I love mine, it's a few years old. It corners very well. The frame is truly a track frame, it is very stiff.
Fuji's are great, normally a very good value. So are lots of others. Prices can be all over the place, there's no real answer to exact price, they change. It's more important to buy from a place you trust, than exact price. Buy from a shop that will honor the warranty etc. Ask some customers about the place you want to buy from.
Of course the salesperson from the other store will say negative things about the competition, it means nothing. Yes he was trying to sell you a bike. !!