Whole Foods Market

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Oleander
11/28/2008

I have bought and thrown out two products under the Whole Foods 365 brand. These products are worse than the lowest level of regular supermarket products. One was the soy milk. It contains fillers and coagulants, so you can't make a chai with it. Soy milk only needs soy and water. The other is their 365 cranberry sauce: just disgusting. We normally make our own but we thought theirs would do. We would have been better off buying the cheapest commercial jelly. Their brand was too sweet and the cranberries were mush: neither fruit nor jelly. I object to a store using their organic brand name to sell inferior product that would never move off a supermarket shelf. Shame on Whole Foods!

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portlandeconom y
11/08/2008

Here's what I had to say about Whole Foods on a recent blog post: "What they sell: High quality, nutritional, organic, and local foods. Many items are free of artificial coloring, preservatives, flavors, and sweeteners. Many are also free of hydrogenated fats. The Pros: Whole Foods is a place where you can choose from a large variety of healthy, environmentally-friendly, or local foods. There is also a wide variety of foods for those with special dietary needs or who are just looking for something that can't be found in your average grocery store. The plus for the economy, although Whole Foods is based in Texas, is that the company supports local farmers, putting a good portion of your dollar directly back into the local economy. Whole Foods also participates in some sustainable practices and free trade programs. The Cons: Whole Foods is a publicly traded company based outside of our local economy. It is unclear exactly what portion of their expenses can be attributed to transportation. Some items at the store can be quite costly, but there are plenty of inexpensive items as well." Read more on my blog: portlandeconomy.blogspot.com

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Chalky Studebaker
10/06/2008

god...people who shop here for the most part are such yuppies. it really takes away for me but they have good stuff nontheless--just over-priced..

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cpj
06/25/2008

This store is great (except the prices). Lots of organic choices and tremendous quality!!

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Automatt
05/21/2008

Clean stores, good customer service, and high quality foods make shopping at Whole Foods a far better experience than the local Safeway.  There's a great selection of organic and locally sourced products as well as a terrific seafood and meat department.  The only downside is that it can be a bit more expensive and they don't carry some major brands (such as Coca-Cola).

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Robert57
03/22/2008

They used to honestly try to sell better groceries. Then they found out there's more profit in pandering to yuppies. Now, some products are on the shelf solely because of high gross margin. Do everyone a favor by voting with your wallet.

Their private label products are still good quality and value, unlike most mainstream chains (except Safeway). Their only competition at the high end are individual stores (not chains) in some major cities, for example Eurofresh in Chicago, and maybe Wegman's.  If your city doesn't have such a store, you must choose between high prices and corporate mediocrity.

There is a simple way to assess grocery stores: the Babe Index. Good looking hot women have a genetic instinct for good food. If a high percentage of customers are Babes, the store is a winner. The Whole Foods stores I've visited score high on that scale.

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gleongelpi
01/27/2008

Magnificent. The freshest best tasting foods in the whole market. The produce is great. And you can eat there. Their cafeteria is just fabulous, and cheap! Otherwise their food is slightly more expensive, but to me it is worth it. Their brands are not the standard fare, but they are better by far.  Considering what you get, you get a lot of bang for your dollar.  In another vein, all of the stores I have visited are nearly always packed with people, so, why should they lower their prices? There is a relationship between price and quality. If you cannot afford it, that doesn't make the place worst.

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zuchinibut
01/04/2008

Whole Foods would get a 5 from me in terms of quality and diversity of selection. It truly offers a great product to its customers. However, it isn't a supermarket for everybody. It is very expensive, and I'm not at a point in my life where I can afford to shop there, even occassionally. Would I shop here if money wasn't an issue, yes. But that isn't the case, and Whole Foods isn't a good option because of it.

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K12
12/12/2007

I hate this store, it is so fucking expensive, on my birthday I decided to treat myself to a few things, so I went to Whole Foods and even then I resisted when I saw the prices, I went to the salad bar which I normally avoid because it is to expensive and got a little of the Vegan Potato Salad, I thought I only got about $2 worth as I got like 1 spoon full and I get to the register and it came out to $3.97 Anyway the next day I was gonna eat it and as soon as I opened it it smelled funny, and sure enough it tasted spoiled, I dont even know how you can spoil Vegan Potato Salad, I was ready to go back there and demand my money back but it probably would have cost $4 in gas alone Anyway I am never going back there, they do have alot of good food and good selection but for those prices it is ridiculous, I got this VegeUSA Chicken Strips which was pretty good, but for $4.99 and considering it was made in Taiwan, I dont think I'll be getting that again The creator of Whole Foods obviously didnt have getting healthy food to people when he created this store, instead he probably figured how can I exploit this health food craze I also recently found out Whole Foods bought out Wild Oats which sucks, I use to shop at Wild Oats all the time and they always had good prices and I'd stock up on things when they went on sale, now I hope they dont turn into another Whole Foods Someone needs to open up a good Vegetarian/Vegan friendly food store whos main focus isnt milking as much money as possible

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BradleyLuvAnal
12/11/2007

Whole Foods Market does not justify their prices and they are not very friendly either. whole foods is just a shitty store. i work there and they overwork and underpay you. the supervisors are very inconsiderate to their employees. they dont care for your opinions and if you try to state your point, you get in trouble for it. they have pointless meetings, just to get you up in the morning for a whole bunch of shit. this store is not as great as it seems!!

