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Old 03-20-2014, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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It's not like it blows you away whenever you set foot in there. But if you shop there regularly you come to appreciate (and eventually crave) some of the quality, proprietary offerings they have there. The thing I miss most is their wine… and I'm not talking about $2-3 Chuck. Hopefully the one in COS ends up having a liquor store with it that offers things like Black Mountain and some of the other producers I recall.
They can not sell wine in Colorado unless they have a separate store. I think my issue was I do not like to cook so everything I need is at Safeway or King Soopers. If I want gourmet food I go out to eat.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I like TJs for their nuts, and a lot of their bulk snacks. They also have cereal pretty cheap - some other brands are repackaged as the TJs brand, and sold cheaper that way. Also, cheese. If you need cheese, there's no cheaper way to get a bunch of good cheeses for relatively cheap.

I'm fond of many of their specialty goods - some of their chocolate treats are to die for - but for me, it's the relative cheapness of many staples that makes them a great place to shop.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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They can not sell wine in Colorado unless they have a separate store.
Which is why I said… "Hopefully the one in COS ends up having a liquor store with it"
…like the one in downtown Denver does.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Downtown Co Sps
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I believe the way the liquor law works is that no one can own a chain of liquor stores. So that's why places like TJ's, Walgreens, and Costco either don't sell it or have a separate store owned by someone else.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I believe the way the liquor law works is that no one can own a chain of liquor stores. So that's why places like TJ's, Walgreens, and Costco either don't sell it or have a separate store owned by someone else.
I thought it was because you can only sell things with 3.2 or lower AC anywhere besides a liquor store here. What I really need to know is if that store up in Denver (the one with a seperate liquor store) actually sells Trader Joes' specific wines like Charles Shaw or Black Mountain (and many others) or are they just a regular liquor store poaching off the TJ's signage.
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Pikes Peak Region
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Trader Joe's to open Boulder store on Valentine's Day - Boulder Daily Camera

"Per Colorado law, which limits grocery stores to one liquor license, the only Trader Joe's location in the state that will sell wine, beer and spirits is the company's store at Eighth and Colorado avenues in Denver."

A somewhat older article from the Boulder Daily Camera, but perhaps this answers your question about TJ's liquor.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Which is why I said… "Hopefully the one in COS ends up having a liquor store with it"
…like the one in downtown Denver does.
Even the Costco on Powers has a liquor store near it, BUT it doesn't sell kirkland brand wine. I would assume TJ would be the same.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Pikes Peak Region
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Even the Costco on Powers has a liquor store near it, BUT it doesn't sell kirkland brand wine. I would assume TJ would be the same.
Colorado liquor laws only allow a chain grocery/department/wholesale store to have one liquor license for the entire chain. The Costco on Quincy and Wadsworth in Denver got that one license and sells Kirkland brand liquids along with having a full liquor store. It's a weird, arcane law but every time it comes up in legislature to change it, it gets shot down.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:43 PM
 
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Even the Costco on Powers has a liquor store near it, BUT it doesn't sell kirkland brand wine. I would assume TJ would be the same.
Both Costcos in COLO SPGS have liquor stores connected to their buildings, but I'm told that the liquor licenses are not in the name of Costco but rather other individuals. IIRC the Colo law on liquor stores forbids any one person / entity from owning more than one. It keeps the business from being monopolized by the huge grocery firms, who'd all have the same selection. It allows at least one set of mom/pop shopkeepers to not be put out of business by big chains. I'm sure that within six months of Wal-Mart being able to stock full strength beer plus wine and liquor that most mom and pops will be filing for bankruptcy and unemployment just like all the other mom/pop stores that have been rolled up over the years by the big box chains and Wall St.

I'm better served by my local Korean couple who give me a discount on-sight (without a silly loyalty card) and carry a good selection. I trade the Korean lady my bison chili for her bulgogi beef or kimchi. The other stores in the area offer other brands, have tastings.

I'm happy if the law stays the way it is, though my King Soopers has a whole aisle of chill cases holding single bottles of soda pops that I'm sure is a place holder for when they can get the law changed to allow full alcohol sales.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Pikes Peak Region
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^ You make an excellent point. Liquor stores in Colorado are very mom-and-pop places. It's also a large part of why you see liquor stores on almost every corner, it's a business that the law will not allow a monopoly on. But I digress... This is a thread about Trader Joe's in Colorado Springs. :-)
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