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Old 11-13-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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I agree. May have more of a draw if it were in a local neighborhood, but nothing worth an out of the way trek to shop.
Haters gonna hate. Some of us like Trader Joes, if you don't like it then go to HEB instead. I like having choices and believe me...TJ does offer items that you can not find at HEB or Wal-Mart.

To me, it is worth the occasional trip to AH to visit TJ.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:04 PM
 
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Haters gonna hate. Some of us like Trader Joes, if you don't like it then go to HEB instead. I like having choices and believe me...TJ does offer items that you can not find at HEB or Wal-Mart.

To me, it is worth the occasional trip to AH to visit TJ.

Yup. It's just nice to have more CHOICE in the city. TJs isn't everyone's bag- and that's fine- but it's still good to have variety. We can't all be expected to love HEB or WalMart.



BN
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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Haters gonna hate. Some of us like Trader Joes, if you don't like it then go to HEB instead. I like having choices and believe me...TJ does offer items that you can not find at HEB or Wal-Mart.

To me, it is worth the occasional trip to AH to visit TJ.
Nobody was hating, just not getting what all hype was about. Sort of like a Lidl or Aldi in Europe.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:07 PM
 
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Haters gonna hate. Some of us like Trader Joes, if you don't like it then go to HEB instead. I like having choices and believe me...TJ does offer items that you can not find at HEB or Wal-Mart.

To me, it is worth the occasional trip to AH to visit TJ.
Agreed. It's not going to be my usual grocer, but I'll visit occasionally for specialty items. Also, the Charles Shaw Cabernet is about a million times more palatable than the HEB brand Cul-de-Sac Cabernet. Blech.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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Nobody was hating, just not getting what all hype was about. Sort of like a Lidl or Aldi in Europe.

If you'd ever lived where there was a TJ's, you'd understand

Aldi may seem like a similar phenomenon, but IME, it's not really. Aldi is more about being cheap and TJ about being specialty. That's simplifying a bit, but close.


I used to shop at TJs in the late 80s/early 90s. Haven't been regularly since, and the few times I have have not been that excited since we don't do that much processed food. But I'm thrilled it's here. And I'll be double thrilled if it comes to my neighborhood. BN - you created a monster. All of Southtown is going n about the possibility.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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Aldis is kinda icky....imo
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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Aldis is kinda icky....imo

Aldi in Europe is about a 1000 orders of magnitude better than Aldi in the US (and I liked Aldi in the US for it's low prices). And so the comparison to TJ is not *that * far off if you're talking the European Aldi, but it's still different....
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:34 AM
 
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So far, I am very impressed with my wine purchases from TJ. And cookie butter. I bought strawberries last Tuesday. By Friday 2 were moldy. I had to throw the container out yesterday with about 4 left. I was slightly bummed. My strawberries from HEB seem to last a little more than a week. So the produce didn't cut it for me.
I have also heard good things about their cereal. I'm a die hard Kashi Go Lean fan and would love to know which one from TJ is comparable.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:13 AM
 
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If you'd ever lived where there was a TJ's, you'd understand

Aldi may seem like a similar phenomenon, but IME, it's not really. Aldi is more about being cheap and TJ about being specialty. That's simplifying a bit, but close.


I used to shop at TJs in the late 80s/early 90s. Haven't been regularly since, and the few times I have have not been that excited since we don't do that much processed food. But I'm thrilled it's here. And I'll be double thrilled if it comes to my neighborhood. BN - you created a monster. All of Southtown is going n about the possibility.
There were TJs in Alexandria, VA and I lived there for a couple of years, still don't get it.

Also, as stated by Chaka, Aldi in Europe is an entirely different concept than the stores here in the US. Not to burst anyone's bubble, but Trader Joe's is actually owned by a trust held by the family that owns the Aldi chain, thus the similarities to the European Aldi stores.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:33 AM
 
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Default Trader Joe's "Find of the Week"

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

My Trader Joe's "Find of the Week"...is NOT anything you can buy there...but one of the most helpful folks I have ever come across in my wine buying experience! "Miss April" in their wine section is a DREAM!!! I was looking to try some of the new types I am finding at TJ's, and was able to tell her what kinds of reds we like...and she made several recommendations based on our tastes. To date, everyone she recommended was EXCEPTIONAL!!!

Cheapest was $5.99, most expensive I got was $19.99 but all were EXCELLENT!!! If you are trying to figure out what to get (other than the 2 buck chuck), search out Ms April and get the lowdown on what you might like after she figures out your wine palate!

Everyone enjoy a NICE wine with their Turkey and Ham today!!! Blessing to all our SA Forum friends!!!!

Last edited by BstYet2Be; 11-22-2012 at 04:36 PM.. Reason: new thread merged w/existing TJ thread - please post all future TJ posts in this one main thread
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