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pixiechick
06-16-2006, 06:12 PM
Talk to me about Wegman's....

We've got a new store here and they keep advertising how their prices are lower, on average, than the other stores.

Is that true? They seem too "upscale" for it to be true. But the ads indicate decent prices. I haven't ventured in yet myself, so tell me what to expect! :sunny: Thanks!

seagull
06-16-2006, 06:46 PM
I'm wondering the same thing, pixiechick. I got the ad and even signed up for the card. So what I think I'll do is wander over there one day and look around before I commit to doing my weekly shopping. I was going to go today but chickened out, afraid they'd be too expensive or not have things I buy regularly. If anyone has been to Wegman's let us know your experience.

marymrg
06-16-2006, 07:03 PM
Wegmans is my main grocery store. They have really good sale items and all the variety you need. They started out as a local store in Rochester, NY and are still privately owned.

I don't find them "upscale" even though they offer a lot of upscale items. IMHO, they are cleaner, friendlier and better organized than their competition in my area. They also like to sell a lot of home grown items in season.

Give them a try! If the store just opened, it's probably still packed from all the curious people! (and they're probably all transplants from the Rochester/Buffalo area)

Tink's Pixieduster
06-16-2006, 07:03 PM
Lucky you!! One of their stores opened about 12 miles from me about a year ago, so I don't do all my weekly shopping there, but will get in a trip if I'm near the area.

Don't confuse upscale for clean and very customer friendly. Plus, every time I've been there the employees seem genuinely interested in taking pride in their store.

A lot of their prices are lower than the store where I usually shop. It's been a while since I shopped there so I can't remember all their exact prices, but to give you an idea Prego spaghetti sauce at the store where I usually shop is about $2.50 and at Wegman's I've bought it for about $1.85. Their fresh produce prices are pretty good and so are their canned and boxed foods. Their rotisseri chicken was $4.99 (the last time I bought one a while ago), and at my usual grocery store its $6.99 and the bird is smaller.

I think the BEST part of Wegman's is their prepared foods and bakery. Their Chinese buffet is $6.99/lb which is a little expensive, but the food is great. Also, I got a strawberry rhubarb pie from their bakery about 3 weeks ago that cost $16, but the pie was very fresh, and it was deep and pretty large.

I genuinely can't say enough good things about this store. I've taken friends there to shop and they loved it. I just wish they would open one closer to me! I'd have a new regular grocery store if they did.

luv2mickey
06-16-2006, 07:03 PM
Wegmans is awesome! It's been almost 5yrs since we left Penn. and I still miss Wegmans. They used to have the best buy1 get1 deals (on useful stuff not just junk food).And you're right the stores are beautiful. If you shop by their adds you'll save money.

Bird-Mom
06-16-2006, 07:05 PM
I love Wegmans! :lovestruc :love: I haven't been in years since I moved out West where we do not have them, but I used to do most of my shopping there, and the prices were very competitive. The stores were so clean and bright. The variety was huge.

I did make one visit the last time I was home (which was 6 1/2 years ago) just to pick up my favorite things that we cannot get here, and I was very happy. I do tend to geek out about cool grocery stores b/c my father used to own a couple of stores and we would spend time checking out the competition.

Enjoy your shopping!

marcyinPA
06-16-2006, 07:16 PM
We have three Wegman's here in the Lehigh Valley of PA....they've been here for several years.

I LOVE Wegman's. The key to not overspending there is to avoid all of the prepared marketplace stuff. If you stick to the regular grocery items, their prices are very good. Many of the prices on my everyday things are cheaper at Wegman's than at Giant. Wegman's store brands are also very good.

Once in a blue moon, I will venture over to the prepared take-out stuff. Love their roasted veggies....YUMMY!! Great bakery and fantastic bread too. Also love the olive bar, hummus and bruschetta!! Edited to add that they also have the BEST subs and a great wings bar. And the Chinese food is really yummy too!

I don't know if your store has a WKids center, but that is possibly the BEST thing about Wegmans. Ours has a childcare center, where you can drop your child off for FREE for up to an hour. Once in a while, I'll meet up with friends for coffee and we'll put our kids in the Wkids center. It's FANTASTIC!! My son loves it in there!

HTH's!
Marcy

disneysteve
06-16-2006, 07:27 PM
We finally have Wegman's in our area. One opened in March and one opened even closer on Sunday. We love it there. Great selection. Great quality. Great customer service and great prices. Many people have the mistaken idea that it is an upscale place with upscale prices, but it is not. Their prices are at least comparable to the other chains in the area and, on many items, they are cheaper. The ones near us, in the spirit of competition, also accept all Shop Rite coupons and will match Shop Rite's weekly specials. And yes, we used to shop at Shop Rite. Now there is almost no need, except for a couple of specific items that Wegman's doesn't carry...yet. There was one item, the bread we buy, that Wegman's didn't have when they first opened. They've got it now. I'm sure enough customers asked for it and they responded by adding it to their stock.

CheapMom
06-16-2006, 07:51 PM
We have a new Wegman's here- it is the closest grocery to my house but I don't usually do my shopping there. Their prices are fair for most groceries but I feel they are VERY high for butcher, seafood, and poultry. I think they have a great selection and it is a nice facilty, with a European themed cafe and jazz musicians playing there occasionally, a great health food and gourmet selection. But overall I save money by shopping the sales at Giant, SUper fresh and Shoppers.

