Trader Joe's Grocery Store Or Novelty Store
Grocery Store? Novelty Store?
I stumbled into Trader Joe's. I was in a strange town, it was the only place to buy food. The Hawaiian themed store seemed somewhat unusual. The kids were starving. I remember the only soda, I recognized in the store was Hansen's.
Trader Joe's built a store in the next town where I would stop now and then.
A couple of years ago Trader Joe's opened across the street from my gym. It was a great place to pop into after a workout for a salad or wrap. There are always forks and napkins available for lunch on the go.
The more I learn about Trader Joe's the more I like it.
Trader Joe's, commonly called T.J.'s, caters to health minded people who don't have tons of money to spend on healthy foods. There are no big name labels. Most of the labels are Trader Joe exclusive products. The majority of their stock is purchased in bulk, directly from suppliers.
The company is sensitive to the environment and the dietary needs of their customers, Luckily for me, as my needs for gluten and dairy free foods increased so did T.J.'s selection of gluten and dairy free foods.
Their philosophy is great food + great price= value.
As hard as the buyers at T.J..'s try to maintain stock their customers like, suppliers go out of business or are unable to produces quality goods Trader Joe's demands. Because their overhead doesn't include catering to big brand name and they buy direct from many of their producers their prices tend to be very good. They are non-union, their workers wouldn't want to be union. The employees are well treated. They receive health benefits when they work 30 hours a week, and get to wear Hawaiian shirts and shorts to work. The employees are an interesting, helpful and friendly group
Healthy Food Not Always Organic
This is not a Whole Foods organic only type of store. They use common sense approach to providing healthy, affordable food, some of their food is not organic, but they have a non- genetically modified policy and much of their food is organic. Trader Joe's is always less expensive when buying smaller quantities than larger stores.
Because they buy in bulk much of their meat is frozen instead of fresh. There is a difference between processed packaged food and fresh frozen food. In some instances "fresh frozen fish" is far more nutritious than "fresh fish" sitting in a meat case all day after being caught who knows when. Most of the meat is packaged for one or two servings. This is handy for the individual who wants to eat well, but doesn't have an army to feed.
You can always get a banana for 19 cents (29 cents for organic) The bananas are a nice single serving size. They have some produce that is spectacular like Brussel sprouts on the stock (in season) The fresh produce looks like farmers market produce, It's not perfect and showy, but certainly wholesome and tasty.
The most popular place in the whole store is the sample kiosk. Every day there are different samples. Every day, there is also coffee. The coffee sample is small, but somehow it hits the spot in the afternoon when you don't really want a full cup of caffeinated coffee. There are samples of Joe's half and half, soy creamer, sugar and different sweeteners.
Trader Joe's Bistro Salad
Salads and Quick Lunches
T.J. 's salads are addictive. When nothing else sounds good T.J.'s Bistro Salad is most satisfying. Made from Kale, edemame, slivered almonds, cranberries with a light lemon dressing is delicious. The hearts of palm and artichoke salad is tasty very good, There are lots of others that are really good.
T. J.'s wraps are yummy. My favorite is the Vietnamese chicken. The wraps come with dipping sauces or dressings. Some you heat and others you don't need to heat. There are utensils if you are on the run. Most of the forks and napkins are at the front of the store, but sometimes they are near the samples.
Trader Joe's always has the right wine to pair with your meal. Their wine guide is located on line. Each store has at least one charming sommelier to help you with wine choices.
Charles Shaw winery's Two Buck Chuck, is a generic wine which originally cost $1.99. Now it is $2.49 in California. Chuck is more expensive outside of California. Two-Buck Chuck is generic wine made, from California grapes, exclusively for Trader Joe's. The story is the company, which makes Two-Buck Chuck, uses tailing from area wineries. Sometimes you get a really high quality wine, which from the original label would cost much more. I have never had a really bad bottle of Chuck and some of them have been wonderful.
If you want to make a stunning dessert tray, Trader Joe's, snack isle has variety you don't find in local grocery stores. Strawberry licorice, chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels meringue cookies, and raspberry sticks make a pretty dish for a company table
There is never trouble finding gluten, free dairy free T.J.'s desserts. .
What Do You Think Trader Joe's Is?
Is Trader Joe's a novelty store or grocery store?
The people at Trader Joe's are friendly and interested in helping their customers have the best shopping experience possible.
If you aren't satisfied with a product, take it back. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes something is not as fresh as you expected. There is never difficulty exchanging or getting a refund for something that is spoiled or not what you expected. Quality is high on their list of customer services.
There are usually employees scattered around the store available to help you find what you need. The service desk is in the front of the store if you need help and the staff at the sample store is always very capable to help you with any questions you might have.
There is always something to look forward to with the change of seasons. This season, fall, their goal is to have something made of pumpkin in every department. Pumpkin cookies and soup are two of my favorites. "The Frequent Flyer" newspaper comes every few months with store news., This is the best way to find the seasonal products and bargains . There is a big sign up to tell you when the new Flyer comes in if you aren't on their mailing list..
Trader Joe's stocks it's stores with value priced items customers want.
Grocery Shopping List Ap
Definitely A Grocery Store.
As the dynamics of my family change, when we are once again a couple instead of a crowd I believe more of the grocery shopping will be done at T.J.'s. Until then Costco, and various other stores will still figure into my grocery shopping.
Trader Joe's is a different shopping experience. People attached to Coca-Cola, Kraft and Campbell's will be lost. Wonderful adventures can be had while lost, so I encourage you to give T.J.'s a try. T.J.'s is definitely a grocery store.. The novelty, T.J.'s, laid back friendly atmosphere makes for pleasant grocery shopping at affordable prices.
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