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14 comments on “Lakewood Whole Foods To Open Earlier Than Expected

  1. Goodbye, venerable, once-funky neighborhood landmark. Hello, uniform corporate sterility.

    (But I’ll still shop there. Hopefully, they’ll have a better beer section. Greenville’s ain’t what it should be.)

  2. Daniel, how is it “uniform corporate sterility”? It’ll be the same stuff, just more of it, in a bigger, better-organized store. I’m not big on paying Whole Foods’ prices (I usually try and find the same stuff cheaper at Sprouts or even the revamped Tom Thumb stores), but I’ve never had a quibble with the presentation at WF – they do a great job of making it feel welcoming regardless of location.

  3. Oh to have the money to be able to grocery shop at Whole Foods! I hear tales.

    Trader Joes? Or how about that Sunflower Farmers Market on Henderson in the old Carnival? When’s that opening up?

  4. I think I made it clear that Uniform Corporate Sterility has its advantages — such as, hopefully, a better beer selection. And yes, Whole Foods’ stores are beautiful, to a one.

    I’m just a bit nostalgic about the old location. I’ve been going there since it was called Bluebonnet. I’m also a little nostalgic for the Whole Foods of the 80s, before it became this huge, shiny juggernaut — it was charmingly funky, is all.

  5. @Amandacobra: I heard Trader Joe “don’t like Texas.” And that’s a quote from a Trader Joe employee.

  6. @ Dave Moore

    Yes, but *I* like $2 bottles of wine!

    (I figured that Trader Joe’s doesn’t feel the need to compete with Texas-based Whole Foods and all the other upstarts that are popping up. But hey, it was worth a try!)

  7. I will pine for the old location also. But there’s supposed to be a ‘community market’ going into the development on the site of the Arcadia (I’d much rather have the Arcadia – where I used to delight in Christopher Lee movies). And no doubt the Sunflower on Henderson will be an alternative.

    Of course I am one of the Lakewood weirdos who liked Minyard’s because it was started by Buddy and Henry Minyard (classmates of Trammell Crow at Woodrow in the early 1930s). Minyard’s had that unique East Dallas flavor of drawing the rich, poor and everything between. OK, the wine sucked and I had to go to Whole Foods for pâté. But sometimes you want pimento cheese and a can of chili.

    In the absence of a ‘major grocery store’ in Lakewood, I have learned to love going to Jimmy’s, The Mozzerella Company, Civello’s Pasta, Rudolph’s Meat Market and the Farmer’s Market. For libations: Goody-Goody, the soon-to-be-gone Stoney’s, The Wine Therapist, Times Ten and Centennial – also the open and closed Grailey’s. And there is Lakewood Texaco for the cheap, nasty stuff.
    Now really, isn’t that better?

  8. Daniel,
    There’s nothing charming about a dumpy, dirty store that sells food that I put in my mouth.

    LakeWWWooder,
    All fine places. Too bad they are so spread out.

  9. Neither Whole Foods nor Bluebonnet was ever dumpy or dirty. They simply didn’t look almost exactly like 10,000 other clones. I accept Progress, but don’t begrudge a guy his rueful sigh, eh? You were probably in grade school listening to Michael Jackson when it was Bluebonnet. I know this because I’m guessing.

    Carnival — now that was dumpy and dirty.

  10. The Whole Foods on G’ville is badly showing its age. I’m sure Bluebonnet was nice, but it was also newer(-ish?) when you were there, and I, for one, like my grocery stores shiny and new.

    I’m getting to old for nostalgia (very wrong on OUR age, btw). I like to poop food from a clean, cookie cutter store where I know the layout, and I can get in and out fast. Gimme Central Market any day.