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fb551135296
10/26/2007

The Indian food is incredible and the people are always helpful and friendly without being overbearing. How can you possibly withhold 5 stars from a place that lets you make your own fresh peanut butter in a peanut grinder?

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USADude
09/11/2007

A fun experince, but an expensive one!

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SweetDee
02/19/2007

I was shopping there one time and a lady asked me what the difference was between organic garlic and "regular" garlic, and I responded, "About eight bucks." Yes, this is one expensive store, and I only shop there about once every two weeks, usually on payday, which is why I like to call the store "Whole Paycheck."

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Estefsara
02/19/2007

Yes, expensive but I rather pay more for good organic food to feed my family and save in, let's say, medicine that I may need down the road if I keep buying foods sprayed with all kinds of chemicals.

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Arora on 3/7/2007
Whole Foods carries a great deal of food that is not Organic. Their baked goods, prepared foods deli and much of their salad bar is not organic, which means their could be sprays used whenever something is conventionally grown. This is a gray area to many people. Don't be fooled thinking that whatever you buy at WF is organic. I believe their message is hypocritical and based on the greed o the board of directors!
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stinkypete
02/18/2007

Good store but expensive

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Jason7836
12/04/2006

The Rebirth Of Sugar. Just Read Some Of The Labels, Ingredient Lists Are Short, No Science Lab Concoctions, Pure Organic Grocery Store.

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CanadaSucks
06/16/2006

My wife and I love the place- but I sure would like to not take out a second mortgage for the privilidge (sp?) of shopping there. . .

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chickgirl
06/15/2006

My absolute favorite market. Going there is an experience in itself. Great quality organic foods and products. Everything you might be looking for and much healthier. It's clean and their serve is great. They'll let you sample food at the food bar if you ask:) So goood!!! They rank super high on my list:) I love WHOLE FOODS MARKET!!!!!

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Arora on 3/7/2007
None of the food in the deli section is usually organic....Don't be fooled by this corporate giant. They care only about 25 % organics they are taking advantage of the consumer who is making them rich
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minkey
05/31/2006

Whole foods is a bit stuffy and pricey. You can find all types of organic foods. Perfect if you want to save the Earth.

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ArtificialGrap e
05/30/2006

They have the largest selection of milk/egg alternatives, the largest selection of eco-friendly products, and a reasonable selection of organic foods.
It's great, but too expensive for me.

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doobiesNhof
05/10/2006

Pricey but high quality. Not an everyday shop type of store but great for organic foods, wines and fresh seafood and meats.

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frogger20190
05/10/2006

Picture this: A grocery store that has to employ a TRAFFIC DIRECTOR in its parking lot because the store is so popular and crowded (the Arlington, VA location). I avoid the store if I drive, but stop in if I'm walking.
You can kill an hour here just browsing and tasting their various food samples. But I would never do my regular shopping here--unless I need fresh fish or meat for a BBQ.

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caphillsea77
01/27/2006

Pricey but without a doubt the best quality of any grcoery chain. Best looking produce, excellent meat and fish selection and the best selection of organic food.

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divo15
01/04/2006

The only store that I actually enjoy shopping in. They have by far the best selection of organic foods.

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I've only shopped here a couple of times. The stores are clean and inviting. Customer service is high. Produce is above average quality. However the prices are very high.

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Golden Bear
03/02/2005

Whole Foods seems to have created an entirely new niche: upscale organic. I thought organic food markets were supposed to be cheaper and grungier? It's interesting to browse the aisles here and see stuff you wouldn't find in a typical organic market, like expensive wines and French cheeses. Still, I give them bonus points for having incredibly inviting stores.

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monsterhippy
12/12/2004

Whole Foods Market is very unfair to their employees they are under paid and over worked. What I think is very disturbing is the mental stress and controling that they do. They will fire you for being sick , they call it finals. They fire people who have children to support. They only care about the profits they make. Please do not shop there. They are control freaks and do not believe in family values. I do know this first hand I used to work there and they did not want to let me off work when my father was in the hospital dying of cancer. I went to see him he died several hours later and I was fired the next day.

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chipster
11/04/2003

They are good looking stores, but honest to god, the prices are unjustifiable. Go for the soft muted earth tones, and to pick up pretentious young women who are impressed by a $200 bag of food. For good food, friendlier service and great prices, head to Trader Joe's...

