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#106 Suzanne F

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:17 PM

Really, it's beyond my understanding why any careful shopper would go there. The list of items I'll buy there is limited to at most a half-dozen,* and those only because I have in fact done my homework and know that the price is not outrageous and the thing is what it claims to be.

WF is a testament to the gullibility of the population. And people's lack of savvy while thinking how savvy they are. As my grandmother and mother would say, America goniff.

*Beer, yogurt, milk, avocados when on special, Kozy Shack rice pudding, and... um...well, less than half a dozen. :P

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:24 PM

well, the BSA (Board of Standards & Appeals of the City of New York) had a unanimous vote yesterday, regarding the soon-to-be built Whole Foods in Gowanus.

the choice of location is striking, to say the least. heirloom tomatoes in full view of a Superfund site, how tasty. :blink:

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:33 AM

well, the BSA (Board of Standards & Appeals of the City of New York) had a unanimous vote yesterday, regarding the soon-to-be built Whole Foods in Gowanus.

the choice of location is striking, to say the least. heirloom tomatoes in full view of a Superfund site, how tasty. :blink:

They're not growing them on site, for fuck's sake. In fact, it would be a surprise if they were grown anywhere within the infamous 100-mile (let alone 50-mile) radius.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:18 AM


well, the BSA (Board of Standards & Appeals of the City of New York) had a unanimous vote yesterday, regarding the soon-to-be built Whole Foods in Gowanus.

the choice of location is striking, to say the least. heirloom tomatoes in full view of a Superfund site, how tasty. :blink:

They're not growing them on site, for fuck's sake. In fact, it would be a surprise if they were grown anywhere within the infamous 100-mile (let alone 50-mile) radius.


Juicy, thin skin, local tomatoes are in the farmers markets in south Florida right now. They don't ship well, but they could easily get $6 a pound in the NY metro area.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:56 PM

Sell a line of canned tomato products called San Marzano, with a label containing Italian text, and the producer called Something Imports, mention in small print in the back that these are US grown tomatoes (that may or may not be San Marzanos).


This drives me crazy too. To be fair, other stores carry the same brand, and I find it annoying there too.
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#111 Wilfrid

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:16 PM

I may be alone in this, but my decisions on where to shop are often driven by a mixture of opportunity and convenience.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:23 PM


Sell a line of canned tomato products called San Marzano, with a label containing Italian text, and the producer called Something Imports, mention in small print in the back that these are US grown tomatoes (that may or may not be San Marzanos).


This drives me crazy too. To be fair, other stores carry the same brand, and I find it annoying there too.

i was most amused when i first saw these on the shelf and read the label until i noticed that they are often higher priced than actual canned san marzano tomatoes

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:21 PM

I may be alone in this, but my decisions on where to shop are often driven by a mixture of opportunity and convenience.

Out here in Jersey, I go to WF when I don't have the strength to drive twice as far to the Fairway.
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#114 Suzanne F

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:59 AM

I may be alone in this, but my decisions on where to shop are often driven by a mixture of opportunity and convenience.

You are not alone. :)

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:57 AM

With Pike Place Market as my backyard I don't go to WF very often; which is about 9 blocks away. Inline with the cheap beer discussion they had a 12-pack on sale for $4.99 last month... Copper something or other that was surprisingly good.

I wonder why they don't sell rabbit as the PCC (the first and last word in organic groceries) carries it.

WF is my source for buffalo, but after reading this thread it wouldn't be surprised if it was toffalo.

#116 Nathan

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:13 PM

Really, it's beyond my understanding why any careful shopper would go there.



maybe cause some people don't have ten hours to shop at 8 different stores for one meal.

with that said, in many places WF is often the best option around (in Austin Central Market (of course Central Market is owned by Walmart's primary competitor -- HEB (and that actually is who Walmart considers to be their primary threat at the corporate level)) was better but in the DC area WF is actually cheaper than Harris Teeter (in general) and has much better fish and meats).

of course, almost everywhere WF is primarily a restaurant (the prepared foods being the largest part of their business) and they blow other grocery stores away in that respect. and as Wilfrid noted, they're often the best source for beer (except in Montgomery County where they're not allowed to sell it)

now if this thread were moved to the NYC forum it might become more accurate :)
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#117 Nathan

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:19 PM

I should note that my general view of farmer's markets is that they are primarily mechanisms by which yuppies scam other yuppies (similar to "artisanal" stuff made in Brooklyn or Austin basements) so what do I know?

I mean, I've always loved IPA but now everyone loves IPA and about 80% of all new microbrews appear to be an IPA....and we've got 60 minute hops, 90 minute hops, 120 minute hops, extra hops (actually that SN Torpedo extra is really good and well priced at like $7.50 for 6)...so I'm getting kind of cynical.


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#118 Lippy

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:24 PM

I liked the cheese cave in the Houston St. location when it first opened, but it's gone now, replaced by pickles. Ranitidine likes the beer selection. Bait and switch seems to be a common tactic in the chain.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:36 PM

I liked the cheese cave in the Houston St. location when it first opened, but it's gone now, replaced by pickles. Ranitidine likes the beer selection. Bait and switch seems to be a common tactic in the chain.



they closed the cheese cave? that's unfortunate. I can well believe - that pickles proved to be a better seller in that location these days though...retail B&M today (the ones that survive that is) relies upon pretty extensive demographic customer data for each individual location in terms of what is on the shelves, what is displayed in the front etc. etc. less bait & switching and more...we didn't sell any of that charcuterie but pickles made in someone's Brooklyn outhouse fly off the shelves...while in a different location it could be the exact opposite.
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#120 Wilfrid

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:42 PM

The beer selection is good, but I basically stopped going once they closed the cave. Essex Street market more appealing.