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DarkLamont t1_j14wj4o wrote

Because that's where the actual money is?


kashmir_stg t1_j14yfl1 wrote

The one at Bishops Corner was Wild Oats and then was bought out by Whole Foods.

The BC one doesn’t get AS much business.

Totally unnecessary to have two within a mile of each other.


Prize-Hedgehog t1_j14zm2i wrote

Large concentration of yuppies would be my guess.


Mofiremofire t1_j151n7h wrote

When I lived in FL there were 2 Publix across the street from each other for a similar reason. The Albertsons across the street went out of business and public didn’t want competition moving in. They’re both always busy though since the road is 4 lanes in each direction and a lot of people living around them. They also have slightly different products available at each.

Publix Super Market at Northeast Park Shopping Center (727) 895-1670


General_Traffic_267 t1_j151pdd wrote

Honestly, it is needed. Blue Back was built to small for the area.

Also - the Wild Oats comment is the historical reason. Mine is just why they both still exist. They actually came close to closing BP when Avon opened and the changed their position.


FlightRisk5 t1_j1520xj wrote

Milf kid should ask the cougars this question on his next outing


fastnsx21 t1_j155pl7 wrote

Money laundering of course


wherehaveubeen t1_j155rz9 wrote

They were going to close the north main one when the Avon store opened but I guess they do enough business to sustain both.

I miss the shop rite in town. West Hartford needs a budget supermarket.


DetectiveTrapezoid t1_j1567f4 wrote

Why does the Hartford MSA need four Whole Foods and two Trader Joe’s (soon to be three)? New Haven, Springfield, and Worcester MSAs have one each.


GapingYouSoftly t1_j156v8q wrote

People shop there just to flex I swear. The quality thing is mostly a placebo effect. They choose to think the item is better quality, otherwise it would mean they've been duped.

Reminds me of a "Penn and Teller: Bullshit!" episode where they had two groups of restaurant customers. They fed some people frozen TV dinners elegantly plated and in a fine dining setting, and others fine dining food served on chain restaurant plates and in a more casual setting. Guess which food got the better reviews?


gatogrande t1_j158wyy wrote

BC they both turn a nice profit? Town is able to support 2? Alexa knows


BobbyRobertson t1_j158ysk wrote

They've also lost their luster as a 'nicer' grocery store. Price Choppers' rebranding to Market 32 has their stores looking nicer than Whole Foods. Any store that's been redone in the last decade isn't going to look bad next to a Whole Foods


Sonakstyle t1_j15d3pn wrote

2 wholes makes a full market


bkandwh t1_j15ep16 wrote

Because there’s enough demand to make it profitable?


CaptServo t1_j15g37l wrote

Because that's where the white people live.


RoboticGreg t1_j15gf5j wrote

They were going to close the one in bishops corner when they opened the one in avon, but it kept getting too much business. Seriously though...go check out the one in Avon. Unbelievable


Popular_Bid_3343 t1_j15h4u6 wrote

Meanwhile, over in New London County your options are Stop & Shop, Stop & Shop, Stop & Shop…and a Shoprite that hasn’t been updated since 1983.


rainbowarmpit t1_j15mix7 wrote

Because Stop & Shop is for the poor people


solomons-marbles t1_j15td83 wrote

When they bought Wild Oats, they were required to keep both locations open by regulators. I don’t remember the specifics


kashmir_stg t1_j15v4v8 wrote

Good question!! Maybe no, in my opinion

Whenever I go into the BC one, there isn’t much going on. But the Blueback Square one has racks and fridges for Amazon and on-line orders.

The Avon Whole Foods is really nice and big. But according to my friend that works for WF, the back areas for the staff are tiny and cramped.

Useless info that I have 😂🤣😂


Time_Yam301 t1_j15vs8g wrote

There are actually more upper income nodes in Hartford County vs New Haven County.

The best place for Whole Foods to open up a location next is in New Haven. But, that location based on long standing urban goals is in the lower level of a new construction building. Amazon is probably waiting for the "right" new construction building.

The next location would probably be Cheshire. I don't think anywhere else has adequate highway access to warrant a location.

I actually live in Milford, and our Whole Foods is rather small compared to the numerous ones in Fairfield County.


absurd-bird-turd t1_j1613hi wrote

As someone who is looking tk move from the west hartford area down towards new london i am so disappointed in how underdeveloped the bottom right corner of our state is. Youd think with all the rich towns in the area and vacation/ public beaches and industry that the region would be pretty well developed.


