This weekend, Mom and I drove from NJ to Richmond VA. Leaving NJ, our route took us pass the Whole Foods, we normally (it is the closest WF we occasion, but still a 50+ mile drive) frequent. We decided that a short road food shopping trip was in order. That was an excellent idea. Meant that once we arrived Hotel-wise, we already had excellent nibbles to relax over and we also well supplied with drinks and snacks en route. We stayed in the Short Pump area near Richmond and discovered a WF We stopped by to pick up some items to bring to a party and got a tad bit of an education.
WF apparently has some regional specialization going. And I wonder what else is up their bag of tricks! The VA. store we shopped at had wine and beer, local laws allow that. Yeah the selection was awesome. But two things I saw there I sure would love to see at my local WF: fresh salsa bar and a hot smoked meats bar. The salsa bar featured a good selection of chopped fresh veggie items that could be gathered then mixed with about 5 offered salsa bases. Nice idea and one I am sure could work in NJ. The smoked meat bar, well. BBQ, pulled, BBQ, beef, pork, chicken with some nice fixins' mashed pots, MAc and cheese, collards, garlic green beans and Gooooood!
So what does your WF have that maybe another region does not?