So I didn’t grow up with Wegmans, and seem to be missing out in the fanatical enthusiasm for the store that most people participate in. I went once to a location in Syracuse, while in the area for a work conference, and was less than impressed. It was slightly confusing, seemed expensive, and the aisles were narrow.
While reporting my feedback to Mister after this visit (which was about two years ago), I was told that the particular location wasn’t the best representation of the supermarkets as a whole, and that I wasn’t really shopping for groceries so my opinion shouldn’t be fully formed.
This morning, between work appointments in New Jersey, I happened to notice a Wegmans just across the road and felt it was time to give the store another chance.
Okay, I’ll admit I kind of understand it now.
After living in Albany for about ten years, I was totally on the supermarket fanatic bandwagon. People up there love their supermarkets. Trader Joes for prepared foods and snacks, Hannaford for meat, ShopRite or Price Chopper for sales. Everyone has their favorites, their reasons, their experiences. But we didn’t have a Wegmans, so it became the magical unicorn of folktales (just like Trader Joes was before opening in the area). Having since relocated to Westchester, I realized that not everyone is into supermarkets in the same way. Its fascinating that getting excited about where you buy your food is regional in such a way, but maybe that’s because the supermarkets of northern and western NY are just that much better.
Anyway, back on to my visit to Wegmans today.
For $30 I got: 2 bottles of storebrand seltzer, 1 bottle of storebrand pineapple flavored water, 1 prepared lunch from the cafe area, 1 container of mixed berries, 1 family sized bag of Snyders pretzels, 2 lemon squares from the bakery, 2 protein bars, 1 chia/fruit snack pack thing. I’m pretty happy with the price and quality of what I got, but the true test was lunch.
I packed everything up in the cooler bag I keep in my trunk (doesn’t everyone do this?), drove an hour back to the office, and then microwaved the prepared lunch about 2 hours later (it was refrigerated in the meantime).
$7.00 / 580 calories.
The grilled chicken wasn’t dry (even after the microwave), the kale was super light and not soggy or over cooked, and the grilled veggies had some crunch. There was so much flavor, and the sauce that was packaged separately was genius; I love that it wasn’t left to get all lumpy or soggy, but instead stored in its own little container.
okay, so maybe I finally get why people like Wegmans. It was a pretty pleasant experience and their prepared foods are definitely on point.