Gillian
06-16-2006, 08:10 PM
Steve, could you tell me the procedure for price matching to shoprite? We have several nice shoprites near me, where they have a large selection and decent prices. One doubles coupons up to but not including $1 which is nice. The Wegmans is not super close to us, but it's on the way home from work if we want to brave route 1.

Gillian
06-16-2006, 08:12 PM
We like the prepared foods, bread and desserts at Wegmans, but don't do our regular shopping there. The fish and meats are good.

A friend who does shop there often has found that lately they seem to be pushing Wegman's brands and limiting their selection of other brands. Also, she said they stopped carrying organic milk, supposedly because it is hard to keep in stock. :confused3

BeccaGrace
06-16-2006, 08:13 PM
I live in central NJ and you can't beat Wegman's prices for eggs, gallons of milk, toilet paper (Cottonelle and their surprisingly good generic brand) and paper towels (Wegmans generic). During the summer it isn't uncommon to see 12 packs of Coke products 4 or 5 for $10. They have the BEST frozen salmon sold in 2 pound bags for 8.98 (it is honestly the best salmon I've ever had and for an excellent price!). Their produce prices are good (or at least competitive) and the quality FAR exceeds all other supermarkets and most farmer's markets. Deli prices are also good. For regular processed type items (i.e. cereal, pop-tarts, frozen dinners) the prices are around the same or pennies more...but their sale prices are usually very good. I recall an awesome sale on Mrs. Smith's pies last holiday season for 1.67 each! They also have amazing store brand marinades that are 2 for $4--the rosemary balsamic is great for grilled veggies and chicken.

I am the biggest bargain hunter in my family and everyone is shocked when I say I shop at Wegmans:) Yes, their meat is higher priced and they certainly carry high end items as well. However their natural and organic items are more competitively priced than average supermarkets when I can't schlep out to Trader Joe's. And I can't say enough about their quality and about the people that work there. Wegmans has been in the top 10 places to work for a few years running and it shows in the quality of employees. My girls and I open the place up at 6 am a few times a week and they always have a friendly word for us. When it rains they have people waiting with umbrellas to take you to your car and load it for you (!!!!). It just makes it SO worth it...to be able to shop and spend roughly the same money when it averages out but be treated to a gorgeous store, the most delicious treats (my girls adore their muffins) and amazing service. Oh and they send a beautiful menu/catalog/magazine every month or so with tons of recipes with ingredients they mark clearly in the store.

Truly like no other grocery store! (Can you tell I love it? They should put me in a commercial:))

java
06-16-2006, 08:18 PM
:love: I LOVE Wegman's but I wouldn't call it cheap. Their prices around here can vary- some items way below Shoprite and others higher- But if you know your prices you can do well. Oh and they carry things that my others stores do NOT. I love to buy my San Marzano canned tomatoes from them. And that Bakery is to die for! The closest one to me is a good 20+ miles away- but they are opening one up that is about 5 miles away :banana: :banana: Can't wait. It will be close enough to be my every week place. Oh and stuff like the fresh seafood is fantastic but pricey. Their prepared foods are delicious and really full meal time savers. GO IN!! I love their in store demos too. In the meat dept. They have someone doing a "what's for dinner' demo- and any of them that I have tried at home I have LOVED>

grammynelliebelle
06-16-2006, 08:18 PM
We have a Wegman's in Monmouth County. It is a really nice store. I don't do my shopping there all the time because it's not my most convenient location. I find that if I stick to the regular grocery items I do fine. The quality is very good on the store brands as well. However, I try to stay away from buying in the specialty areas as that's when I buy things I dont really need. I have gotten Thanksgiving dinner all done ahead of time and it was a real time saver. I am not sure if they do the match the other stores specials.

garnet1240
06-16-2006, 08:20 PM
Born and raised here in Rochester NY..love Wegmans ...have been going all my life..best produce, best prepared foods...you can find anything there...my only problem is the stores have gotten too big! I do miss the smaller wegmans of years ago...

tmt martins
06-16-2006, 08:47 PM
Our Wegmans is nice if we're in the area ( we are a lot) we will shop there before coming home .I have a Giant and a Superfresh with-in a nice walk .

I just think Wegmans take a to the details a bit more .Clean,nicer staff,and so forth.

But with the 3 choices I do watch whats on sale on our everyday stuff and get that where it's on sale.

sweetheart2576
06-16-2006, 08:57 PM
I love Wegmans. A lot of their frozen foods are cheaper than our other local grocery store. I love their cold made to order subs, their rolls are the best.

disneysteve
06-16-2006, 08:58 PM
Steve, could you tell me the procedure for price matching to shoprite?
I actually just learned of this today and haven't checked into it myself. I plan to ask next time I'm there.

Neelloc
06-16-2006, 09:17 PM
Another Wegmans shopper here!

I love their "consistant low prices" and know that the items I buy regularly will be priced well. Their meat and produce is top notch (and I don't find it any more expensive than their main competitor, TOPS.) I know I can always get a gallon of milk for $1.79 as opposed to waiting for a sale elsewhere. I'll check the sale ads elsewhere, and if there's an incredible sale, then I'll go get those few items rather than overpay for items not on sale.

