Hating on Wegmans

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Tim Braun
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by Tim Braun

I’m sure I will get hate mail from some of you on this one – but Edward R. Murrow didn’t get famous by playing it safe.  Of course, he had a war to report on which helped, but sometimes you have to go out on a limb to get the truth out there – and the truth as always will set you free.  The honest truth is that I hate Wegmans.  I hate everything about it and will not be assuaged from my opinion.  And as an aside for those wordsmiths out there – I not only spelled ‘assuaged’ right the first time BUT EVEN USED IT PROPERLY!

I hate Wegmans from the tip of its little ‘Asian Wokery’ (doesn’t that sound like someplace that Japanese parents would put their kids to sleep?) to the first aisle of their abnormally pretentious organic food section.

I hate Wegmans from the mozzarella/tomato trough of their ‘Mediterranean Olive Bar’ to the bottle of $500 champagne on the abnormally pretentious wine aisle “Ye Olde Wine Shoppe”.

I hate Weglittle_cartmans from their ridiculous looking ‘small grocery carts’ that feel like you’re wheeling a vacuum cleaner around to their ridiculous looking ‘large grocery carts’ that can house a small family comfortably on their abnormally pretentious and protruding bottom rack.  This thing can take out an ankle in a heartbeat.  Did they really find some need to just not provide a standard shopping cart?  Everyone else in the world can do it.

I hate Wegmans from their overpriced sushi bar – “Ye Olde Rawish Fishish” with its pretentious customers to their bell-ringing, crab-cake-selling crab jerk that sells $5 crab cakes for $20.

I had to go in to Wegmans the other day to do some shopping.  I had to get Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes.  I searched for Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes for 15 minutes.  It’s not that I just couldn’t find the stupid things, it’s that you have to walk a mile to PROVE you can’t find the stupid things.  Twelve stupid times fighting the crowds and fighting the pretentiousness off with a knife.  I had to go through the aforementioned Mediterranean Olive Bar section, then the Cheese section (which I’m sure had some annoyingly pretentious name on it but I was too annoyed to notice), then the Gluten-Free section, then the Organic section, then the bread section, then the vitamin section.  Not to mention the mushroom section.  Really?  There has to be a section for mushrooms just to highlight their $1000 truffles?

Of course this was all after I had to wade through the hordes of lemmings eating at the extremely pretentious ‘Raw Bar’ section.  Although I’m not sure of the ‘cutesy’ name of this, I’m SURE it had ‘Captain’ somewhere in the title.  I would bet there was a reference to New England as well.  So let’s call it the “Ye Olde Captain Gloucester Raw Bar”.  That’s about how much thought went in to it.

To be fair, I could probably forgive a lot of that if I could have just found the stupid Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes.  But that was not to happen, because I’m sure they were all hiding and whatnot in the unfound ‘Ye Olde Snacks That Are Kind of Good For You’ section.  But I know I’m not on an island here… just doing a quick Google search on ‘I hate Wegmans’ and yes, there is a Facebook page (admittedly with only 45 people fellow haters) dedicated to it.

I’m also a little jaded because my lovely daughter worked there for a year or so.  She hated it too and was as happy ol’ Blue layin’ on the porch chewin’ on a big ol’ catfish head.  She told me this story once of the managers leaving her to fight the ‘Tortilla Lady’ all by herself.  This lady would purposefully go back to the tortilla section (let’s call it ‘Ye Olde Casa de Tortilla’ – because I’m sure Wegmans did) and dump all of the tortillas into her basket that had an old expiration date.  And there were lots.  She would then wheel this cart up to the checkout (instead of just letting a manager know) and ask the cashier what THEY were going to do about it.   The managers just crowded into their little Wegmans-Manager-cubicles and let her fight it out.

I know there are some people who live for the fine selection at Wegmans, but I’m not one of them.  If I can’t find a stupid Apple Cinnamon Rice Cake then I’d rather just take my business to ‘Ye Olde Mart of Wall’.  I know right where things are PLUS I can shop for the latest hunting fashions at the same time.  While checking out the great selection of gardening equipment.  And golf balls.  And TVs.  Variety, that’s what we need.

