Reader: We don't need Trader Joe's to be a "real" city

Thumbnail image for TJslede.jpg
The foundation has been poured at Eighth and Colorado Boulevard in Denver, and construction is continuing in Boulder -- signs that Colorado will soon have not just one, but two Trader Joe's stores. Finally. And what will be the benefits be? Jenn Wohletz served up five of them in the list posted here last Friday, but not everyone is eagerly awaiting TJs.

See also:
- Five reasons Colorado will benefit from Trader Joe's...finally
- Trader Joe's begins building its first Denver store

- Trader Joe's gets its retail liquor license in Denver

Says Rain:

We don't need Trader Joe's or In-and-Out to be a "real city" or area. I'm ok with them opening, but I don't see any reason to turn Colorado into East California just to settle a craving for cocoa almonds or whatever. I'd rather have Sunflower back -- Sprouts has screwed that up, and I'm sure Sprouts will get screwed up further once their IPO hits and they have to answer to greedy stockholders.

Right now, I'm more excited that Lucky Market is opening in Longmont. Another place to buy *local* produce at reasonable prices? Sign me up.

Does Trader Joe's even sell produce, meat, and dairy? All I seem to hear people talking about are pre-made foods and cheap wine.

What do you think of Trader Joe's? Will you shop at the stores?




Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
21 comments
redheaded1
redheaded1

Crabby comment aside, I do look forward to trying Trader Joe's because I've heard a lot about their products from friends who have one in their city. 

I don't think there is one single grocery choice that fits all, nor one that fits even all the needs of one family. It's nice to have choice. There is no perfect store. 

And, no, we don't need In-and-Out Burger. We have Smashburger. 

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

"You'd think Trader Joe's would be eager to trumpet its success, but management is obsessively secretive. There are no signs with the company's name or logo at headquarters in Monrovia, about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Few customers realize the chain is owned by Germany's ultra-private Albrecht family, the people behind the Aldi Nord supermarket empire. (A different branch of the family controls Aldi Süd, parent of the U.S. Aldi grocery chain.) Famous in Germany for not talking to the press, the Albrechts have passed their tightlipped ways on to their U.S. business: Trader Joe's and its CEO, Dan Bane, declined repeated requests to speak to Fortune, and the company has never participated in a major story about its business operations.

Some of that may be because Trader Joe's business tactics are often very much at odds with its image as the funky shop around the corner that sources its wares from local farms and food artisans. Sometimes it does, but big, well-known companies also make many of Trader Joe's products. Those Trader Joe's pita chips? Made by Stacy's, a division of PepsiCo's (PEP, Fortune 500) Frito-Lay. On the East Coast much of its yogurt is supplied by Danone's Stonyfield Farm. And finicky foodies probably don't like to think about how Trader Joe's scale enables the chain to sell a pound of organic lemons for $2."

http://money.cnn.com/2010/08/20/news/companies/inside_trader_joes_full_version.fortune/index.htm

Zoe Dunn
Zoe Dunn

Boulder will never be a "real" city, the bubble won't allow it. Thankfully we're getting Trader Joe's.

kesslereb
kesslereb

I can't wait! If I'm not working, I hope I'll be there on opening day. But I'll still go to Sprouts (yes, I too wish it were still Sunflower .... Sprouts truly does suck most of the time), Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, the Asian markets and, as a last resort, King Soopers.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

BLASPHEMER!!!!!! Trader Joe's is my personal religious preference, and everyone who doesn't like TJs is doomed to the fiery pits of hell!

Retiree2010
Retiree2010

Actually TJoe's does sell produce, meat and dairy. Nothing off the wall great, but they do. 

Having been to TJoes, Sprouts and all the other comparable stores, trying to compare them is like trying to compare a great apple to a great orange and a great banana. They're all good in their own ways and they're all quite different in what they offer, with not much more basis for comparison than that they're all fruits. What Trader Joe's does that no other store does is sell their own very unique and very reasonably priced array of products. You'll either like them or you won't, but wherever you see them, the parking lots are full, staff is friendly and enthusiastic, and the checkout lines are quite long. 

tropicalchrome1
tropicalchrome1

Yes, Trader Joe's has produce - not very much and at ridiculously high prices. That's why people don't talk about it, and why I'll continue to buy my produce (and meat and dairy) where I do now.

I shop at Trader Joe's mostly for stuff I can get ONLY at Trader Joe's. There is no substitute. It's not taking business away from anywhere local because nowhere local has these exact items. No, we don't NEED Trader Joe's, just like we don't need a winning football team or whatever your favorite pizza place is - but it sure will be nice to have. It's an extra that makes living here just a little bit better.

You bet I'll be shopping at Trader Joe's. I'm jonesing for their Brown Sugar Maple Shredded Wheat, and no, Maple Brown Sugar Mini Wheats are NOT the same thing.

GentlyStirred
GentlyStirred

Nope. Will not set foot in Trader Joe's. I don't need to give them my money to dump sub-standard products at artificially low prices and force out local businesses.

cocomontalto
cocomontalto

@redheaded1 Both Smashburger and In-and-Out Burger are delicious, but they are entirely different. Until Smashburger offers a double-double animal style, I will continue to have cravings for In-N-Out -- no matter how much Smashburger I eat!

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@RustyShackleford Also, "Trader Joe's" is an anagram for "A-Rod's Jeter." Thus proving some sort of conspiracy, maybe even on a cosmic level.

cocomontalto
cocomontalto

@kesslereb  I actually never went to Sunflower, but I have always loved Sprouts. I'm curious: how is/was Sunflower superior?

cocomontalto
cocomontalto

@Retiree2010  I have frequented Trader Joe's in five states and have rarely ever encountered checkout lines that were any longer than other grocery stores. I agree with what you said otherwise. :)


jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Retiree2010 And TJs has delicious imported cheeses in small, inexpensive cuts so as to make it easier to try something new. : ) The bakery items are great as well. I think TJs has flowers, too, but since those aren't for eating, I didn't pay much attention to them...lol

cocomontalto
cocomontalto

@tropicalchrome1  I wouldn't say they are ridiculously high on all their produce; in fact, they used to have the cheapest bags of organic lemons in the entire metro area of Phoenix. It's hit or miss. 

wewatta
wewatta

@tropicalchrome1 Honestly, TJ seems really great at first.  But I have not missed going to one since I moved from an area that had them.  Some good kitschy items, but nothing I cannot live without.  I would be excited if Wegmans came to CO, TJ not so much.

Retiree2010
Retiree2010

@GentlyStirred   I'm glad you won't be going there. I guess you were at other stores in other cities and made a decision not to go again. In any event, as I said above, there are a lot of us lacking-in-taste suckers who will be crowding the parking lots and checkout lines, so you'll be one less person to stand behind. On the other hand, if you've never been to one, maybe just walk through one of the stores when they're open and check them out.

kesslereb
kesslereb

@cocomontalto @kesslereb customer service customer service customer service. I've filed three complaints with the local store manager since it became Sprouts. Plus three items I purchased on a regular basis in Sunflower were discontinued when Sprouts took over.

Chris
Chris

@jenna-furrr @GentlyStirred  You really come across as an obnoxious (and ignorant) person Jenna.  Stop the thinly veiled insults at people of faith and stick to a general conversation about what you know as opposed to shining the spotlight on topics you so clearly have no understanding of. Let's be mature enough to stick to a topic that we all have common ground on; such as what this site is actually about--our experiences at various local stores.

Now Trending

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

Loading...