I'm the kind of person who gets very attached to MY grocery store and even if I'm in the parking lot of another Publix, I'll go all the way to MY Publix, though it may be out of the way, because..well, it's MY Publix. The funny thing is, this doesn't apply to other types of stores- I'll go to a Super Target or a Super Wal-Mart (although I won't buy meat at either).
Today I decided to go to Whole Foods for the first time. Gotta tell ya...not a fan. I bought a $9 cherry. One cherry (or so it seemed). I decided against the $7 organic, recycled, blessed by the hippie god paper towels. The fruit juice bar, BBQ bar, cheeses, bakery, espresso...I loved all of that but I would never do my everyday grocery shopping there. I'd end up with $75 worth of olive oil and trail mix!
In my opinion, The Fresh Market is better than hippe-healing-crystals-Whole-Foods. I love being greeted by that wall of chocolate banana chips, mustard pretzels, and carolina mix. Whole Foods has a wall of flax seed and probiotics. And Whole Foods rotisserie chicken doesn't even come close to The Fresh Market's rosemary rotisserie chicken.