Plus, the Wegmans brand items are top notch...try the cereals, diapers, butter, soda pop, etc. You won't be dissapointed!

brymolmom
06-16-2006, 09:19 PM
I, too, have been in Rochester all my life. And, I've worked for Wegmans since I was 15 years old as a cashier...then with their scholarship through college...then into their IT department after graduation...and now a part time computer programmer since having ds 4 years ago. So, my view might be a little one-sided but I needed to chime in.

Wegmans is more than just a grocery store - their community involvement is huge. Try it out and give it a few shopping trips and you can form your own opinions.

Wegmans customer service is second to none. And, we were named #1 in Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Places to Work in America in 2005 (#2 in 2006). Be sure to hit opening day if you can - it's a sight to behold.

:) Karen - 19 years of Incredible Service

Merriwind
06-16-2006, 09:21 PM
I miss Wegman's! It was one of our favorite things about living in Central NY. I get emailing them asking them to come to FL. They would give yucky Publix a run for their money!

I always found their prices competitive. Could I find a couple of things cheaper if I drove around, probably, but not worth the time or gas to me. Great, local produce. So fresh. Very helpful staff, clean, great selections. When my Dmom and Dsis would visit from LI, they would insist on an outing to Wegman's.

Try it. You will love it!

Muushka
06-16-2006, 09:27 PM
Born and raised here in Rochester NY..love Wegmans ...have been going all my life..best produce, best prepared foods...you can find anything there...my only problem is the stores have gotten too big! I do miss the smaller wegmans of years ago...

I was born in Rochester NY. I wonder, do you know which was the first store? We are talking 50 years ago here folks. We used to shop at it when it was a little tiny thing on Dewey Ave? Not sure if that was the street or not. Then they expanded it to what was then, a Mega Store. Seemed like the biggest place in the world to this kid. I left Rochester around 1967. :sunny: Thanks!

brymolmom
06-16-2006, 09:30 PM
I was born in Rochester NY. I wonder, do you know which was the first store? We are talking 50 years ago here folks. We used to shop at it when it was a little tiny thing on Dewey Ave? Not sure if that was the street or not. Then they expanded it to what was then, a Mega Store. Seemed like the biggest place in the world to this kid. I left Rochester around 1967. :sunny: Thanks!

I think you might be referring to the Driving Park store. It is still open and by far our smallest store right now. It is at Driving Park and Dewey Ave. You should come back for a visit!

pansmermaidzlagoon
06-16-2006, 09:36 PM
We love Wegmans - do most of our shopping there. Great health food/organic sections. (I will shop one other store for sales only that I know bea Wegmans that week.)

I will agree to avoid the prepared stuff as that is high. I buy pies and baked goods elsewhere - and if the store has a Patisserie(sp?) watch out!!!

My biggest complaint has already been mentioned: they will push other brands out in order to push their own brands. Their PR will tell you it is because the name brands did not sell, but from some of the products I have seen dropped and replaced with Wegmans - that can't always be true. I am a brand name snob, but I have tried many Wegmans products and don't care for them, especially given the price. I would rather have a choice, instead of them pulling a brand and putting the Wegmans product in its place. I told a Wegmans rep once that if I wanted a "no name brand" I would sop at Aldis - I really don't like the choice taken away from me like that.

Other than this one point though I do like Wegmans overall! :sunny:

I would love to get a Trader Joe's though!!!!!!!!!!

ducklite
06-16-2006, 09:41 PM
I miss Wegman's SOOOO much! They have great prices, they are clean and their baked goods are to die for.

Also, a lot of their store brands are better than the national brands. We really like their speghetti sauces, W-Pop, and ice creams.

In fact I'll be up in NJ in a few weeks and then am driving home to FL, and plan on stopping at Wegman's on the way to pick up some stuff.

Anne

JoiseyMom
06-16-2006, 10:15 PM
I also do most of my shopping at Wegman's! They have the best prices on milk. THeir produce is the best in my area, with competive prices. Their meats are very high, I usually only buy their ground beef (90%) and their boneless chicken cutlets, when those are on sale, the prices are great. They have a very good bakery, and sub shop. Their chinese food I find very expensive for what it is. I do wish they carried more national brands, especially where bread is concerned. I find most of their grocery products cheaper than my shoprite, but shoprite has a much larger variety. You can't beat their customer service, and the kid center is awesome. THey have had 2 liter coke on sale for .79 for the longest time. Guess where I am bringing most of my free coke coupons!! They also do have a great organic section.

welovedis
06-16-2006, 11:14 PM
Another hometowner here from Rochester and as the other poster mentioned, Wegmans is not just a store here, it is a family. :)

I shop there for everything I can, even though Aldi's or Walmart may be cheaper, I am trying my best to support the local economy and you really can't get better than Wegmans. My favorite area is Nature's Marketplace and I'm thrilled that they are selling their own brand of organic and soy milk!

Cindy B
06-16-2006, 11:17 PM
You're from NJ-- you are talking about the Cherry Hill store right?


I'm not far from there. Wegmans while fancy, has better prices than Shoprite, Acme or even BJ's. Yes, BJ's wholesale club.

