Travelmad – Up until now, I’ve only shopped at one other Wegmans and that’s the one in Downingtown. My expectation was that the Glen Mills store would be at least as good, and maybe better. Admittedly, I haven’t been to the D’town store for a couple of months, so maybe there have been changes there beyond those I observed during my last visit.
So this past Friday I went to the new store to shop for a Hanukkah brunch I was hosting on Saturday. I should mention that the D’town store has a good size Kosher counter where they slice lox and kosher deli meats, and carry a nice assortment of smoked fish and accompaniments. At the Glen Mills store there’s one small (very small) case with a small assortment of packaged whitefish salad, cream cheeses, herring – you get the idea. So on the spot I phoned my daughter who lives in the East Village and gave her a shopping list. Fortunately for me (and my guests) she was able to get to Russ and Daughters for fish salads and smoked fish, to Bantam Bagles for some really delicious stuffed “bagle bites,” and to Kossars for bialys.
Now, just to clarify, in no way was I expecting a NYC-style selection at Wegmans, but what they did have was so disappointing I just didn’t even want to shop from that department.
That said, the produce department was very nice; they made good on the moldy box of clementines I had bought there the week before, and I found a nice selection of Amaryllis growing kits to gift to a couple of people. And whatever the shortcomings of the store, it’s still far better than any Acme I’ve ever been to.
Next time I need to go on a Wegmans-type shopping trip, I’m going to go back to the Downingtown store, just to compare