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First Review by tamberine97

Ugh Origins - Edit

Too bad a perfectly wonderful health food store, where people liked to gather, and employees were blissfully happy, was turned into an ugly stepchild to UNFI. There is nothing in this store you can not find at one of the cleaner and more thoughtfully arranged stores in town. The management seems entirely burned out and rude to both the customers and employees. There is nothing to recommend about the callous and terrible treatment and disregard they heap onto the innocents who do business with UNFI and the workers who toil for them.
It is a manifestation of apathy rather than wholesome, healthy, and conscientious marketplace.
Updated from previous review on Friday May 31, 2013

Pros: Memories of Mother Earth pre UNFI

Cons: Management, Corporate Manipulation, Dirty, Filthy Displays. Nasty Deli, Poor Selections, Mainstream Products

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Terrible produce, good frozen and dry selection - Edit

Decent market for occasional purchases but it's not a place to do all your shopping. I end up buying a fair amount of hard-to-find vegan items here but always regret purchasing any produce. It may be organic but it is never fresh and doesn't ripen properly.

Pros: hard to find vegan items, good frozen section, good vegan hair care

Cons: terrible produce, expensive


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Great seitan! - Edit

My boyfriend and i got the sweet and sour seitan. It was delicious but a little skimpy on the seitan. However, the sauce and bell peppers were delicious. I liked the grocery part as well, but it was hard to find some things (mainly pesto). The prices are a little much but we expected that. Plus, I think everything is expensive, haha.

Pros: fresh food, friendly staff

Cons: a little pricey


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They Sell Meat - Edit

They sell meat and fish and egg products. They do not discriminate. You have to read the labels carefully. They are owned by NRG, which is owned by UNFI, so they are definitely big business - not a locally owned company.

Pros: Wide Range, Eat-in Area

Cons: Sell meat, High Prices, Narrow rowsisles


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Mother Earth Market - Edit

They have a large variety of foods from fresh to frozen. Not the most inexpensive place, but because of its wide variety, it makes it worth it. Not a bad deli inside. Sandwiches are packaged, but not made there. They have a fresh juice bar and salad bar along with soup. Not a vegan or vegetarian store, but has very minimal meat. I enjoy it!

Pros: Large, Wide Variety

Cons: Moderate Costs


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Bad Customer Service - Edit

Every time I shop at Mother Earth I can never get help that I need. I can walk around for and hour without anyone offering to help, and then when I do ask, nine times out of ten they don't even know the answer. I will never shop there again.


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way overpriced - Edit

i like mother earth. its a nice store with nice orgaic stuff inside. sooo vegetarian friendly...but seriously, the prices are insane. i mean, you hae to be making some serious dough to do all your shopping here. especially with gas prices and everything else these days, i cannot afford to shop here. i mean, i come in and get little things here and there (cos i live right down the street) but i cant afford to *shop* here. i usually go to wards for that.

but the staff is always so friendly and helpful. and theres such a nice selection of natural and organic products, i just wish it wasnt so dern overpriced. some things arent, like organic milk and yogurt. and a few bulk items. but most other stuff is. one of the most expensive health food stores ive been to.

Pros: lots of veggie products, a really nice health food store, nice staff

Cons: SO EXPENSIVE


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no good - Edit

it's places like these that make it hard for the average joe to accept organic living. I spent $70 on nuts, fruits, veggies, and a box of tea and not even enugh to last a week and can only have a max of 80 carbs a day. The selection is usually freash, but minimal at best. It's small, so i understand, but if you have limitations on what you can consume (vegan/diabetes for instance) there is very little for you. If you like chips and cereal, your streight. Some of the staff is amazing, while others are streight up rude. Also I use to work at helth food stores before i moved to gainesville, they where never this redic.

Pros: raw almonds, usually good avacados

Cons: over charging, limited selection, rude manager


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