations and am looking forward to the convenience of having one close by.

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Old 03-28-2012, 02:27 PM   #12
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There's a Whole Pay Check being built up north of me...Two to the South that I have visited several times...Not really impressed ~~ Some of their 365 label stuff is pretty good however.

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Old 03-28-2012, 07:30 PM   #13
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We have a Whole Foods store out here...but, I must admit... I miss Wegman's back east. Most of my shopping is done at Safeway and WinCo
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:56 PM   #14
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I've never had the opportunity to visit any Whole Foods store and there aren't any anywhere near where we live, so I can't offer an opinion. Still, I imagine it would be an interesting excursion if I ever get the chance.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:34 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by jennyema View Post
There are a few things I like, pasta sauce, beans and grains, some hard to find juices, etc.

But by and large I find them waaaay too spendy for what you get.

The prepared food is horrible, as they don't season it. But only have 2 of the "restaurant style" WF here. Maybe they are better.
I have at least two WFMs nearby and I shop there occasionally. You're right, they're way too spendy.

I find them best when I occasionally want to browse some luxury ingredients, and occasionally to buy a few favorite products I haven't found elsewhere:

Emmi cave aged Gruyere cheese. (There's two kinds and I forgot the details--know them when I see them--I think one is aged longer and that's the one I like.) WFM is usually sold out, and at times I've asked them to phone me when they got more, and at times they have.

Lundberg's Jubilee brown rice mix. (www.lundberg.com) my very favorite brown rice ever. Not spendy at all.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:40 AM   #16
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When we spent part of the winter in Miami we had a Wild Oats store nearby it was then bought by Wholefoods, We liked the shop a lot because we could by European products.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:47 AM   #17
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i used to go to the wf at columbus circle for all of our holiday roasts thinking they'd be worth the extra bucks for the special occasion at hand. after a few years, we came to the realization that the quality of the various meats wasn't really that much better (if at all), and wasn't worth several dollars more per pound.

the only time i go there now is for hard to find specialty organic things on rare occasion.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:40 AM   #18
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the only time i go there now is for hard to find specialty organic things on rare occasion.
Items like the Kaffir lime leaves we got yesterday, that I haven't been able to find in any of the asian markets!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:55 AM   #19
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Craig, they do have a lot of different flavors, but the flavor of it is so subtle you'll never know it is pomegranate (a side note to self, how can anybody possibly not like pomegranate?)
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:15 PM   #20
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Some of us live in places where we're lucky to have Piggly-Wiggly and Wal-Mart. I haven't been to Madison in ages, well over two years, but when I do go, Whole Foods is a must-do stop. No, of course I can't possibly afford to shop there for my regular groceries. But there are so many things I just cannot get around here that when I do see a Whole Foods, there's no just driving by it.

I loved Trader Joes when we were near one. When I lived in old town Alexandria, Sutton Place Gourmet was a must-stop every few weeks. I couldn't possibly afford to do regular shopping at these places, they're for special ingredients for special meals. When I'm through with a meal with special ingredients from some of these places, we set the table in style, and know we're getting a restaurant quality meal (now, if I could only afford a waiter and a maid!).

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