For example 2 percent milk. I don't do organic milk, but its just regular 2 percent milk. These are gallon prices.

Acme 2.89
Shoprite (Cherry Hill Shoprite) sometimes on sale for 2/5 but I don't like the fact that I have to buy 2. I feel forced into buying something I don't need.
Usual price around 2.69
BJ's 2.42

WEGMANS- 2.29

Yogurt same thing. The Dannon fruit on the bottom regular 6 oz yogurts are the cheapest at Wegmans. At Wegmans, its only 40 cents compared to 43 cent at BJ's (and again forced to buy a huge amount)

The Cherry Hill Wegmans as well as the Mt. Laurel/Moorestown one takes Shoprite coupons. So, if you kept your Shoprite mailer of $5 off 40 that can be used there. This mailer also had free product coupons, you can use those there as well.

Wegmans also does true doubles on coupons. I had a 75 cent coupon for cereal. I was thinking that they would only double to a dollar. They did a true double of 1.50.

The other thing that makes Wegmans expensive is all the extras that you cant find anywhere. I bypass all the fancy stuff and go right to the groceries.

Cindy B
06-16-2006, 11:22 PM
I actually just learned of this today and haven't checked into it myself. I plan to ask next time I'm there.


Here's how to price match for Shoprite coupons. I've done it a ton at Mt Laurel and at Cherry Hill.

Wegmans will only take the coupons that are in the front of the flier or the mailer you get.

Wegmans has a little scanner sheet that they use that has the Shoprite price barcoded. The cashier scans that and then overrides the price. Occasionally at Cherry Hill the cashier doesn't know what is going on, and needs a head cashier to assist them. Since this store just opened up last week, I understand that.

I usually save my Shoprite things for the end of the order to assist the cashier. I tell the cashier that these things are Shoprite items.

laurabelle
06-17-2006, 04:02 AM
I love Wegmans! :love: They have spoiled me for grocery shopping any place else. Fresh everything, friendly employees, customer service! I enjoy browsing around the international and organic sections. It's a great place to go to get out of a cooking rut! Their brand name items I've tried so far have been very good. Pricewise they're either the same or less as other stores for what I buy. You could spend a fortune there if you had no self control though! Target is usually cheaper than the grocery stores for cereal, crackers, snack items, but I've gotten the same sales at Wegmans too. And they give back to the community. :thumbsup2

DisDee
06-17-2006, 05:09 AM
Thanks for the tip re: the Shoprite coupons at Wegmans. Sounds like a bunch of you live right in my area. I take Haddonfield Rd. past the new Cherry Hill store everyday as I drive to and from work. My DH checked out the new store yesterday since he had a day off. He bought a bunch of the sale items, but did not try any of the "specialty" things. I plan to wait a little while before I venture in, to avoid all the grand opening crowds.

waughzee
06-17-2006, 07:08 AM
I drive 50 miles round trip every week just to shop at Wegman's! I adore the place! It's not just grocery shopping, it's an experience! Too bad mine doesn't double coupons.

MyZoeJane
06-17-2006, 07:22 AM
I should probably read the responses to this thread before I post because I am sure someone has already made the following points but:

Wegman's has an AWESOME selection... expecially for healthfood nuts like me! Their organic/whole foods section is second to only Whole Foods (which we have here in Chicago), and from what I've heard/read... Wegman's is an incredible company to work for and they do a lot for their communities.

My only regret about Wegman's is that they don't have them here in the midwest. I have to go back to where I was born (the town of Corning, NY) to shop there!


Oh, and I also remember reading a few years ago in Child or Parents magazine that Wegman's is also rated the MOST kid friendsly place to grocery shop. :)

disneysteve
06-17-2006, 07:22 AM
THey have had 2 liter coke on sale for .79 for the longest time. Guess where I am bringing most of my free coke coupons!!
Of course, it doesn't matter how much they charge if you are using your free coupons. Actually, both times I used my coupons at Wegman's, they couldn't figure out how to ring them up. One time, I actually ended up paying 5 cents/bottle because she did it wrong. But the other time, I came out a couple of dollars ahead because she took off too much, even though I tried to explain what she needed to do.

Sorry for the OT.

Cindy B - Thanks for the price match info.

Muushka
06-17-2006, 07:24 AM
I think you might be referring to the Driving Park store. It is still open and by far our smallest store right now. It is at Driving Park and Dewey Ave. You should come back for a visit!

Yes, that is the one we used to shop at. I remember the old one had it's front door on Dewey Ave. And this "new one :rotfl2: " (to me anyway!) is their smallest?? Things do change.

My sister still lives in Rochester. I usually meet her in RI, my other former home state!

pixiechick
06-17-2006, 07:54 AM
Boy, I go to bed for the night and come back to 3 pages! :teeth:

Sounds like I'll be heading to Wegman's today to check it out. And for those in the area, I am referring to the Cherry Hill store. I'm about 5 minutes away. We need a Dis food shopping meet! :drive: (I've been looking for a reason to use that smilie...)

Prepared food/ "gourmet-ish" type food is a budget buster for me, so I'll have to try to behave in there. One reason I shop at Aldi's-very little temptation.

Thanks Cindy B. for the coupon information. Now, I have to find the shop rite flyer somewhere in the recycling pile.

Thanks to everyone for all the great information!

