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  • Wild Earth Foods - 99 St/89 Ave

    I just moved to the area a few months ago. Whether deserved or not, my opinion was that a small 'niche' grocery store like this would be too expensive for me to regularly shop at. I could not have been more wrong.

    First of all, it is absolutely amazing how much product they have fit into that tiny space, while still keeping it well organized and easy to navigate. And second, their prices are great. General grocery items are comparable to the 'big guys', but their prices on produce and especially meats are amazing. As an example, a pound of ground beef that is $7.50 at Bonnie Doon Safeway is just over $5 at Wild earth. A package of pork chops that are $5 at Safeway are $2.50!

    They also feature local product which has given me occasion to try some new stuff I otherwise would not have, and they have a real decent selection of ethnic and other speciality items.

    Staff seem friendly enough...and line-ups at the till are non-existent.

    I recommend this place to anyone who may live in the area or a short trip away.
    Support the mob or mysteriously disappear...

  • #2
    Welcome to the area, Bulliver.

    Yeah, Wild Earth is great. They stock some things I haven't seen at other stores before, and their selection of hot sauces is quiet good, especially given their size. I buy pizza sauce from there, and it's $1.69 while the same jar at Safeway is $2.59, and this is Safeway branded sauce (I don't understand how that's possible).

    If you buy any baked goods there, just double-check the expiration date as I've noticed many things are still on the shelves after they've expired.
    They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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    • #3
      Thanks Gord, good advice. And speaking of baked goods, have you had occasion to try either Tree Stone or Empress Bakery? Was thinking of trying them for a nice loaf for lunch sandwiches...
      Support the mob or mysteriously disappear...

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      • #4
        Tree Stone makes wonderful bread. More expensive, but worth it.

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        • #5
          It's funny how things change but stay the same. When I lived in that neighborhood and frequented the IGA (before it was Wild Earth) their prices were always competitive but their baked goods always required a once over.

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          • #6
            The baguettes at Tree Stone are always popular. My wife likes their "ancient grains" bread as well. I've only been to Empress a few times - I found the person working there to have a poor attitude when I went.

            Wild Earth Bakery is quite awesome, but I find some of the prices of their stuff to be high, and I get REALLY annoyed that they don't have prices posted for everything. Sometimes I'll order something based on the price - I may be happier eating something that's $3 rather than something that's $5, especially if that $5 thing is quite small. That's why I get annoyed that they don't price everything.
            They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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            • #7
              I've been meaning to explore the 99 St strip on foot a bit more. For the past few months I've been going to the Alberta Momentum Massage clinic to get my knotted muscles worked on - this place deserves a shout-out for great hours, reasonable prices and awesome staff.
              “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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              • #8
                Yeah, that place has rave reviews on Yelp as well. My wife has gone there a few times and loves that she can just book everything on their website.
                They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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                • #9
                  Wild Earth Foods has officially announced they are closing by Sept 30. Has anyone heard if the new building that has been proposed is going forward, or are they just closing the grocery side?
                  I haven't yet seen a similar closure for the bakery announced.
                  Last edited by Corina5070; 14-09-2017, 12:58 PM.

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                  • #10
                    That's a shame. I assume this means something is happening.

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                    • #11
                      Apparently they've said they can't make the grocery store work, and want to get out of the grocery business. The tower hasn't gone to council, and hasn't been approved. Someone in the neighbourhood (this is not to be taken as gospel) thinks they're going to empty out the building and then say it's derelict, and apparently it'll make it easier to get the tower approved that way (no idea whether there's ANY truth to that, so don't treat it that way). Also, one of their major points in the tower was that it would have a larger grocery store... but they don't want to operate it, which means it may not have a grocery store.

                      Honestly, I think they're toying with the community, and it's going to backfire. There were already lots of people that were upset at the Batemans, and now that the grocery store is gone they've made their intentions pretty clear - they don't want to operate a grocery store.
                      They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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                      • #12
                        Here's the link to the proposed tower thread just for reference sake!
                        http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/showt...s-95m-Proposed
                        “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Gord Lacey View Post
                          Apparently they've said they can't make the grocery store work, and want to get out of the grocery business. The tower hasn't gone to council, and hasn't been approved. Someone in the neighbourhood (this is not to be taken as gospel) thinks they're going to empty out the building and then say it's derelict, and apparently it'll make it easier to get the tower approved that way (no idea whether there's ANY truth to that, so don't treat it that way). Also, one of their major points in the tower was that it would have a larger grocery store... but they don't want to operate it, which means it may not have a grocery store.

                          Honestly, I think they're toying with the community, and it's going to backfire. There were already lots of people that were upset at the Batemans, and now that the grocery store is gone they've made their intentions pretty clear - they don't want to operate a grocery store.
                          If this indeed a tactic it will likely come back to bite them.

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                          • #14
                            The Premier might have some influence! Just sayin'....

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                            • #15
                              In terms of what?
                              They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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