Yes, their sandwiches are very good, but half the size (or less) for the same price represents a HUGE price increase. Somehow, I doubt that portion sizes can be controlled by local management, and I assume that this has come down from corporate management in Rochester, NY. So, while the poor-quality produce may well reflect poor local management, I don’t think that the portion size/value issue regarding the sandwiches is local in nature.
I agree that their quality tends to be very good overall, but I am commenting on what amounts to perhaps a 100% price increase for lunch, ounce-for-ounce, and I find that to be offensive and sneaky on their part, rather than just raising the price. Now, for lunch, I can eat at Whole Foods for less money, and get even higher quality food in the bargain. In fact, last year, I had to stop eating the soup at Wegman’s because of the astronomical sodium levels. The Italian Wedding Soup had enough salt in it to melt the ice in my driveway last winter! If you think that the soup at Wegman’s is fit for a 5-star restaurant, then you have to try the soups at Whole Foods, which are surely the equal of 7-star restaurants. (Note: I know that 7-star restaurants do not exist, but the soups at Whole Foods are so superior to those at Wegman’s that there is almost no comparison.)
I will grant you that Whole Foods’ prices on many grocery items are very high, as is the price of their organic produce. But, then again, Whole Foods also has exceptionally high quality standards. And, since the organic produce (and the conventional stuff) at the Wegman’s in Bridgewater, NJ is often fit for the trash bin, it is just not something that I want to consider, even for a lower price. And, I might add, Whole Foods has bread that is much better than what is baked at Wegman’s–at least at the Wegman’s that I used to shop at.
So, for me, it is Shop-Rite for staple goods, and Whole Foods for produce, bread, fish, organic dairy products, plus…LUNCH!