Stay tuned for my next rant against the evil empire known collectively as ‘Costco’.  They’re second-highest on my list.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mr Braun. While we definitely share the same taste (many times) in music, I cannt agree with u on this one. I heart wegmans and can find anything there I need. Their milk prices (among other things) keep me going back. And…..where else can you shop n sing to REM or John Mayer at the same time ???



  2. Anonymous says:

    Best blog yet! You hit the nail right on the head with what is wrong with Wegmans. I want to buy groceries at a grocery store not eat at some over priced crappy restaurant. I want to go in get my groceries & get out as soon as possible.
    You sir, are the best blogger I have ever read.


  3. Cat Guthrie says:

    I’m currently in the process of suing wegmans for harassment. Send me an email if you want to hear what happened. The story ends with them sending four Monroe county sheriffs to my house.


  4. paul mooney says:

    i am suing wegmans also


  5. paul mooney says:

    please help me


  6. Scarlet says:

    I will say this: I love their convenience section right in front of the store when you walk in. The self checkout is right in front of the convenience section so I get get in and out in three minutes – yes I timed myself once because I was just so bored.

    If you don’t know what the convenience section is: It’s a refrigerated like section where you typically find pudding, yogurt, lunch meat, and cheese, but in it is milk, eggs, bread, yogurt, and other daily items like that.


    • Here’s my problem with the convenience section. If you’re only going out to get those items – why don’t you go to the local 7-Eleven where you can park 5 feet from the door? So you’re going to park in the parking lot with the million other people, fight the cashier lines and then fight to get OUT of the parking lot? That’s not my idea of convenience 🙂

      A sincere thanks for reading and commenting – it is MUCH appreciated, even if we don’t share the same view on this Metropolis.


  7. Anonymous says:

    That’s why Wegmans just won the #1 grocery chain once again. My son is a chef their, my cousin has worked their for 30 years and another cousin got a scholarship at St . John Fisher. If you are more than a cashier or stock boy, they are a “family” that takes care of their employees. They bring amazing events to a Rochester and donate millions to local charities. You are an idiot.


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  9. Anonymous2 says:

    Tim, I was on google and typed in “I despise Wegmans” and it brought me to your blog! I hate the store, and agree with almost everything you said, however some of my reasons for hating the place certainly are not the managements fault. Here in Manalapan, NJ the store seems to attract some of the most obnoxious, jaded, pretentious bastards that ever walked the face of the earth all packed into one place. The parking lot is an absolute nightmare. Entering the store, you are practically run over by the exiting shoppers, due to the design of the store. Most of them have a look of total disgust on their faces & would sooner run you over than show any courtesy. The tension level is so thick among much of the clientele, you can “cut it with a knife.” If you want to maintain your sanity, stay away from this place on a Saturday. I can’t think of a worse way to ruin half your weekend. I can’t tell you how many times, I would start my day in a good mood, and by the time I was done shopping, I wished I had never set foot in the place. I will admit they have an excellent pharmacy, with a great staff, and that is the only reason I ever enter the store anymore.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    1st off I’d like to give you some synonyms for the word pretentious since you use it repeatedly in a short time: Synonyms: affected, arty, assuming, aureate, big*, bombastic, chichi*, conspicuous, euphuistic, exaggerated, extravagant, feigned, flamboyant, flashy, flaunting, flowery, gaudy, grandiloquent, grandiose, high-flown, high-sounding, highfaluting, hollow, imposing, inflated, jazzy, la-di-da, lofty, magniloquent, mincing, ornate, ostentatious, overambitious, overblown, pompous, puffed up, put-on, rhetorical, showy, specious, splashy, stilted, swank, too-too, tumid, turgid, utopian, vainglorious

    2nd this would sound much better if you were reading it out loud. That way we the “readers” would be able to literally hear your tone and inflection versus guessing it.

    3rd there is a Wegmans app and according to mine Apple Cinamon Rice Cakes are in aisle 7b.

    Good luck on your future endeavors.

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    • Thank you so much for your kind comments and for reading the blog. Your great suggestions for improvements to my writing style are duly noted and will be a subject of a future missive to be penned by yours truly.


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