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paige276
10/30/2003

We bought the all natural butternut squash soup with the whole foods label. Butternut squash soup is my favorite soup and I was looking forward to it. My husband and I sat down to eat it and it was incredibly awful! It was as sweet as a donut!!!! We had to throw it out. Butternut squash soup is not as sweet as donuts. So my question is why would a whole foods natural store put so much sugar in their products? If you try to make chili with can beans and they were so sweet it was ridiculus. There is no reason to put so much sugar in anything. I can see it in maybe jam or a donut... but beans? and soup? unless its chilled fruit soup, there is no cause for it.

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Rowdie
10/10/2003

a little bit too expensive but they carry great breads

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conscious consumer
06/16/2003

Whole Foods is a disgusting anti-union craphole which not only pays its workers terrible wages, they are unfair and arbitrary in their raises and promotions. Policies are changed weekly. Workers have no voice, no power, and if they express a desire to see things a little different, they are told to leave. I know that is the same b.s. that every other employer offers, but Whole Fools claims to be different, they say they are "people driven." In fact, workers at the store in Madison, Wisconsin organized a union, and the suits at Whole Foods fought it as hard as they could, making up bogus objections to the outcome of the election. After a hearing the objections were dismissed and the union election victory made official, Whole Foods now refuses to negotiate a contract. In fact, I urge you to boycott Whole Foods and tell everyone you know not to shop at Whole Foods until they show their workers respect and dignity by negotiating a contract with them.

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backer2
01/19/2003

Good food and service. A tad bit pricey.

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morgan130
12/13/2002

I enjoy the convenience, cleanliness, freshness and friendly staff. I call it "Whole Paycheck" because it is quite expensive in comparison to other local stores. I consider WFM more of a specialty store. I would love to see a “price accuracy” guarantee for price errors as the store regularly makes errors from it's posted and advertised prices. Staff responsiveness is uneven when there is a problem.

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Galomorro
01/15/2002

This is the most wonderful market in the world. How I ever got along with out it years ago, I can't imagine. Where to begin? Well, with the people that work there. Most of them are much more friendly and helpful than workers at other markets. The people are energetic and knowledgeable when you ask about something. They go out of their way to help you find items. The butcher area is incredible. They have the best fresh meat and if the cut you want is not already available, if they have it they'll go and cut it up for you. There are much more healthful and hard-to-find grocery items that nobody else has. For example, there is a great selection of canned natural broths I've never seen at other markets, no-salt added, MSG-free, which I can't see getting along without now that I've become used to it. They're always getting new items in. There are customer service people in the front of the store where you can take your empty milk bottles in for a refund, or whatever other help you need. There is a good selection of mainly health-related magazines for sale; plus a big takeout deli; a bakery; a supplements area; coffee that you grind yourself; lots of good-looking produce; for holidays like Xmas and Thanksgiving, people can order fresh turkeys to be picked up later; pay phones INSIDE the store; restrooms that customers may use -- what have I left out? Oh, and the LINES are as short as they could possibly be in a market this big and this popular. Since so many people like this market, there are often many people walking around in the store; but when you get to the checkout area it's surprising how fast the lines always go. They try to make sure to have enough checkout lines open so customers don't have to stand and wait so long. Some of their items may be more expensive than at other places, i.e., some produce; however, OTHER things are definitely less than at other markets -- especially their dairy products. At the market down the street, the half-and-half is nearly a dollar more than at Whole Foods; their eggs and butter are cheaper than I've seen at other stores. Especially good is their own store brand -- and they have a lot of products with this brand, "365," that are cheaper than other brands and than other stores offer, but are still high-quality, like their olive oil, for example. Whole Foods, you're one of the best things that has ever happened to my city....

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agingpeacock
07/08/2001

I loathe grocery shopping! However, when I visit Whole Foods/Fresh Fields Market I love it! Staffs always super friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Even when busy, I feel customers as well as staff radiate a positive attitude and energy. Plenty of hugging going on! This market is a virtual think tank of good for you ideas and concepts. And, at least at the store in my town, a gathering place for some of the healthiest, fittest, hottest and friendliest young women! I wish their prices were lower. However, it seems, that to be healthy exacts premium prices. But, it’s worth it!

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Shroomwoman
06/07/2001

I never thought I'd use the word "spectacular" to describe a grocery store, but it definitely fits here. Whole Foods combines the best of everything in one huge store, making it very convenient but completely overwhelming at first. You'll find that the meat, seafood, bakery and cheese sections rival stores you typically find in big urban centers. The produce section resembles a work of art, with the most creative, appealing displays of fruits and vegetables I've ever seen. Then there's the amazing selection. On my first trip, I left without buying anything because I couldn't make any decisions. I suggest that you start small, perhaps visiting two or three sections, on your first trip. I expected the prices to be steep, but they really weren't overall. (If you're a real foodie, though, you could get yourself into some serious trouble!) The house brand is excellent- I recommend the pasta sauces and the salad dressings. I've shopped at lots of grocery stores, and nothing compares to Whole Foods.

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