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  1. Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin
    October 30, 2012

    This post made me really excited – I’m a total grocery store nerd too! I wish I could go to a Whole Foods tour but I’ve never lived somewhere where there hasn’t already been one open (I guess I shouldn’t complain about that). I actually went to Whole Foods today on my lunch break!

  2. katie
    October 30, 2012

    Sad to say, that not all the food in Prep Foods is made on site. Most of the stuff on the hot bar and in the chef’s case is, but the rest comes from the commissary. Still good stuff though!

    • Meghann
      October 30, 2012

      You are totally right. That was my error when I stated it across the board, I corrected the sentence. :)

  3. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale
    October 30, 2012

    Okay. First off — LOVE that you’re a grocery store nerd and not a grocery store snob … there are a handful floating around the blogging world, and it’s SO refreshing to see someone who is genuinely interested and involved in the what’s and why’s of the products.
    Secondly — I’m incredibly jealous of anyone and everyone who lives less than the oh, half day of travel, that I would need to make it to a WF, nonetheless the 8 hours of shopping time and the other half day of travel back … I’m a HUGE grocery store nerd myself (used to use it in an unhealthy way, now it’s quite the opposite) and visiting a WF is totally on my bucket list (visiting a TJs is also on there). I guess I’ve been drinking the blogging kool-aid?! ;)
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  4. Sara @my less serious life
    October 30, 2012

    i am SO jealous of this! my boyfriend thinks i’m strange that i love grocery stores so much and sadly – we don’t have a whole foods. one day…
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  5. Charlie (The Runner Beans)
    October 30, 2012

    I love Whole Foods and have one right near my office in London. Everything is laid out so beautifully and it’s all so tempting, just wish I could afford to shop there more!
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  6. Cher @ Weddicted
    October 30, 2012

    So jealous! My closest Whole Foods is an hour away!
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  7. Allison
    October 30, 2012

    We used to live in the Austin area and we spoiled by the flagship store downtown! But there are a ton here in Dallas which is nice.
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  8. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    October 30, 2012

    oh my gosh, I would love to go on a tour like this! I am a HUGE Whole Foods fan and I’m so lucky to have so many around me living in downtown Chicago! There are 2 within easy walking distance, and 2 more for a long walk! Haha or just the bus…
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  9. meghan
    October 30, 2012

    I missed the tour. Wish I had gone, but I ended up working until 6:30 last night and not being able to get over there and get everything done I wanted at home. It looks awesome. Where exactly is the store? I’ll look it up.
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  10. Sara@RunningInPinkProject
    October 30, 2012

    Love Whole Foods. I am a huge fan of grocery stores in general especially since learning to cook and preparing most things from scratch. There are a lot of really cool products/bells/whistles out there!
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  11. Emily N
    October 30, 2012

    That is one heck of a Whole Foods! Far bigger than the ones around here. And check out those beer/wine sections! Amazing.
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  12. Laura
    October 30, 2012

    That looks like it was such a thorough tour. On a side note, I am sorry people give you so much crap about working with Whole Foods (to the point where you have to clarify that you spent your own five bucks! :) ) I am obsessed with Whole Foods – I’d be excited to work with them, too!
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  13. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    October 30, 2012

    Sounds like fun! I heart touring grocery stores too!!!!
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  14. Hope
    October 30, 2012

    THAT IS SO COOL! I would love to do a tour like that! My brother-in-law is a manager at Publix and he took me “behind the scenes” one day and I was far more excited about it than I should have been. I just love stuff like that! And I LOVE Whole Foods. I live in College Park in Orlando and the closest one to me is the one in Winter Park and it’s just SOOOOO small. I’m dying to have a bigger one closer to me. The new location looks gorgeous – enjoy!!

  15. Emily
    October 30, 2012

    What a huge Whole Foods!! Oh, to live in Suburbia….

    Also, I’m confused, I’m a new reader and don’t really get what a grocery store nerd is. Do you just really like going to the grocery store? Or are interested in the economics of grocery store supply chains? Thanks!

    • Meghann
      October 30, 2012

      I would classify a grocery store nerd as someone who is so excited about the opening of a new grocery store that they spend $5 to take a tour of the store before it opens. ;) Oh, and they have to really enjoy going to the grocery store!

  16. Tiffany
    October 30, 2012

    I wish we had Whole Foods. I live in the capital city of my state, but I don’t think the market would support it. We don’t even have a freestanding Starbucks and people are more interested in junk food :-(
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  17. Natalie @ Free Range Human
    October 30, 2012

    I am so jealous! Unfortunately, the nearest Whole Foods to me is about three hours away :(
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  18. Karen @ Runner Girl Eats
    October 30, 2012

    This is awesome! We have a Whole Foods opening soon here, I will def have to see if they are offering this tour. Ah, now I’m even more excited about WF coming to Tallahassee!
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  19. Becky @ runfundone
    October 30, 2012

    Ha! I’m not sure that there could be a more enthusiastic grocery-store-tourer! I’m glad you had fun.

