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Monday, June 18, 2012

Wegman's-First impressions

     Apparently there were almost 2,000 people waiting for the opening of the Wegman's at 7 am.  The first person in line got there at midnight. When I drove by around noon there was heavy traffic and most people were being directed to other parking lots than the Wegman's lot.  I decided to wait till later in the afternoon to try again and maybe make it in time for dinner at the buffet choices.
   Going back around 4 pm was a good choice.  I got parking in a lot next to the store and the crowds were large but manageable.  Wegman's had a ton of people to help customers and restock merchandise.  I have waited longer to check out at Giant at dinnertime.
   In the hour and a half I wandered around the store I would make an assessment that I would definitely come back for the fresh seafood, the cheeses and baked goods.
 The grocery sections were not much different than a Giant or Safeway.  Prices were about what you would expect at a local Giant.  There are many Wegman brand items and store brands had a good number of organic products.  The organic items were priced about where you would expect.
 The club packs of meats were a good deal.  Meat selections were much larger than a Giant.
People wanting to find gluten free foods will find a large section of these types of foods
   After buying a few grocery items I decided to try the buffet for dinner.  There was a decent variety of items from which to select but it was typical buffet quality.  I think I would try their subs or pizza the next time I go there to eat.
  I chose to eat out on the patio in the nice weather and enjoy watching the police directing traffic on McGraw Road.

    So I will plan on coming back again sometime this week to do a slower and hopefully less crowded shopping trip.  I am not sure if I will make this a weekly trip but time will tell.  I still think I will have more fun shopping at the Family Market in Long Reach.

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1 comment:

Annie Rie said...

We agree. Haven't gone to the Frederick one for much besides what you stated. I don't see myself driving to that part of Columbia to shop, other than when I need to make a Costco run for staples.

Their seafood department is excellent, and I want to try the Marvesta shrimp from the Eastern Shore. They carry some Mock's Greenhouse produce from WV, that I usually only find at Silver Spring farmers market.

Now, if I want The Wild Peas hummus, I don't have to go to the B'more market, or drive to South Mountain.

It is fun to grab a quick lunch at their buffet, if only because we each can choose a different ethnic food.