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Old 07-29-2010, 06:23 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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We need to petition for a Trader Joe's is that grocery space.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Cheswolde
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Default Yes indeed

Trader Joe's would be a good fit. Did you know that TJ's is owned by ALDI, the bare-essentials grocer? I buy my cereal, soda and coffee from ALDI -- which also sells great premium orange juice at a good price. On occasion, I have found TJ's items there, including at one time salmon stuffed with crab meat. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/bu...recht.html?hpw
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:22 AM
 
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Do we think that a Trader Joes would come?? Or would the "National Associations of Corner Stores-Baltimore City Chapter" come out in droves to oppose them I have been slightly amazed by all of the dialogue around the Lowes and Wal Mart coming to Baltimore... Seems like we would want big boxes but many in the city seem not to want them. I dont think Target had any issues... but then again it was moving into an existing shopping mall......
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Trader Joe's would be a good fit. Did you know that TJ's is owned by ALDI, the bare-essentials grocer? I buy my cereal, soda and coffee from ALDI -- which also sells great premium orange juice at a good price. On occasion, I have found TJ's items there, including at one time salmon stuffed with crab meat. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/bu...recht.html?hpw
I did not know that! I worked at a TJ's in high school - my ignorance is inexcusable.

You can find some pretty good bargains on high-end stuff at Aldi. If you're hosting a big party and need chips, snacks, etc., Aldi is definitely the place to do it cheaply. Strange odds and ends are found there too; I found a pulley system with which to hang a bicycle from the ceiling for $6.

What I like most about Aldi is its efficiency and lack of waste. You have to pay for shopping bags which encourages people to bring their own or use the cardboard boxes in which the food was shipped. It takes a quarter to undo the lock on a grocery cart - you get it back when its returned, meaning that they don't have to pay someone to retrieve all the carts in the lot.

I also like that they aren't afraid to open up shop in neighborhoods where other chains wouldn't. The West Cold Spring store is in an area without much other retail but does great business - no competition.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:48 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Do we think that a Trader Joes would come?? Or would the "National Associations of Corner Stores-Baltimore City Chapter" come out in droves to oppose them I have been slightly amazed by all of the dialogue around the Lowes and Wal Mart coming to Baltimore... Seems like we would want big boxes but many in the city seem not to want them. I dont think Target had any issues... but then again it was moving into an existing shopping mall......
I don't consider Trader Joe's to be big box. Most aren't really that big. And if the corner stores come out in droves, let them. I'd be happy if small grocery stores replaced them all.

Trader Joe's pays its employees better than most grocery stores and part-time workers are eligible for benefits. You can't say that about Lowes, Home Depot or Wal Mart.

That location is prime for a Trader Joe's. There's a need for a food market there (Save-A-Lot is a joke) and there are few locations that would be more accesible by transit.

The two city Whole Foods are certainly doing well. Trader Joe's will do even better, as it will attract shoppers of all income levels (unlike Whole Foods).
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Cheswolde
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Default Why not both?

I have no idea about the physical layout of the retail space. But since both Trader Joe's and ALDI occupy very small spaces, by supermarket standards, why not have them both? Not next to one another perhaps but in different parts of the retail block.
I'm serious about this. The two-store concept would also give the city/state/whoever an opportunity to create an innovative lease arrangement.
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Bolton Hill
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I really want a nice size grocery store that I can do all my grocery shopping. Right now I have to drive to Hampden for the Superfresh which is nice. I can get everything I want.

I've never been to a Trader Joe's but have heard good things about them. I'm not sure if it would work or not.

Whole Foods would be nice to have there even though I think they're a little expensive.
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