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Friendship Heights Whole Foods in slight decline?

Just Visiting | Dec 27, 201403:54 PM     5

We shop at Whole Foods because the produce and fish are better than in other stores and at Friendship Heights because it is large, aisles are relatively wide, and the garage is easy to deal with (compared to the nightmare at Rockville, in particular or the insane lot at River Road). However - and yes, I know it is December - the quality of the produce is not as high as it has been in the past. I bought a sack of tangerines and they were dry and hard on the inside. I haven't heard that this was a bad year for apples grown in the Northeast, yet they are already down to a handful of Honeycrisps and never stocked Cameos at all this year. In my view, WFM is pathetically bad at inventory. They've been out of baby romaine for weeks. The employee told me it was because they were closed on Wednesday. Right after I told him they've been out of it for weeks. They were out of crumbled goat cheese. A couple of weeks ago, I was looking for chopped clams and they hauled out a huge frozen bag from the back. Granted, it is not the time of year to be expecting fresh chopped clams, but honestly - how can you sell something if you don't put it out? And they seemed annoyed that I wanted them to go look for something. I expect this hit-or-miss shopping from Rodman's but not from WFM.

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