“Wegmans Is God”: Why People Are So Obsessed with Wegmans

Photo by Flickr user Erica

Photo by Flickr user Erica

Earlier this week, after learning that Wegmans was named the best supermarket chain in the country for customer satisfaction, I dared to ask the question: Why are people so obsessed with Wegmans? The post received over 170 Facebook comments, proving that was, in fact, a totally valid question. Some of the comments were angry (One read something like “This chick doesn’t like Wegmans. Get ‘er, Interwebs.” Really, guys?), a few agreed with my confusion concerning the Wegmans obsession, but most of the comments were in support of Wegmans. There were many, many paragraph-long comments of support, defending Wegmans heaven-on-Earth status, my favorite of which started with this line: “Wegmans is God in our family.” Really.

And before you all-caps comment on this post, screaming at me for not getting the hype, let it be known: I am not alone. So, why are people so obsessed with Wegmans? Below, the reasons behind the obsession, as explained by Philly Mag readers. Read more »

Why Are People So Obsessed with Wegmans? 

Photo by Flickr user Amy Dreher

Photo by Flickr user Amy Dreher

One Sunday this past summer, I took my first-ever trip to a Wegmans. The Wegmans in Cherry Hill, to be exact. After years of hearing grocery-shopping tales that likened the supermarket to heaven on Earth, I was pretty much expecting to have my own personal butler follow me around the store, hand-feeding me cheese samples whenever I opened my mouth.

Let’s just say, my shopping trip did not live up to the hype. And it’s not to say that it was a bad grocery shopping trip — it just wasn’t as sparkly and spectacular as a decade of stories had convinced me it would be. It was just a supermarket. A really big supermarket, fluorescent lighting and all. Read more »

Why Does Going To The Supermarket Still Suck?

(Robert Kneschke/Shutterstock)

(Robert Kneschke/Shutterstock)

The announced bankruptcy of A&P doesn’t surprise me. I’ve watched the supermarket chain decline over the years and I’m sorry for the 28,000 employees who are the victims of its poor management in the face of much better run stores like Wegmans. But, as great as Wegmans is, it still sucks doing the food shopping, doesn’t it? As a business owner, I can’t help but see many inefficiencies and places for improvement. Every time I shop, the same questions keep popping up in my mind. For example… Read more »

La Colombe’s Plan to Destroy Starbucks: A Canned Latte Worth Drinking

Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

If you stopped by La Colombe‘s flagship location in Fishtown this weekend, you were likely offered a sample of its latest creation: The draft latte — a coffee and milk combo poured from a keg that has a semi-sweet taste and a slight milkshake-like texture. The best part is that there’s no ice diluting the drink and screwing up the taste.

But that bit of frothy good news is just the beginning. The company plans to start producing cans of the draft latte to sell in stores across the country. CEO Todd Carmichael thinks it’s a product that can seriously disrupt a market dominated by Starbucks and its bottled Frappuccino. Read more »

Wegmans Hiring Hundreds, But Good Luck Getting A Job

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Photo via Flickr

Attention Wegmans shoppers: For its new store in Concordville, Pa., the popular supermarket is hiring 325 part-time positions. But with so many applicants, getting hired at the 111,000 square foot facility in the Brandywine Mills shopping center will be quite an accomplishment.

When its Montgomeryville, Pa., store opened in 2013, 10,000 people applied for 525 jobs. That’s a approximately a 5 percent acceptance rate, less than many Ivy League colleges. (Yale is 6.3 percent; Princeton is 7.4 percent.) Read more »

Last Genuardi’s Supermarket to Close

Goodbye Genuardi's.

Goodbye Genuardi’s.

The end of a supermarket era has arrived.

Before Whole Foods became a household name, before Wegmans became a force and before Giant stores sprouted up everywhere — Genuardi’s had a reputation for being the family-owned, veggie-focused option that healthy people turned to.

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Wegmans Recalls Frozen Spinach Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

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Shutterstock

Well, this really puts a damper on National Spinach Day (it’s tomorrow, people!): Wegmans, grocery store and sample heaven, has recalled a whopping 12,540 packages of frozen spinach, sold in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts between January 27th and March 21st, due to possible Listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports.  Read more »

Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver Is Hosting a Beer Dinner at Wegmans

LehighValleyBeerWeekWe’ll file this one under Unexpectedly Cool Event at a Supermarket. Brooklyn Brewing’s brewmaster,Garrett Oliver is coming to the Wegmans in Allentown to do a beer dinner on Tuesday, February 17th. The dinner is happening during Lehigh Valley Beer Week (which runs February 15th to 22nd). The dinner will feature Oliver and Wegmans Allentown’s executive chef, Geno Nosenzo. The $75 per person, seven-course dinner will kick off with a Bourbon washed Pie d’Angloys cheese from Wegmans cheese caves and will then feature foie gras, scallops, dry-aged steak and more.

Tickets for the dinner, which includes a Brooklyn Brewing beer with each course, are on sale at Wegmans That’s The Ticket ticket desk or by calling 610-336-7960.

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Wegmans, Trader Joe’s Pull Fruit Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Shutterstock

A California company has recalled peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. While no one as of yet has been reported ill, the company, Wawona, says in a statement that it shut down and sanitized its processing facility when a sample tested positive for the bacteria, which can cause flu-like symptoms; they are using other facilities to maintain normal operations while the problem is being dealt with.

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