I figured this should be split off from the other Glastonbury thread. I heeded no warnings, and just spent a little while wandering around the new location on its opening day. I have a particular sentiment for this plaza, as my first-ever job was at Frank's Supermarket, the building that WF now occupies. That was 20 years ago, and the arrival of WF brings the first real change to the plaza. It's very nice; bright and welcoming.
Inside it was busy, but not overly crowded. This was around 7:50PM; I suspect that when I return on the weekend the story will be a bit different. (!!!)
I think the layout of this store is much better than that of the West Hartford store. It just seems to have a nice flow when walking through. The food-serving stations and salad bars for the cafe are consolidated in one area, instead of being scattered through the store. Seating is off to the side when you first enter, a big improvement over WH. This keeps the register traffic separate from the dining traffic.
The little section of bulk spices looks inviting - especially that they have 7 kinds of salt, as well as a few kinds of peppercorns, and even rosemary leaves. I doubt that the pricing was better than other sources (mail order, Indian grocery stores) but handy if you only need a sampling.
The dessert variety looks wider than the WH store, more cakes and things that make you throw any dietary sense out the window.
My financial sense will go out the window as well, as I'll be able to stop on my way home from work. Oh well! I would say that the West Hartford store will now have more freedom of parking, but I think Blue Black has taken care of any free space that might have been available!