Sorry, focus, so I head to Northboro, home of the first Massachusetts Wegman's. I take a left at the light and head up the very long road to the top where I find a gigantic shopping plaza with Wegman's, Kohls, BJs, and a bunch of other places. I park in front of the mega sized Wegman's and head in.
I head in and am surprised at the openness of it all. I dash into the "Market Cafe" which currently smells like barbecue sauce. I pass a soft pretzel cart, and some muffins that have been sitting out all day, and many of the same things I find at other stores. Sure I can't find Caribbean lime chicken at any old grocery store, but at the same time, I wasn't looking for it either. Oh there's sushi and kosher cooked chicken's (at double the cost), but again, don't care. Oh sure there is plenty of stuff here, but nothing I really want or that will safely survive the trip home.
I move onto the all natural section. It's a decent size that is bigger than a standard organic section, but no where near as helpful as a whole foods or trader joes, so I move on.
Next is chips, snacks, and all the other stuff. There are some good prices here and there.
Wow, there is a big candy store section, that's different, but again, don't care.
Found the freezer section, but I'm going to hit that last
I wander down to the end to find a caged in liquor section and what appears to be a wholesale club style pet section. If only I drank... or had a pet... I might care... still don't (notice a trend here?)
It's seems like Wegman's is trying to be everything to everyone without actually succeeding at anything. Sure, it would probably suffice if it was the closest thing to my house, but Market Basket is way more effective. Oh, I forgot to mention all the shelves are real short, I think I remember being able to see over them (felt like it anyway). Market Basket has big high shelves filled with lots of choices. Yes, Wegman's had pepperidge farm cookies on sale, but they had like 6 kinds of cookies total when there are over 2 dozen at MB. Selection is key for me no matter how foo foo you make your store look (I'm looking at you mister cool miniature train hanging from the ceiling)
Enough disappointment, you just want to know about ice cream don't you? Well, before I went to the 140,000 sq ft Wegman's, I envisioned an ice cream aisle as far as the eye could see filled with freezer after freezer of my favorite treats. Instead I got an ice cream section that reminds me of the small grocery store I went to as a kid. How in the bloody blue world can you build an ice cream section this small in a store this big? No it wasn't teeny tiny, but I wanted to be wowed, and that just didn't happen.
Hold on friends, it wasn't a total loss.
So the ice cream section was like
6 freezers (see my second visit),
and guess what was in the second one?
and guess what was in the second one?
hehehehe - even an Ice Cream Pizza!!
Oh this is exactly what I was looking for! Oh I am thankful that this trip is not a total wash. Sure I was hoping for a much larger selection of Perry's, but what I got instead was 3 freezers full of Wegman's brand ice cream. Low fat, extra churned, premium pints... Oh, yeah, another bone to pick with Wegman's. So they've got several neat looking pint sized premium flavors like peanut butter and jelly, but they were all a mess. Every flavor I choose was leaking out the side. I drove all this way and your ice cream is a mess? not cool. Even worse, they are still trying to pawn this stuff off on people. Not everyone is going to notice the chocolate smudge on the side til they get home, and at that point they wont want to bring it back. It would have been one thing if it was one flavor (hey, stuff happens), but it was every single flavor I picked up.
Oh, to the people who drove in an RV for the opening of Wegman's two months ago? Soooo totally not worth the hundreds of dollars you spent on gas. Wegman's has it's good points, but I'll stick with Market Basket.