Regarding Wegman’s–yes they are terrific. However, I think that there is a misconception regarding pricing at that chain.
In the last year, Wegman’s had instituted a new low-price policy, and I have found that they are definitely competitive with, and frequently cheaper than, Shop-Rite–the generally acknowledged value-leader in NJ/NY/PA. I have found that some items (Stonyfield yogurt comes to mind) are consistently about 10 cents cheaper at Wegman’s.
Wegman’s is also cheaper than A & P, Stop & Shop and Pathmark–the other dominant chains in this area. So–for nationally branded, commodity-type groceries, you may be suprised to find out how good the prices at Wegman’s really are.
Now, of course, there are many premium-priced gourmet items at Wegman’s, and you will pay a pretty penny for those goods. I try to buy my fish at Wegman’s because it is so fresh–although you do pay a premium for that quality. Their produce, which is superior to most chains, is definitely competitive in price.
My other favorite chains include Whole Foods (their produce, while usually very pricey, is so beautifully displayed that it looks like an oil-painted still-life). However, I have found the fish at Whole Foods to be very tired looking, and the meat is astronomically priced. I usually just go there for produce, some specialty baked goods, and some specialty organic products.
King’s, a smallish chain in NJ, used to be my favorite until Wegman’s & Whole Foods came to this area. While King’s is still good, ever since they were bought out by Marks & Spencer (of the UK), they have not been as good as previously. And, ever since M & S has made it known that they are now trying to unburden themselves of King’s, it has fallen a bit further. This is particularly sad for me, since I used to be a member of their Consumer Affairs Panel, back in the days of their very high standards. But still, King’s is better than most of the bigger chains.