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Mario’s pasta sauce stirs up the Whole Foods store controversy

The controversy over a proposed Whole Foods grocery store in Brighton has now reached the shelves of a nearby Wegmans.

Danny Daniele, a member of the family that owns restaurants and car washes and wants to put in a Whole Foods in the plaza where Mario’s Restaurant was located on Monroe Avenue, is criticizing Wegmans for pulling Mario’s pasta sauce from the shelves of the Pittsford Wegmans. It has also been pulled from other Wegmans stores.

Daniele issued a statement saying “The sauce has always been a top seller in its category with outstanding sales…” He says the chain pulled the sauce “abruptly” and tied the removal of the product to Wegmans opposing the Whole Foods project, which is just down the road from their Pittsford store. Daniele also says profits from the sauce were donated to food shelters.

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