Cindy B
06-17-2006, 08:23 AM
Thanks for the tip re: the Shoprite coupons at Wegmans. Sounds like a bunch of you live right in my area. I take Haddonfield Rd. past the new Cherry Hill store everyday as I drive to and from work. My DH checked out the new store yesterday since he had a day off. He bought a bunch of the sale items, but did not try any of the "specialty" things. I plan to wait a little while before I venture in, to avoid all the grand opening crowds.


There are no grand opening crowds! Seriously, it was fine opening day. My DH went this AM and it was fine no crowds.

You can also not go Haddonfield Rd. You can go Rt. 70 towards Philly, and take the jughandle that is near the car dealers. (I think its Grove st, Haddonfield Rd) Take that jughandle and go straight to the Traffic light. That traffic light is Haddonfield Rd. Wait for it to turn green. You will be right at Wegmans.

disneysteve
06-17-2006, 08:51 AM
There are no grand opening crowds! Seriously, it was fine opening day. My DH went this AM and it was fine no crowds.
I was wondering about that since the Mt. Laurel store opened not long ago and many from Cherry Hill have gone up to that one. I live in Cherry Hill and it takes me no more than 12 minutes door to door from my house to the Mt. Laurel store, so it isn't that far away. The Cherry Hill store is closer in miles but not much closer in travel time.

disgram
06-17-2006, 10:02 AM
We have two Wegman's within 20 miles of us. I Love the store!!!!! The one in Corning opened first and so I would drive the 20 miles to shop. When they opened the one here in Elmira, I was in heaven!!!! Their bakery is heavenly and I like that they bake their breads right on site!!! Their meat is a little more expensive but it is a great deal when you buy the bigger packages. I have never had to return any meat because it was spoiled or old as I have in the Tops store that is here.
I went last nite to get my dad's groceries and he likes Wegman's brand of OJ. They were out of the extra pulp so the dairy manager gave me Tropicana for the price of the Wegman's brand. They are very helpful in that way.
My son and daughter-in-law are now living in Charlotte NC from Rochester and the only thing they miss is WEGMAN's!!!! When they come up for a visit, they pack 2 HUGE coolers full to take home. They are hoping that Wegman's will open a store in Charlotte very soon.
Go and check them out. You will not be disappointed.

PS. Their seafood is Excellent!!!!!! pixiedust:

ducklite
06-17-2006, 10:08 AM
There are no grand opening crowds!

I remember when the very first Wegmans opened in NJ just north of Princeton--what a MOB SCENE!!! I think every person who had moved to NJ from NY or PA descended on that store on opening day. We were there around 5:00pm after a lot of the hubub had calmed down and saw Danny Wegman straightening cans on a shelf!

Anne

rigs32
06-17-2006, 10:24 AM
1) The smaller Wegmans that still exist in the Rochester area surprise me. They don't carry much in terms of what makes Wegmans unique, so I rarely shop at them. Very few prepared foods, virtually no ethnic foods and very little in the organic "section".
2) They were the first grocery store in Buffalo (not sure about Rochester) that offered a pre-made Kosher food department.
3) Their prices can be higher, but shop the loss-leaders and keep track of what's competative, and you'll be good.
4) The babaganoush on their olive bar is the best I've ever had. Then I found out how many calories were in it.....

Cindy B
06-17-2006, 12:07 PM
I remember when the very first Wegmans opened in NJ just north of Princeton--what a MOB SCENE!!! I think every person who had moved to NJ from NY or PA descended on that store on opening day. We were there around 5:00pm after a lot of the hubub had calmed down and saw Danny Wegman straightening cans on a shelf!

Anne


The one in Mt. Laurel had a mob scene, traffic jams and cops galore. This one in Cherry Hill had a fairly uneventful opening day (I was there). The plaza is still pretty new and most stores aren't in there yet. The construction has been going on for a long time (demolishing the racetrack, putting in this plaza) so many still think its under construction.

I went opening day in Cherry Hill, there was maybe 40 people in line for opening bell and I was in and out in less than an hour.

Cindy B
06-17-2006, 12:10 PM
I was wondering about that since the Mt. Laurel store opened not long ago and many from Cherry Hill have gone up to that one. I live in Cherry Hill and it takes me no more than 12 minutes door to door from my house to the Mt. Laurel store, so it isn't that far away. The Cherry Hill store is closer in miles but not much closer in travel time.

I'm really close to the Cherry Hill store. I can get there in about a 5 minute or less drive. It takes about 12-15 minutes to get to the Mt. Laurel one as well (295 traffic).

If I am out in Moorestown/Maple Shade I'll go to Mt. Laurel, but if I'm home, I'll go to Cherry Hill.

jam217
06-17-2006, 03:01 PM
Yes, I would agree that if you venture into the Marketplace section, you could end up spending a lot more money than you had planned. Many times I planned to stop in for a just a few things and end up with a $70 bill because I'd gone into the Marketplace. I also agree that the subs are WONDERFUL as is the chinese food. I also like their wide variety of cheeses. Nature's Marketplace has a varied selection of organic foods. In comparing their grocery prices to other stores, I believe they're comparable. And if you think it gets crowded on the weekends, you haven't seen anything until you've been there on Christmas Eve day. Not only is the store crowded, but it's almost impossible to get a parking spot.

