Whole Foods in Sarasota

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Whole Foods in Sarasota


Whole Foods in Sarasota

The overwhelming success of Whole Foods in Sarasota is a mystery to me.  From the day it opened I have marveled at how much money people are willing to spend for items readily and cheaply available elsewhere. The parking garage is an obstacle course with the spaces far too narrow to accommodate most cars and if you do manage to wedge yours in, you will probably take out a side panel when you smash into the huge concrete piling that you swear was not there when you parked.

I remember the very first time that I entered the store and was so excited about purchasing the items for a great home cooked meal. Then I went into sticker shock when I realized that a Salmon dinner for two would probably cost more than a dinner out for four in one of our finest restaurants. I regrouped and decided on some appetizer items but did not realize that cheese could rival gold at the price per ounce.

I took a look at the other shoppers, most of whom resembled bag ladies and hippies still lost in the ‘70’s and wondered how they got to be so affluent. The final straw was when I was in the beverage aisle and asked where the diet soft drinks were. Well, hit me with a stick….. I guess that was the equivalent of asking for cocaine in a rehab center, alcohol at an AA meeting or a discount on a purchase at Cartier.  So, it was with much happiness that I read this article in the Huffington Post:





Now I know that I am not the only cheap person out there who has no food allergies and felt like a stranger in a strange land in a store that would be more aptly named "Whole Paycheck".

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The Keith Kropp and Wayne Rogers Team
Michael Saunders & Company - Sarasota, FL
Nowhere But Here

Whole Paycheck it is, but their Kalicious is delicious, and the sushi chef will make special requests!

Sep 19, 2013 06:14 AM #1
Marnie Matarese
Showing you the best of Sarasota!

Keith, you know I don't eat raw anything! Hope your wisdom tooth extraction goes well and if you need anything at all that does not require a trip to Whole Foods, just let me know.

Sep 19, 2013 06:28 AM #2
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Marnie,  They just opened a Whole Foods loacally here as well.  I heard on the radio about why they call it While Foods, because it takes your whole paycheck.  Well, I went there and like you, was in sticker shock.  I haven't been there since.

Sep 19, 2013 08:19 AM #3
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Marnie, this is a great review of the store as I am not familiar with it up here in Indiana.  I am sure your consumers in the Sarasota area will appreciate reading this if they are not familiar with Whole Foods.

Sep 19, 2013 08:53 AM #4
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Marnie, I didn't know there was a Whole Foods in Sarasota????  I would rather go to a farmer's market for produce, but I do like some of their specialty items.

Sep 19, 2013 10:18 AM #5
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

I had a good laugh on this one!!

Sep 19, 2013 11:18 AM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I don't know.  The Whole Foods out here has such a large variety of produce, and in such good condition.  I love it.  I don't mind paying extra if I can see that I am getting more.

Sep 19, 2013 11:55 AM #7
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