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Privately owned & operated grocery store chain with 300 stores in 25 states, featuring upscale and organic fare

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  • Nov 25, 2009
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  • Sunflower butter
  • Wasabi peas
  • Middle eastern hummus/falafel mix
  • More soymilk variation than Safeway has toothpastes
  • "Two buck chuck", or more importantly, a whole case of booze for $28 (yes, that's California CRV tax for you rather than my math)
  • 19 cent bananas and $1.99 steamed beets
  • Organic fruit in plastic boxes
  • $1.99 grapefruit juice and $2.99 OJ "NOT FROM CONCENTRATE"
  • Samples including pizza and fresh coffee, both in microscopically small servings
  • A "Weightwatcher's Nightmare" of cheese (new plural)
It almost makes me forget that they don't have anything useful like Diet Coke or bleach, and I finally got over my paranoia about the lack of conveyor belts and parking spaces. There's enough bell ringing on an average visit to feel like you're in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but you may not notice it over the endless selection of old tunes. I'm not completely sure, but I suspect it's company policy to smoke weed on lunch breaks - as long it's organic. Right on, bro.

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November 25, 2009
Would you believe me if I told you that on a recent trip to Trader Joe's I was almost brought to tears by how excited I was to shop there? It was the weirdest thing! Those cheery [ahem] employees just make my day. Just a few weeks back I discovered that they sell those steamed beets you mention [from France!]. I was too lazy to cook some, it is a long process, I was jumping for joy when I found out TJ's sells them!
 
November 25, 2009
LOL, I go to TJ's so much that I don't even notice this stuff anymore because it's totally of the norm to me.  Lack of parking, lack of conveyor belts, bell ringing, pot smoking employees, cheap grub... all at TJ's, totally second nature to me :P  Hilarious.  Thanks for sharing!
November 25, 2009
Funny thing is that my shopping list has adjusted for their weirdness... I'm now squirreling away more quinoa bread and bedtime tea than I ever thought possible. :-D
November 25, 2009
I know what you mean! I think this has to do with the fact that since they don't really have many other brands there, and they're tiny, you keep running into stuff that you otherwise wouldn't seek out at a bigger store, so you're more inclined to try new things. They're smart!
 
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review by . December 13, 2008
Trader Joe's
As the headline states, yes, there's a reason why my friends call me a Trader Ho.  It's because, well, I am.  I'm a ho for Trader Joe's, and I'm not afraid to admit it (I'm also a Cost-Ho, but you can read about that in another review!).      First of all, I love how organized their store is and how they mostly only sell their own line of food products.  This takes the hassle out of having to compare different brands and prices.  Their foods are fresh, mostly …
review by . March 23, 2011
posted in ENN Community
Let me just start by apologizing to all devout-Trader Joe's shoppers. I know, I've been there.      In fact, I started shopping there more than 20 years. Very friendly employees, fun & colorful packaging, easy to handle and perfect for bachelor/ettes & college students, loooow prices, and kitchy titles on self-branded items.      But my boyfriend & I no longer patron them. This is why: Processed foods from far away places (talk about 1500 …
review by . February 25, 2011
posted in ENN Community
A great choice if you want food without a lot of crap in it but don't want to pay crazy prices. Also, great selection of fairly priced wines. Love the honey moon, velvet moon...any of the moons!
review by . August 01, 2008
Trader Joe's Baskets
Seriously though, it's like my little oasis.  A truly happy place.  My kid gets a balloon... I get amazing selection of what is basically a curated grocery experience, crazily low prices (without any coupons or weird club cards) and a wide array of healthy options -- from organic, to vegan, to just plain yummy.  Feels like that small neighborhood market my mom took us to as kids, when we lived in this little hippie enclave in the midwest.      It really comes …
review by . February 27, 2010
posted in Vegan Living
I was first introduced to Trader Joe's when I was attending college in California, but it probably wasn't until I moved to New York that I realized how much I loved that little grocery store. When they opened their first store in Manhattan off of Union Square, it was clear they had severely underestimated how much value people placed on their brand and their products. With many Californians living in New York City the store is always bustling, and there are typically two long check out lines …
review by . March 07, 2009
I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's grocery stores, although I can''t shop there exclusively because they don't have the, er, bad, unhealthy junk food I like. For example, Pepsi. Hey, a girl occasionally needs some Cool Ranch Doritos and Oreos in her life.     Mostly when I go I buy prepared and frozen dishes, because they are fantastic here. Trader Joe's doesn't stock much, if anything, that's not high quality food. (And by this I mean no high fructose corn syrup …
review by . August 05, 2010
One of the Best Grocers
   I don't have a Trader Joe's near me, and that is the only reason I don't give them 5 stars. It would be nice if they had an online store too.      Otherwise, I love their products and philosophy. Great tasting, wholesome food at affordable prices. Their Red Pepper (and Eggplant) spread (formerly Pinjur) is to die for. Trader Joe's gathers tasty treats from across the globe and puts them under one roof. Their stores and marketing have an old-timey …
Quick Tip by . February 28, 2011
posted in Green Living
Here in Louisville we are being told a Trader Joe's is coming soon. With all of the great things I've read about it on here I'm looking forward to it.
Quick Tip by . July 23, 2010
Good for lots of neat wines, beers and spirits... their produce selection is poor and most of their other products are typically not local to the stores they are sold in and are typically pre prepared and frozen goods. Asian markets, farmer's markets, Raley's Bevmo and Cost Plus make this place look like a joke.
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
A little pricey but what a great store. Wish there was one closer to me.
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Trader Joe's is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, California. As of December 2008, Trader Joe's has a total of 315 stores. Its stores are located most densely in Southern California, but the grocery company has locations in 24 other states and Washington, D.C. Trader Joe's was founded by Joe Coulombe and is currently owned by a family trust set up by German billionaire Theo Albrecht, one of the two brothers behind the German supermarket chain Aldi. Trader Joe's stores usually have a South Seas (often seen as Hawaiian) theme.


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