I hve been among the first to champion and rave about Wegman's on here. I have also been seven times in their first two weeks of operation. This past weekend I had an opportunity to use Wegman's as a source for a major dinner that I was responsible for. In years past a similar dinner has involved trips to Whole Foods, Sutton Place, Dean and DeLuca and Maine Avenue.
The idea that I may be able to source everything that I needed at one store was an incredible plus.
Well, I did find most of what I needed at Wegman's. But not all. Now that I've had a chance to check much of what I bought at Wegman's was significantly MORE EXPENSIVE than Whole Foods, Sutton Place or even, remarkably, Dean and DeLuca. Specifically, Horizon
Farms organic butter at $5.99 (Whole Foods $4.99), Eppouisses ($16.99 vs. $14.99 Whole Foods and $15.99 Sutton Place), Badia Coltibuono olive oil($17.99 vs. $16.99 Whole Foods), bulk pistachios, pine nuts and walnuts all cost more than Whole Foods (about 10% across the board) and so forth. Wegman's seems to be very competitive on typical grocery items were the comparable store is Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter, etc. But when items typically carried by Whole Foods or Sutton Place enter into this the difference is quite striking.
I suppose that for the 10 cents on the dollar Wegman's convenience is worth it but still, overall, I suspect that it's not quite time to give up on visiting Whole Foods, Super H and others. If this sounds like I am disappointed then that is the correct impression. I am. I hadn't expected part of Wegman's to cost MORE than Whole Foods.