I visited the hallowed Wegman this week, midweek. The way it is discussed on this board, I felt like it was the Second Coming. There was talk of being compared to the largest food store in the western world, in France.
What is all the hype about? I just don't see it. Especially the COMPARISONS TO A EUROPEAN OPEN AIR MARKET??? Like Eastern Market or Reading Terminal Market in Philly? It offers everything under one roof, I'll give it that. But compared to Trader Joe's or Balducci's, Whole Foods or places like Dean & Deluca/Zabars? It didn't seem like anything I'd never seen before. It just seemed like a large Wal-Mart sized supermarket with a good selection of specialty (whole foods, sutton/TJ's et al) merchandise.
Well, it wasn't very crowded, the crowd shopping there was nothing special either. What I really can't get over is how one person raved over the Asian buffet bar and how it was better than famous local Asian restaurants!!!
Well, I tried it myself. It cost $13.64, a bit over priced IMO. It was nothing special. Tasted pretty bland, cafeteria like and totally Americanized to me. BTW, the chinese food there is obviously not even prepared by Chinese!! The pizza looked pretty horrid too.
The store-label Wegman's brand looked only a step above Giant's. It was nowhere near the Trader Joe's private label stuff. The prices were also only so-so.
Finally, all in all, if it opened down the street from me and I had never heard of it and stumbled in, I'd be pleasntly surprised.