MaddieGrace29 t1_j161l66 wrote

Put one in the north... or new london county... granted that it's only 45 minutes afaik up to the Hadley shop


InuMiroLover t1_j164ylu wrote

I will defend Aldi to the death. Majority of my grocery shopping is there, and if I want something specific I dont mind going to stop n shop or Walmart. But Aldi is a godsend. I cant afford to regularly shop at Stop n shop, much less Whole Foods. I went there once just for curiosity sake and felt as though I didnt belong there. XD


ImperialCobalt t1_j1691ir wrote

I live in WeHa and much closer to the Bishop's Corner one, because I'm in the far northwest of the town. It's much faster and easier to go to the BC one due to travel time, traffic, etc.


[deleted] t1_j16b3y2 wrote

Stop & Shop prices for shitty food are nearly as much as Whole Foods prices for conventional veggies that aren't rotten - and meat that doesn't spoil before you get it home to the fridge.

S&S quality has dropped to F-tier as of late.

Whole Foods also has stocked shelves, which S&S doesn't have. My guess is Ahold Delhaize has more of a priority keeping Albert Heijin's supply chain up and running. Us ugly Americans are an afterthought to the Belgians who run S&S.


jules13131382 t1_j16bldl wrote

Lmaooooo I’ve totally wondered this before too


[deleted] t1_j16blt7 wrote


If someone can't tell the difference between Frozen Food and chef-prepared cuisine that says more about the patron not the food.

People who can't pick up on that difference got no business paying $100+ a plate for food.


[deleted] t1_j16dm8a wrote

I know of one such perfect place.

I just wrote into them with a location picked out and everything. If there were an option for me to open the place myself, shit - I'd have done it. Unfortuantely they don't allow that.


houle333 t1_j16e91s wrote

Stay in Hartford then.

We live in the nice rural part of the state because we want to live in the nice rural part of the state.

Nobody likes the carpetbaggers that move to town and complain that things need to be more developed.

Fcking go away.


GunnieGraves t1_j16frh3 wrote

They were required to keep it open for at least a year. It was actually slated to be closed once the Avon location opened up but with the recent remodel in Bishops, it looks like they’re keeping it open. Be foolish to close it. The blue back one is fucking tiny.


loopzoop29 t1_j16j3qg wrote

Whole Foods built a large store in west Hartford center, then they bought a local similar grocery store in bishops corner called wild oats and instead of closing it decided to turn it into a Whole Foods as well. Then about 2 years ago they decided to build a Whole Foods in Avon instead, and then again decided to keep the bishops corner one open. Source: I grew up within walking distance to bishops corner.

Edited to add: there were 4 grocery stores in bishops corner my whole childhood. Now there are 3, but that’s still a lot for a few blocks.


googs185 t1_j16kpp2 wrote

Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods is going into the new development off of 691 in Cheshire. We aren’t sure which, but one of them is. Heard from someone on the zoning board via Facebook. It’s literally the perfect spot, and about time that we had one. Milford, west Hartford and Danbury are all 30+mins away.


bcelos t1_j16nmfk wrote

they are always packed at all times of the day, even with the new one in Avon


GapingYouSoftly t1_j16r96n wrote

So I was somewhat wrong. They were fed borderline expired, lower quality grocery store items advertised as fine cuisine and they were food critics. They thought the meal was wonderful because the ambience, waiter, etc.

It's somewhat related I guess idk. Go shop there if you want. I can't tell the difference between Nature's Promise and Bell and Evans, and frankly I'm happy I can't if there is one.


CTMQ_ t1_j16rgu5 wrote

Actually, the bishops corner location has been slated to close - seriously close- 3x now. It’s unkillable. It’s missing tons of stuff, and is largely an Amazon fulfillment center now, but damn if we don’t go there 2x/week still.

It’s no more expensive than the big Y next door for most stuff anyway.

But yeah- Cheese n Stuff —> Wild oats —> screwed over the West End (Hartford) —> Whole Foods —> gonna close —> blue back opens 3 miles away —> really gonna close —> Avon opens 4 miles away —> REALLY gonna close —> announces they’re not gonna close —> can’t kill it.

Bishops Corner is like a boutique Whole Foods that only Carrie’s the “basic” Whole Foods fare.


NorridAU t1_j16rx0w wrote

It’s also because of all the through traffic over the mountain on 44. So many people get funneled through the intersection they get both the dedicated posh clients and spillover when someone has an ‘oh crap I need x’ because it’s on the way. Yea their is big y across the street and Crown Market next door but I think that proves more than disproves that the traffic supports it.


Gravco t1_j16siao wrote

The Bishop's Corner WF was formerly a Wild Oats.

Wild Oats had bought out Cheese & Stuff before being acquired itself by WF.

Then Blue Back Square (named by the same people who named the Yard Goats?) went up and Bishop's Corner seemed too far away?


Ok-Collection-7253 t1_j16tvhi wrote

I really liked the shop rite. Easy to hit on my way home. Great selection. Now we have to go all The way to Big Y or as we like to refer to it “The Big Y” lol. You know, like The Walmart, The Target, and The Costco.


