OK, don't tell anyone I said this, particularly my mother, but I was terribly disappointed when I visited the new Wegman's in Collegeville.
Now I grew up with Wegman's and have been moaning about the quality of the local groceries for oh about twenty years,,, so now I finally have a Wegman's that is a little closer than Warrington.
I visited for the first time last Friday and was horribly disappointed. It was large but I thought the variety was really unimpressive. The parking lot made me mental... could they make those spots any narrower? and the store was packed body to body with people who seemed to be wandering aimlessly around with carts full of juice boxes and cans of gravy!
The produce section was particularly disappointing - larger displays of the same crummy produce in every other supermarket is just not going to impress anyone! You have bigger piles of lousy apples? Um... so?
I did visit the cheese section which was certainly better than a lot of the Pennsylvania grocery stores but not better than Whole Foods and certainly not better than the shop in Chestnut Hill. The aisles were really narrow and while the store was big it was full of giant displays of Hunt's tomatoes and Special K. I could get that at a Giant!
I browsed the prepared food section and wouldn't touch any of it with a ten food pole and the seafood section was particularly disappointing. Even without a good seafood shop nearby, Assi and Whole Foods blow their seafood section out of the water.
Now, to be fair I am easily annoyed by large slow moving crowds AND I did not have the patience to visit the beer section which will likely be the store's redeeming feature. I will certainly return, though never on a Friday.
So if I am missing something good, please let me know. But I am just not seeing it and I was pretty excited about the store opening!
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