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Wegmans coming to Cary

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Never been to Wegmans before. How does it differ from other grocery stores like Harris Teeter, Publix, and Whole Foods?

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Biggest thing is size. Average Wegmans is 125,000 SF, comparable to Walmart or Costco. Teeter and Publix are both around 50k. 

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Comparing Wegmans to these other supermarkets in the area is like comparing a Ritz Carlton to a Radisson.

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The biggest differentiator is size. It's honestly a bit overwhelming -- each of the departments (deli, dairy, produce) is larger, the prepared foods area rivals a mall food court, the "natural foods" subsection is itself the size of a Trader Joe's. There's also substantially more floorspace for household goods, like kitchen gadgets. Beyond the mind-numbing selection, prices are competitive, service is pleasant, and quality/freshness are excellent.

One downside of this arrangement is that any one item could be in a few different places on the three-acre floor. It's not really conducive to a quick trip, except for produce or a hot-bar lunch. Their nearest distribution center is in central Pennsylvania, so I could also see how freshness might suffer a tiny bit if Cary remains the last point on their distribution runs.

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Especially since I've never seen it done for actual food deserts. I wonder how they justify this beyond upping their "foodie" cache. 

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