Wegman's (North Raleigh)

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  1. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

    Went by the new Wegmans (at Wake Forest Rd & Beltline) . The one where 3000 people waited in line for its opening on 1st day, and 30,000 people went thru on 1st day.


    Its a nice grocery store. Looks like a nice bakery, pre made food section, hamburger place. It is still just a nice grocery store, cant see the fuss.
  2. Hught

    Hught Well-Known Member

    I imagine it just because the store brings back memories from where they used to live
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  3. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    I’ve been to Wegman’s twice since it opened, and by the excitement of the loyal customers that I saw there, taking pictures and what not, and seemingly about to pee their pants, you’d think that the actual Queen of England had just arrived in a hot-air balloon. It’s a snazzy, new store, for sure, but HUGE, ridiculously CROWDED, and overpriced. There are some deals to be had there like milk for $1.74/gallon, and eggs for 58 cents/dozen, but other than that, it reminded me of the typical, fancy, overpriced, urban grocery stores that you would normally find in much large cities. I really can’t see what all the fuss is about either. It looks and feels like just another “Whole Paycheck”, but on steroids.
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  4. JenniferK

    JenniferK Well-Known Member

    I've been twice since they opened. Honestly, I wish it was closer. It wouldn't be my every week store like Food Lion, but I've snagged some great deals. $2.99 lb for 90% Lean ground beef, seedless grapes for .99 lb, the milk and eggs, asparagus for 1.99 a bundle, etc.
    Yes, some of it is overpriced and fancy, but it's definitely not as expensive as Whole Foods.
  5. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    The prices that you are referring to are what is known in the industry as “loss leaders” - certain items that are priced very low in order to bring in shoppers. I was told by Wegman’s staff that the prices for milk ($1.74 per gallon) and eggs ($0.58 per dozen) would remain the permanent prices for these items. Wegman’s also has weekly deals, but generally most people do not buy just the loss leaders, or the weekly specials, but will purchase other much more expensive items, of which there are too many! I find the store to be cleverly designed to encourage impulse shopping in the form of prepared (and way overpriced) foods, which seems to be the trend these days. But neither Wegman’s or Whole Foods is anything to write home about, unless a thrifty shopper can exercise a little willpower and stick to the loss leaders. For price comparisons, here is a chart from Business Insider comparing Wegman’s to other popular grocery stores:

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  6. BobF

    BobF Well-Known Member

    Does anyone really need easy access to an in-store pub while shopping for groceries?

    I mean...really?
  7. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    It’s not so much about “need”. The retail grocery wars are so competitive these days, with stores vying for shoppers, that they’ll do just about anything to differentiate their brand, in order to attract the attention - and dollars - of shoppers.
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  8. Auxie

    Auxie Well-Known Member

    All of these stores are so far away that you don't save because you used so much gasoline to get there. Try Charley Cs or Aldi for the best prices and freshest produce.
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  9. Hught

    Hught Well-Known Member

    And that supports local employment
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  10. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    Not to mention what a royal P.I.T.A. it is to go into Raleigh these days with all the road construction, city traffic, and crowds. I can’t wait for the day when they start delivering things by drone!
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  11. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member

    VIDEO: UPS delivery drone flight in Raleigh at WakeMed
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  12. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    Thanks, gonna get my drone landing pad ready! Lol
  13. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    Speaking of drone landing pads, this design seems to be the standard out there.....but ORANGE? That’ll have to go waaaaay in the back yard!

    Last edited: Oct 18, 2019 at 3:54 PM
  14. ddrdan

    ddrdan Well-Known Member

    UAV delivery is a long way off. They haven't solved the battery weight to flight time ratio yet. If you live more than 10 minutes away it can't do it.

    It would take three very large 6 rotor UAV's landing and exchanging a max 10 pound cargo to get from wegmans to 40/42 and then return. They'd have to have exchange landing points in 20 min flight times all over the area.

    The cost for delivery would be 10 times more than the groceries. And the skys would be full of UAV's.

    You'll have to wait for flying cars. Maybe then Dominos will extend their delivery range?:)
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