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What Our Readers Think: Meat at Waldbaums

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The meat at Waldbaums in Westhampton Beach is foul. That is what one Patch blogger Joy Sopitz testified over the weekend in her blog, titled, Foul Fowl at Waldbaums.

Patch readers had a lot to say on the topic with a few tying it in with a controversal proposal by developer Andrew Mendelson to bring a new supermarket to the area.

The following is a round-up of comments made by readers. Feel free to add to the conversation by posting a comment below.

leslie wrote, "Hey I cold have told you that..I even wrote to the company to tell them that, and no response... That place is so gross dirty and filthy....."

Adriana said, "Not only do they sell meat with expired dates, I have purchased meat that has a few days left on the expiration and it is still rotten. I swear when it doesn't sell in time they just put on a new sticker with a different date."

Gene added, "And the Village Board thinks there's nothing wrong with this supermarket? Please, please, please let the new supermarket go in on Old Riverhead Road! What that'll do is force Waldbaums to improve...or get out! Supermarkets are supposed to be welcoming. This one is far from that and one of the worst supermarkets I've ever been in."

DeleteJoy Sopitz commented, "All sooooo true!!! So why does Waldbaums get to have a monopoly? Maybe Waldbaums has been making donations, campaign contributions, and other perks, to local politicians in order to prevent the competition. Why is the town making it so difficult for a new supermarket to break ground? Seems rotten and fishy to me."

Elyse Richman posted, "Why is it that when 42 residents request with a petition to change the speed limit on 3 blocks in the village from 30 mph to 25 mph,this was seen important enough to put on the trustees agenda within a couple of months with a public hearing at last weeks meeting. And when Mr Mendelson requests to be heard and it is an issue that definitely needs to be heard and discussed in a public forum he is seen as an enemy ,it's unfair to him and it's unfair to us the residents. I will give you a great recommendation we are very lucky to have 2 establishments in this village that I frequent every day for fresh fish and fresh meat and chicken Cor-J & Cow Palace ,they are friendly and very nice. Support your local business Shop Locally!"

ralebird reponded, "I had the same problem with outdated spoiled meat at the WHB Waldbaums a few years ago and when I returned it they said no one was in the store to authorize a refund. I regret leaving it on the floor in the store instead of taking it to the Department of Health."

And via Facebook, readers wrote:

"This happened to me last year.... i haven't gone back since. I'm all for supporting places in Westhampton Beach, but not when their deli is selling expired meats and leads a buyer to think twice about buying something elsewhere in the store. Since 2011, I've gone to riverhead, patchogue, and as far as hicksville for certain organic foods and other items that one can't find in stores around here, but it goes without saying that I'm not shocked this happened again in Waldbaums. You think they would've learned the first time when this happened? How many more times is this going to happen. Who has to get sick? Shame on you Waldbaums. Shame on you!" — Subi Chockalinga

"What do you think has been going on there Worst place ever!!! I have not been back since October 2011." — Lisa Fox

"Same thing in SH, haven't been in there in years!!" — Pat Kelling Griffith

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reed sellers January 15, 2013 at 04:07 PM
I clicked on this article to read about meat. Not to meet singles in my area.
Mic January 15, 2013 at 04:43 PM
I agree with the many of these comments regarding Waldbaums, but not just on the meat issue. The store is dirty and smelly. Just go into their basement. I find the produce area lacking freshness too. I stopped shopping in Westhampton Beaches' Waldbaums -- Riverhead has newer and cleaner supermarkets. I cannot understand why Westhampton Beach politicians would rather send their residents to shop in Riverhead instead of allowing a competitive store to open up.
Erica Jackson (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Wendy Poole said via Facebook, "The place is so gross, I wrote the company to fix it (to no avail) filthy small and smell like YAPANK dump on a good day."
Erica Jackson (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Laura Brown said via Facebook, "Putrid store, should be condemned, I live so close I have to shop there sometimes but I try to avoid it at all costs. It's a travesty the village hasn't been able to get a better supermarket approved for it's residents."
Erica Jackson (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Via Facebook Lisa Fox said, "Rotten everything."
Elyse Richman January 16, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Look at the whole picture that leads up to Waldbaums, Dilapidated closed Gas Station on the corner, Empty overgrown lot across from that, Empty Dilapidated Bowling Alley, closed old National next door to Waldbaums, and we have a master plan that was paid for by this village, this is just one corner of the village, anyone that wants to come into this village with an idea should be welcomed with open arms . This village needs NEW IDEAS !!!!
Ralebird January 16, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Has Patch contacted anyone at the store or A&P headquarters for a comment?
Irina Richardson January 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM
The area the "new" supermarket would like to be is not zoned for it. The village trustees can't just change the zoning; there is a process. By the way, not one permit has been applied for yet to start the process. I have been at village hall for the meetings when this has come up. No one is stopping Mr. Mendelson from doing anything; he hasn't applied to do anything.
Erica Jackson (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Ralebird, Yes, I have reached out to headquarters. I am awaiting their response.
D Busking January 16, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Dairy case disgusting too. Milk is spoiled when purchased, way before the expiration date. I haven't been there in years, repulsive. I'd go anywhere....Riverhead, Hampton Bays, Whole Foods or Trader Joe's in Lake Grove before I go to Waldbaums

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