Kellyscrapbooks
06-17-2006, 03:14 PM
I don't find them "upscale" even though they offer a lot of upscale items. IMHO, they are cleaner, friendlier and better organized than their competition in my area. They also like to sell a lot of home grown items in season.

Give them a try! If the store just opened, it's probably still packed from all the curious people! (and they're probably all transplants from the Rochester/Buffalo area)

I have to strongly agree here. Now, I have to be VERY careful when I shop there, because I will buy everything in sight. Some of their prices are excellent and unless you are buying right from the farmers market, you can't beat their produce for quality. Their bakery is pretty darn terrific too...(I'm currently eating a piece of their sourdough pecan raisin bread for my lunch!)
My suggestion is just don't go shopping there hungry, their displays are top notch!

marcyinPA
06-17-2006, 03:16 PM
Yes, I would agree that if you venture into the Marketplace section, you could end up spending a lot more money than you had planned. Many times I planned to stop in for a just a few things and end up with a $70 bill because I'd gone into the Marketplace. I also agree that the subs are WONDERFUL as is the chinese food. I also like their wide variety of cheeses. Nature's Marketplace has a varied selection of organic foods. In comparing their grocery prices to other stores, I believe they're comparable. And if you think it gets crowded on the weekends, you haven't seen anything until you've been there on Christmas Eve day. Not only is the store crowded, but it's almost impossible to get a parking spot.

I hear ya!! Not only holidays, but almost every day, the parking lot at the Hanover Twsp. Wegman's is packed full!! It's worth the walk from the farthest parking space, though! :thumbsup2

patsal
06-17-2006, 03:32 PM
I've been able to shop at Wegman's as long as I can remember. Though they have some wonderful upscale stuff, they also have the freshest produce, meats and deli I have ever experieinced. The food will keep for a good long time over the other supermarkets stuff. As for competative prices they sure are on the staples. So long as you don't get drawn into the high end specialty food you should find that you saved onthe everyday items.

pixiechick
06-17-2006, 05:08 PM
We went this afternoon th the new Cherry Hill, NJ store. Very Nice. Unfortunately, I didn't see much of the store because I got caught up in the marketplace section! 1 hour and $80 bucks later, DH and DS were "twitchy" and it was time to leave. We never got to the rest of the store. :rotfl: So much for the budget discipline!

Lots of samples and lots of people. Cindy B: remind me to go with your DH next time! :) We hit the afternoon crowds. I think most people were a little overwhelmed. Plus, with all the samples given out, there were lots of cart hit and runs going on.

Best buy, although expensive: Saga blue cheese with a caramel, craisin, apple, walnut topping. Oh my Lord! so good ( and pricy, but what a treat!) We picked up a bunch of stuff for dinner tonight and all day tomorrow.

I'll be done school this week and will head back in during the morning when the crowds are low to really check it out. But it seems that what everyone said is true-great store. As far as the prepared food prices...yes it wasn't cheap, but I feel they are comparible to other places that offer similar items and the quality appeared high. The staff couldn't have been nicer. Dh wondered if some of the crowd was due to employees. You couldn't move without running into staff.

GraysMom
06-17-2006, 05:41 PM
I also really enjoy shopping at Wegman's. Unfortunately the one closest to us is surrounded by new expensive houses whose owners have money to burn so the prices are higher than Giant and Weis. I though higher costs were the norm for Wegman's since they do offer such nice produce, convinience foods, etc, but a coworker of DH's said the Wegman's by him (Hanover Twp) is actually cheaper than Giant! One of these days will make the long trek up there and check it out for ourselves. For now I just stop by to pick up specific things, like their hot fresh French bread. Yummy!

GraysMom

j's m
06-17-2006, 06:42 PM
My DH has been asking to go to Wegmans. Is there any difference between the Cherry Hill and Mount Laurel stores? They're both about the same distance for us, 1/2 hour. I've been reading this thread out loud to him and he wants to go tomorrow!

That would make a great DIS meet, go to Wegmans!

grammynelliebelle
06-17-2006, 07:19 PM
After looking at all these posts, I went to Wegmans for a few things. We decided to have "dinner" there. DH and I split a 14 inch sub for $6.99 and brought half home! In our store there is a dining area above the shopping area. Is this usual in other stores?

jgraney106
06-17-2006, 08:41 PM
My husband works at the Wegmans meat center here in Rochester, NY. He said that all the newer Wegmans stores are being build in more upscale areas. Around here it's probably the most popular grocery store with the best prices for food.Our stores in Rochester are not all super stores with the restraunts and play areas inside, although they seem to be updating them all the time. As employers go, they are a good company to work for. The founder Robert Wegman just pasted away a short time ago. The funeral was a big deal here ,as he contributed alot to the community. The company is run now by his son Danny and his grand daughter Colleen Wegman.

Dorisk3
06-17-2006, 08:44 PM
After looking at all these posts, I went to Wegmans for a few things. We decided to have "dinner" there. DH and I split a 14 inch sub for $6.99 and brought half home! In our store there is a dining area above the shopping area. Is this usual in other stores?


