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  •  Too True... (12+ / 0-)

    Though Walmart has a philosophy...

    I walked away from Whole foods some time ago.

    In their home city of Austin, Texas, Whole Foods is getting eaten alive by HEB's Central Market. Far better prices, decent organic selection, reduced costs due to a distribution network shared with a large conventional supermarket chain...

    I empathize with bugscuffle. I spent childhood summers on a farm that was about 75 miles from anything larger than a convenience store. Shopping trips involved Costco, a cooler with dry ice, and a couple of the large carts.

    The myth of Walmart's low prices is also something to consider though.

    It is curious to see the periodical disuse and perishing of means and machinery, which were introduced with loud laudation a few years or centuries before. -RWE

    by Gravedugger on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 10:19:39 AM PDT

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    •  I have been driving the extra ten miles to (8+ / 0-)

      the closest Central Market for the past 3 months.  I pass 2 Whole foods and 4 walmart supercenters on my way.

    •  Central Market is cheaper... (0+ / 0-)

      but I don't think Whole Foods is going anywhere. They've got that huge place right downtown next to all the new yuppie condos. Whole Foods will always be a place for eco-conscious rich people to spend lots of money while secretly acknowledging they're not settling for the "middle class" alternative. The CEO knows this, and I think it's silly to demonize him for understanding and acting on a sound business model.

    •  I like Central Market, (2+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh, Texas B

      though their scanners overcharge me for something on almost every trip.  When I complain (usually only if it's more than a buck), the customer service person gives me a look that says: "what kind of a classless, down-market douchebag would argue over a $2 overcharge?"  

      Can't beat the selection, though.  And it's not as though we have Whole Foods in Fort Worth anyhow.

      Lou Dobbs makes me puke tears of blood (and not the good kind).

      by cardinal on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 01:07:44 PM PDT

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      •  I live in Arlington (2+ / 0-)
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        and I attend TCU. I just make my shopping trip to Central Market after class. For some reason Whole Foods just never rubbed me the right way. After reading this diary, I feel totally vindicated.

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