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Whole Foods -- falling short of my expectations

CindyJ | Apr 1, 201207:08 AM

Whole Foods finally opened in my area about two weeks ago. So far I've shopped there three times. My first impression on my first trip there was a giant WOW! Everything was displayed so beautifully, produce looking just-picked, meats looking as good as any I've seen anywhere, fresh fish, whole, on ice totally impressive. But now that I've actually shopped there, my list of what-not-to-buy-again is growing. Yesterday I bought chicken thighs that, once I got them home and out of the package, totally grossed me out. There were pin feathers everywhere that had been cleverly tucked in so I couldn't see them through the packaging, and the chicken smelled, well, chicken-y. Not spoiled, but not as fresh as I would have expected. Note to self: don't buy any more chicken at WF. I've bought three different kinds of bread from the bakery now, and all three times tasted bland. Bread - added to my "don't buy" list. Twice at the deli counter I've looked for pancetta. The tag for pancetta is in the counter window, but twice, no pancetta. Other purchases were fine, but on average, higher priced than the same products in other markets. My conclusion: Wegman's beats Whole Foods hands down.

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