Our Wegmans has an eating area as well. I just brought a sub home tonight too- can't beat that price and lunch tomorrow too! Sometimes when we are too tired for a real night out and don't feel like worrying about babysitting- my husband and I will put the kids in the Fun Center and get some sushi and whatever else looks good and eat upstairs. Its a fun, fairly cheap way to spend a little time together!

marcyinPA
06-17-2006, 09:05 PM
I also really enjoy shopping at Wegman's. Unfortunately the one closest to us is surrounded by new expensive houses whose owners have money to burn so the prices are higher than Giant and Weis. I though higher costs were the norm for Wegman's since they do offer such nice produce, convinience foods, etc, but a coworker of DH's said the Wegman's by him (Hanover Twp) is actually cheaper than Giant! One of these days will make the long trek up there and check it out for ourselves. For now I just stop by to pick up specific things, like their hot fresh French bread. Yummy!

GraysMom

I shop at the Wegman's in Hanover Twp., and the prices are better than those at Giant on most things. Only problem is Giant is closer to me (West Bethlehem) than Wegman's, so I go to Giant when I need a few things. I used to shop Weis/King's (Westgate Mall) but that store is absolutely filthy and terribly understaffed. I was so happy when Wegman's opened up!!

I'm surprised that the prices differ from store to store....do you shop in Allentown or Palmer Twp?

MyZoeJane
06-17-2006, 10:46 PM
[QUOTE=disgram]We have two Wegman's within 20 miles of us. I Love the store!!!!! The one in Corning opened first and so I would drive the 20 miles to shop. QUOTE]


Ahhhh.... Corning, NY... My birthplace. :goodvibes

It really is incredible how much it's change din the last 30 years!

OT, sorry! :rolleyes1

Cindy B
06-18-2006, 02:53 AM
My DH has been asking to go to Wegmans. Is there any difference between the Cherry Hill and Mount Laurel stores? They're both about the same distance for us, 1/2 hour. I've been reading this thread out loud to him and he wants to go tomorrow!

That would make a great DIS meet, go to Wegmans!

The store layout is the same. The only exception is one snack aisle. In Mt. Laurel, the potato chips/pretzels/tortilla chips are in one section. In Cherry Hill, this aisle is about two rows away on the right. The section in the Cherry Hill store is labeled isotonic water which isn't really chips/tortilla pretzels.

As for other posters, this one has a eating section as well.

I totally bypass the marketplace area. I get the bread and lunchmeat and thats it. I don't get suckered in and do stuff. If I am getting rolls/bagels I do exactly that and move on!

dvcfamily41801
06-18-2006, 07:01 AM
I LOVE Wegmans!! :love: Was just there yesterday. The one I go to is in Princeton, NJ, takes about 20 min to get there. I can literally walk to a Genuardi food store across the street from me, but I do my big food shopping at the Wegmans. :goodvibes

Cinderpals
06-18-2006, 07:35 AM
Sorry, if this has already been posted...didn't take the time to read through all of the posts on this thread!!!!

I went there for about the 3rd time last month...I live between two of them. Well, my daughter (5yrs) was so excited to be left in the kids room. I was prepared to pay, but the lady just gave me my beeper, after I had to fill-out some forms, and said see you...you have up to 1.5 hrs!! That was incredible. Of course, I didn't leave my DD there for 1.5 hrs, but she would have been okay.There were a few other girls/boy near her age in there. She had fun!! I would have been okay too. I went from one side through to the food market section. Yummy breads, pies, cakes etc....

So for me to say that I enjoyed my grocery shopping experience (the only shopping I normally dread), is two thumbs up for Wegman's!

marcyinPA
06-18-2006, 12:09 PM
Sorry, if this has already been posted...didn't take the time to read through all of the posts on this thread!!!!

I went there for about the 3rd time last month...I live between two of them. Well, my daughter (5yrs) was so excited to be left in the kids room. I was prepared to pay, but the lady just gave me my beeper, after I had to fill-out some forms, and said see you...you have up to 1.5 hrs!! That was incredible. Of course, I didn't leave my DD there for 1.5 hrs, but she would have been okay.There were a few other girls/boy near her age in there. She had fun!! I would have been okay too. I went from one side through to the food market section. Yummy breads, pies, cakes etc....

So for me to say that I enjoyed my grocery shopping experience (the only shopping I normally dread), is two thumbs up for Wegman's!
Isn't that the best?? My DS loves going into the WKids Center! I've always been very impressed with the caregivers too....I've discovered that many of them (in the store I shop anyway) are education students at the local community college. It's nice to know that they don't just throw anyone into the kids club to work...they actually hire people that like (and are good with) kids!

My store used to give you 1.5 hours, but because it's so popular, they've dropped it down to an hour. My friends and I (and sometimes My Dh and I) will often have coffee or lunch and it's so nice to have a place to put the kids!

Marcy

disneysteve
06-18-2006, 12:12 PM
We're heading over to the new Cherry Hill store in a little while. Anybody need me to pick up anything for them? :teeth:

pixiechick
06-18-2006, 04:18 PM
We're heading over to the new Cherry Hill store in a little while. Anybody need me to pick up anything for them? :teeth:


not even funny!! ;)

We went out for lunch in Cherry Hill for Father's Day. After ordering, DH suggested cancelling the order and heading over to Wegmans to pick a few things up instead. He was eyeballing the huge scallops in the seafood display yesterday. The remainders from yesterday's trip will be pulled out for "dinner" tonight!
Happy Father's Day Shopping! :goodvibes

disneysteve
06-18-2006, 05:29 PM
We're heading over to the new Cherry Hill store in a little while. Anybody need me to pick up anything for them? :teeth:
Well, we're back.

