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  •  No doubt (6+ / 0-)

    Most overpriced around. Robbery really.

    •  Robbery? (6+ / 0-)

      Pffft.  Don't shop there.

      •  No kidding. (5+ / 0-)

        I really don't understand the complaints about Whole Foods prices.

        I no longer live near one, but when I did, I loved it.  I did my basic shopping (butter, milk, cereal) at Safeway, but meat and cheese and wine and bread...that all came from Whole Foods because it was much better quality and selection.

        Honestly, you'd think Whole Foods was putting the cheap markets out of business.  Truly laughable.

        Hope you enjoyed it, Sarah, 'cause we just kicked your silly winking folksy lipsticked ass back to Alaska. For good. Also.

        by Kaili Joy Gray on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 02:49:32 PM PST

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        •  What is happening is what always happens..... (4+ / 0-)
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          Whole Foods has been capturing a market. Now the large-chain stores will start carrying similar products in order to fight back. That's what they always do. They have the shelf space and financial resources to adapt on the fly.

          The Dominicks stores in the Chicago area have completely redone their floor plans in the past couple of years in response to the growth of Whole Foods, as well as bringing in a lot of similar products. Whole Foods itself has changed as it has grown, from a "granola" place to a self-aware gourmet specialty store.

          As far as I am concerned, it's win-win for me. I get better choices at the chain store, and Whole Foods keeps raising the bar to stay out in front.

          Gotta wait for the 2 high schoolers to leave the nest before I do more shopping at WF. No way anyone with less than a 7-figure income can afford to buy groceries for teenagers there ;-)

          If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible...tonight is your answer.

          by Azdak on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 03:11:37 PM PST

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        •  I miss me some Whole Foods (1+ / 0-)
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          When I lived in Houston, I would shop there regularly, and I was far from well-to-do, being a college student, working part-time in a library, and part-time as a tutor. I had to learn to shop smartly on a budget. Sure there were things at WF outside my budget, but not everything. Their store brand items and bulk items were reasonably priced. Quality-wise and selection-wise, none of the other Houston grocery chains could beat their fresh produce or seafood. Their salad and soup bar was probably about $1-$2 more than Kroger on average (from my own experience), but well worth it in choices and quality. I don't ever recall being scared by their bakery's prices as well. And their beer and wines often weren't that much more than at Spec's Warehouse.

          Sure they couldn't compete with Fiesta or Foodarama for low income families and food stampers there in Houston, but for quality and selection, they were a much better deal that the "high end" stores like Rice or Randall's (I'm not even sure either of those are still in business).

          I've been longing to move back to a city with a WF again. I'll be damn pissed if they go under.

          "Your world's no wider than your hatred of his" - Elliott Smith

          by croyal on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 03:13:12 PM PST

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