[deleted] t1_j16w62b wrote

What you said - ingredients are barely anything in good cooking. It's all technique and prep. Freshness and a natural state (eg: not processed, raw ingredients) makes most of the difference.

There is actually a tangible diff between air chilled and washed chicken. If Nature's Promise did air chilled, there'd be no difference.

You know that Guga guy on YouTube? He's got a video of taste testing chicken and Bell & Evans is one of them.


Ok-Collection-7253 t1_j16wah0 wrote

I’d say it’s a combo of very careless drivers who are in too big of a hurry and pedestrians who aren’t fully paying attention. As a pedestrian in this town you need to have your head on a swivel. Drivers are crazy here. Red lights are becoming a suggestion and right on red is out of control.


Joggingmusic t1_j175htr wrote

Where do you draw the line? Is there too many Dunkin’ Donuts?


jaysin1983 t1_j17lpy7 wrote

To remind you you’re in west Hartford?


gregra193 t1_j17m34f wrote

I think Bishop’s Corner WF is a pain to stop at when coming from Windsor or Hartford over the mountain to Avon.

Gotta make a left turn into WF while people are coming from Target, and into the Target and WF plaza with no light at a busy …while cars squeeze by you quickly on the right.


Few-Information7570 t1_j18g2da wrote

How don’t more towns? I swear I’ve lived in states where there are Starbucks, Whole Foods, wegmans, and fast cas food every two miles.


GapingYouSoftly t1_j18hiod wrote

Who cares?

I eat for nutrition anyways, I run/lift 5-6 times a week, ski and golf so I try to prepare most if not all of my food. It's cheaper and just as nutrient dense as the mega super duper free range cruelty free options at whole foods 🙄


glserr t1_j18y250 wrote

And you got Avon which isn't too far


lizardRD t1_j193ppi wrote

Um Costco, Whole Foods and stew Leonard’s are in the same group. All crazy expensive. Followed closely by stop and shop then shop rite. Trader Joe’s is surprisingly one of the cheapest in my area (Fairfield)


MuchBlend t1_j199tn6 wrote

Would you rather they have two half food markets?


Kodiak01 t1_j19tevc wrote

Tolland County (specifically Vernon/Ellington) you have a Big Y, 2 Stop & Shops, Shop Rite, and Aldi. Slide over to Coventry and you get Highland Park Market as well, go to E Windsor S Windsor or Somers and you can tack on Geissler's.


Joggingmusic t1_j19yupq wrote

Well…you are rather unhinged if you believe your original comment. You don’t know what you’re talking about in regards to the content of the food you’re eating, where it comes from, and what’s in it. Otherwise you wouldn’t of made your original comment. Go read about industrial agriculture, work in the supply chain for a while, and then reassess if your current opinion is actually accurate. Spoiler, you’ll find it’s not. I already went for a run, not sure what you’re driving at with the suggestion though. Merry Christmas.


GapingYouSoftly t1_j1a2g0x wrote

LOL why would I do any of that? I'm sorry you're upset by it, but it's just an opinion. And it's from a TV show LOL, it's not even my own. If you want to go buy groceries for 50% upcharge because they put a pillow under the chickens ass and that somehow makes it taste better to you, be my guest, I don't care. The amount of protein and nutrients per serving size of any item you buy at whole foods is the same as that item purchased elsewhere.

Was the whole foods chicken fed a better diet? probably. Was the edamame grown in better conditions? probably. Have I ever been able to tell the difference? No. Has anyone ever explicitly explained how one would impact my health over the other? Not to my satisfaction. That's how I arrive at that conclusion.

Your name is jogging music, I figured you enjoyed running. I wasn't driving at anything. You should take this opportunity to tell me to go F myself, given my name :D


Joggingmusic t1_j1a69ql wrote

The feed and the soil conditions have a lot to do with what ends up in our bodies. It goes beyond the macro nutrient profile that drives your choice. Wasn’t aware you’re quoting a show, but okay if you say so.

Theres a strong correlation between cancer rates and the industrial agriculture that we’ve moved into. A lot of the reason why stop and shop is able to sell produce cheaper is because the product is created purely for yield. Lot of folks have become aware of this. That’s why there is a market for places like wholefoods and other organic/all natural markets. Is some of it bullshit marketing ploys like you’ve described? Of course. But it’s not all bullshit. As you can guess I work on that side, so I feel a need to defend it. But it’s not all sipping the kool-aid, there’s a health crisis that can be largely traced back to the content of our food.

And just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t make them ‘upset’. Just pointing out the flaw in your opinion. Take care.

Edit: sorry - looking back at some of comments to you, and they were rather shitty and condescending. Sorry friend.