For the record, it took 10 minutes to get there compared to 12 for Mt. Laurel. The route we need to get to CH is much more traffic dependent, though, so at certain times of day, ML would be a shorter ride.

The stores are virtually identical. I much prefer the seating area of the cafe in ML. Much of it is fully enclosed so it is a lot quieter. The CH one is all open so you hear all the noise from the store below.

Once again, the cashier had no clue what to do with my free Coke coupon, but the lead cashier who came over had no problem.

Of note, Kleenex was $.99 which is less than it had been last time we were at the ML store, and milk was $2.09/gallon. Can't beat that.

Halle
06-18-2006, 06:07 PM
I"ve been shopping at Wegmans since 1979 when I moved to Rochester NY from NJ, yup I was a Shop Rite shopper! Wegmans is the best!! Prices may be higher on some items and lower on others, it all balances out. Is the Driving Park store smaller than the East Henrietta/ Calkins location. Anyone out there remember the Scottsville store?

marcyinPA
06-18-2006, 07:03 PM
never mind!

Cindy B
06-18-2006, 08:17 PM
Isn't that the best?? My DS loves going into the WKids Center! I've always been very impressed with the caregivers too....I've discovered that many of them (in the store I shop anyway) are education students at the local community college. It's nice to know that they don't just throw anyone into the kids club to work...they actually hire people that like (and are good with) kids!

My store used to give you 1.5 hours, but because it's so popular, they've dropped it down to an hour. My friends and I (and sometimes My Dh and I) will often have coffee or lunch and it's so nice to have a place to put the kids!

Marcy

NOne of the Wegmans near us have the kids centers. The only store that I know of that has a kids center is Shoprite (Medford, NJ)

JoyG
06-18-2006, 09:51 PM
Love, LOVE, LOVE Wegmans!!!

I have become a grocery store snob after shopping there. Their prices are low and the quality is outstanding. And the atmosphere...it's the Starbucks of grocery stores. I drop my kids off at the high quality WKids, get myself a mocha latte from the coffee bar and start my shopping.

Now when I'm on vacation, and I have to stop in a grocery store on Long Island or Maryland or wherever I am, I wonder to myself how people ever get by with such dingy little supermarkets.

welovedis
06-19-2006, 06:01 AM
Halle-
It has been years since I've been in the DPark store, but it is about the same size, maybe a little smallers than the one on EHen & Calkins. I don't remember the Scottsville one, but DH misses the one on Mt. Hope right near Strong/U of R. He used the love going there for a quick bite and now he has to lug his lunch back & forth! :)

Nice to hear that our beloved hometown supermarket is well-liked in other areas. I stopped at a local Tops store for something I can't get at Wegs (Sahlen's hot dogs from Buffalo!) and couldn't believe the way the employees treated the customers & how dirty the store is. Glad I have a smaller Wegmans 1 minute from my house and 3 larger ones within a 10-15 min drive!

Gillian
06-19-2006, 06:57 AM
Here's how to price match for Shoprite coupons. I've done it a ton at Mt Laurel and at Cherry Hill.

Wegmans will only take the coupons that are in the front of the flier or the mailer you get.

Wegmans has a little scanner sheet that they use that has the Shoprite price barcoded. The cashier scans that and then overrides the price. Occasionally at Cherry Hill the cashier doesn't know what is going on, and needs a head cashier to assist them. Since this store just opened up last week, I understand that.

I usually save my Shoprite things for the end of the order to assist the cashier. I tell the cashier that these things are Shoprite items.Thank you for the info! Will they pricematch to sale items? Same thing, just show flyer?

I think DH & I need to plan a date night at the Princeton Wegmans, LOL. Our kids have never been to the kids club there, but they like the one at our new(ish) Shoprite, so I'm sure they'd be happy.

GraysMom
06-19-2006, 08:11 AM
I shop at the Wegman's in Hanover Twp., and the prices are better than those at Giant on most things. Only problem is Giant is closer to me (West Bethlehem) than Wegman's, so I go to Giant when I need a few things. I used to shop Weis/King's (Westgate Mall) but that store is absolutely filthy and terribly understaffed. I was so happy when Wegman's opened up!!

I'm surprised that the prices differ from store to store....do you shop in Allentown or Palmer Twp?

We shop at the Allentown location. It's right in the middle of very nice, VERY expensive new townhouses/houses and the people there don't mind paying more money for quality and convinience (I can't get over how many people in this area don't cook).

GraysMom

Barbers2005
06-19-2006, 06:18 PM
Wow, I was suprised how many people found Wegman's to be the same or less expensive than other grocery stores. That's sure not the case where I live. In fact, Wegman's is probably the most expensive grocery store in the area. Except for meat and produce, I shop at Walmart. I buy meat and produce at Price Chopper because the quality is good and there's always decent sales. There's a Wegman's about 10 minutes away in Johnson City, but I never go there unless there's something special that I can't find at the other stores.