More suitable as a restaurant than specialty grocery. With advent of Trader Joe's coming to area, the "Whole Paycheck" sobriquet is more apt than ever. W F is overpriced competitor, offering competition only in fresh meat and fish area. The restaurant offers cafeteria service of foods and competes with venues such as the Irregardless Cafe, with respect to foodstuff offered. However, Whole Foods, sells by weight (i.e. at X$ per pound of food) so difficult to compare with organic restaurants. Generally, buying meat/fish as opposed to vegetable matter is cost efficient way at WF cafeteria. By the same token you get service in places like Irregardless. This "Whole Paycheck" location has very large section devoted to cosmetics and food supplements/additives. Has relatively small produce and grocery section. Located off inner Beltline eastward on Wade Avenue to first light at Ridge Road. Store is in Ridgewood Shopping Center on north side of Wade Avenue. Turn into Ridge Road to enter. If you miss this you can turn Left at next light going east and enter that way. Shopping center has: chain drug store; Quail Ridge book store; Bruegger's Bagels (cheaper place for good sandwich ); wine merchant; knitting and yarn store; cleaners; bank; bike store; and a few other businesses in an eclectic setting. Hoping this is helpful to you, good-luck, pjamesb
Large store with much non-food or standard supermarket merchandise in addition to complete standard selection. Has best supermarket flower store in Triangle, within the floral goods carried, and this is due to knowledgeable personnel. Radio Shack is attached to store, and Borders and Staples are adjacent. US Post Office is connected to NW corner of store. Excellent dairy products selection secondary to attentive workers, that are not present for whatever reason at other local supermarkets (including some other Kroger stores). Has large lunchtime crowd of salad bar and deli customers, but at other times is not full, probably because the adjacent area is not high density residential occupancy. Hence, save on Tuesday, shoppers plan and come with lists throughout the week and at times convenient to them. Since this is 24 hour operation which has customers present every day and night, it also is a safe venue. Hope this store is convenient for your needs, and review helpful. pjamesb
EarthFare has an incredible aromatherapy department-which includes not only a bountiful selection of natural skin and body products, but bulk herbs, teas, etc. from Frontier/Aura Cacia, Bach flower remedies, and an impressive selection of essential oils and essential oil blends from multiple leading companies, including Aura Cacia. They also have a respectable selection of exercise and relaxation tapes and dvds, bath and body accessories. The biggest surprise, however, are the GREAT and knowledgeable employees, who are ready, willing -- and able -- to answer questions and accommodate special needs, orders etc. The prices are not ridiculously marked up either, as one might expect of a specialty/natural store and, in fact, with regards to the above, they have the best prices around.