    RE: The doors on the grocery case…I would think that this keeps cold in/heat out, so it’s more economical and environmentally friendly???
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    • Meghann
      October 30, 2012

      That’s a good point. I wish I would have asked because I really am genuinely curious.

      • Christine, Random Hangers blog
        October 30, 2012

        Yes, Becky’s right, that’s why. They just popped some doors on at the Sandlake Whole Foods and when I asked, they gave that as a reason.

        On a related sidenote, you might want to see if any of the Whole Foods near you does a Savvy Shopper tour. The Sandlake one does, and it was really eye-opening to hear how often the sales flyers change (the main colorful one is once a month v the specials page which is once a week), how to spot sales (look for yellow tags), the ins and outs of the bulk area and the like. Fascinating stuff. I just assumed Whole Foods was out of my budget, but that’s definitely not true.
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      • Bobbi
        October 31, 2012

        I don’t understand, don’t all refrigerator cases have doors on them? sorry, a littl slow here…lololol

  20. ct cupcake
    October 30, 2012

    how cool that they offered the tours for charity donations! WF is super generous to my Junior League. Are the date balls you sampled made from the recipe you posted above? The recipe doesn’t appear to have coconut but the ones you sampled appear to. I ask b/c I dislike shredded coconut but that recipe looked good!
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    • Meghann
      October 30, 2012

      It is the same recipe, I think they just added the coconut to make them pretty. I’m sure you could skip rolling them in coconut and be fine.

  21. Steph
    October 30, 2012

    I had SO much fun yesterday! Loved all the freebies and tastings! The shrimp was Ah-MAY-ZING. My post will go live this afternoon! (and totally realizing the importance of a point and shoot, as my iPhone pics are just NOT cutting it anymore!).
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  22. Abbie
    October 30, 2012

    Becky is absolutely right! The doors are to keep the cold in, thus using less energy to keep the fridges cool and making the store more environmentally friendly. What a great store, we don’t have anything like this in the UK!!
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  23. Meghan @ After the Ivy League
    October 30, 2012

    I love Whole Foods so much! We have a nice big one like that in Providence, but I rarely go (TJ’s is more wallet friendly). It’s always a special treat when I visit WF and take the time to browse the aisles slowly, I love food!
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  24. Jessica
    October 30, 2012

    I am SO excited about this Whole Foods in our hood. I will be taking a tour of my very own soon!
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  25. Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run}
    October 30, 2012

    What a beautiful store! I love the sign “Cookies by the POUND” – mmm!

  26. Carrie @ The Cook’s Palette
    October 30, 2012

    Wow! Thanks for giving us such a thorough tour as well! I’m a grocery store nerd as well, so I totally get the excitement. Glad you have one nearby!
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  27. crystal d.
    October 30, 2012

    that is so cool you got to go on that tour! I had no idea Whole Foods did that but I am going to keep my eye open for one to open now so I can go! I am a huge grocery store nerd too. When we go to a new town or go on vacation I am always excited to check out the grocery store. Even ethnic grocery stores I love! I will wonder up and down all the aisles! I am glad I am not the only grocery store nerd out there! :)

  28. Alaina
    October 30, 2012

    haha this post made me really excited! both of my brothers work there (i spotted a massive man in the produce section who may or may not have mylast name) and i have been asking a million questions! i am so excited to come home from fsu this weekend to visit this place!!!!

  29. Crystal H
    October 30, 2012

    This post makes me regret not driving to Carrollwood for this tour! I have never been to a Whole Foods, but it looks amazing. I am totally a grocery store / food geek too. I hope they open one up in St. Pete soon and do a tour of it too. Until then, enjoy it for me. : )
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  30. Aleksandra
    October 31, 2012

    My dad worked for a company for 25 years that made refrigeration parts for supermarket applications. Standard refrigerating cases have an air curtain that flows over the top of the case. When the case is overloaded, then nothing stays cold. Anytime you see a carton of milk that is expanded or bowed out at all, that’s because either the case isn’t cold enough or because it’s been overpacked.

    In general, doors make it easier to keep the cold in and the heat of the store out. And they make it impossible to overload the case and inadvertently ruin everything inside — which happens more than you could believe. In addition, I’d imagine it would be much more economical. And if the power goes out, it’s more likely to hold cold.

    My dad always taught me to check my milk carefully for bowed sides and to buy from the very back of the case.

    Anyway, hope that answers your question. :)
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  31. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    November 3, 2012

    I’m catching up on my blog reading now that I have power again post-Sandy, and Meghann, this sounds like so much fun! I’m such a foodie–and love Whole Foods, obviously–so a grocery store tour would be a great way to spend an afternoon. :)
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