Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods MarketWhole Foods Market

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621 Broad Street
Durham, North Carolina, 27705
United States

(919) 286-2290 | map

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by ElGordo:
Photo of ElGordo
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

A slightly smaller store than others in the Whole Foods chain, the Durham location still offers a pretty nice beer selection. No macro crap (except maybe Genessee and occasionally PBR), just a good selection of American micros and imports. Their beer buyer seems to go all-out to find new imports, and sometimes overbuys, leading to some decent deals on occasion. Not many staff members know anything about beer, though, so don't expect any advice. Prices tend to be high - sometimes better deals can be found down the street at Sam's Blue Light.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Macsimus
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of devilben02
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

This isn't a particularly big grocery store, so it isn't surprising that the beer selection is somewhat limited, with only a short section of cooler dedicated to craft beer. That said, even though this isn't going to be a destination for craft beer shoppers, the selection at this Whole Foods is respectable enough that I would not struggle to find something interesting to take home if I happened to be shopping here. In particular, there is a nice focus on local selections, with one or more offerings from each of a number of local brewers (e.g., LoneRider, Big Boss).

As for the rest of the stock, I would actually characterize it as a bit pretentious. Based on a quick scan of what was available, it seems that many of the beers offered were selected less for quality than for perceived worldliness. For example, for such a small cooler, there were a number of uncommon English beers. While these may indeed be fine choices, it seemed to me that their inclusion was almost a statement of "we're a gourmet grocery store, and we stock only the finest imported beers." Maybe I'm way off-base with this impression, but I would have rather seen more regional beers and other domestics than the seemingly random assortment of international choices.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

I was on my way to Sam's for a pilgrimage but needed some organic coffee for my brother and this was literally down the street. This is my third WF in the triangle and this one is definitely the poorest in both selection and quantity. Their mix your own sixer had about a third of what is usually on offer in Cary or Raleigh and the bomber and growler selection was mediocre. Prices were typically jacked up in the WF tradition. At least the coffee was on sale.

I can only presume that with the best beer store in the state east of Asheville within a four minute stroll the Whole Foods honchos don't see the wisdom in wasting floor space to still not compete with Sam's. I can't say I blame them.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

It's hard to decide whether to give Whole Foods a selection score of 3.5 or to bump it up to a 4.0. I'll err on the side of positive.

If you are taking the exit off 147 to get to Sam's you almost run into Whole Foods so why not stop by? The place is easy to find and parking is abundant.

The selection is limited to a cold case, but they put in any beer they can squeeze into the space. Some beers are at the ends of the wine shelves, but the beer are is filled with 6ers and single bottles. Ok, a 4.0 for selection is a bit too high, but 3.5 is a bit too low. Some high gravity stuff and some standard. It's a sure bet to hit Sam's just round the corner, but give WF a minute's glance and be sure you don't pass something up.

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Photo of Sayson
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Of the Whole Foods outlets in the Triangle, I believe that Durham's Whole Foods has the least space devoted to beer. In fact, the store is probably the smallest of all of them. There's a single cooler and a bit of floor space sprinkled about the Wine section for beer. The selection gives a nod to craft beers, but overall in my opinion devotes too much space to low turnover imports and oddball beers like Kirin. They do stock a couple of beers from Edenton in Raleigh, which is a plus. If I linger too long in front of the cooler, someone generally asks me if I need help which is nice. The prices seem to be a buck or two higher than elsewhere. If you're in the store to pick up other items, then this a good one stop shop. If you're making a dedicated beer run, I suggest you pass by WF Durham and go the 1.5 blocks to Sam's Blue Light.

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Photo of Tang07
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

I've found beer selections to be pretty good in general in Durham. Even in more run down HT market at North Point has an OK selection of beers.

The Whole Paycheck Market has some that are a bit harder to find, but boy do you pay for it. It pains me to pay more than $9 or $10 for a sixer. They even charge high prices for stuff you can get anywhere, like Corona and Red Hook. When I pay that much and I get only a marginal beer it makes me wish I just got some PBR. Yes the isles are narrow, but there's hardwood floors a deli/coffee shop and you can be entertained by white people with dreadlocks.

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Whole Foods Market in Durham, NC
3.39 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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