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Old 05-03-2011, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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In my area, we do not have this store, but I keep seeing posts that mention it. What type of store is it and what kind of merchandise??

Thanks~gbh
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:02 PM
 
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It's a small, upscale grocery store. Lots of organic products and foods you can't find at a normal grocery store (in addition to the regular stuff), but at much lower prices than Whole Foods.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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Much higher prices than Sprouts. Honestly, there are only a few items I'll go there for. In general, they are too expensive. Their water crackers for 99 cents, their tarter sauce with dill and jalapeno, their spinach pie, canned artichokes in water, and olives. Oh, and they have AUTHENTIC Spanish Olive Oil for only $6. I will admit they have interesting items, but still with a processed taste.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:02 PM
 
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When I lived in New York we had one not far away. To be honest, I don't know what all the fuss is about. The local Stop & Shop was far better.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Thanks everyone....not sure I am missing anything!
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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I like Trader Joes...I have shopped and loved them for years. no, they are not inexpensive..but they have some absolutely wonderful items..especially frozen items.

Also, everyone knows "3 Buck Chuck" (which is now more like $4 Buck Chuck..their house wine which is pretty tasty and very inexpensive!)
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Balt / DC / ATL / SF / Seattle
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They privatize most of their stock (made by the manufacturer but with the TJ's name). Often you'll buy a name product, then the next time you come back, it will have been converted to their brand, but is the same product. They're not rock-bottom cheap, but if you're looking for quality/natural/organic products comparable to Whole Foods (but on a much smaller scale), it's worth taking a look. As far as how cheap, it can vary by region. Here in SF, TJ's is cheaper than Safeway, the dominant regular supermarket, but then again Safeway is expensive for a regular grocery store compared to some other parts of the country.

My favorite things are the cheese selection and their grains/cereals/pastas. Their liquor prices are cheap if you're lucky enough to have liquor at your store.

FWIW, Two-Buck Chuck is still two bucks here.
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:29 AM
 
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Trader Joe's ROCKS!

I do 90% of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. I love that NOTHING in there store has high fructose corn syrup in it or artificial dyes. I only read labels to see calorie, fat, fiber info for the most part. Their prices are very good and quality is excellent!

6 Things to Buy at Trader Joe's - CBS MoneyWatch.com
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:38 AM
 
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I go there for wine and cheese. The cheese there is extremely fresh. The wine is cheap. Two-Buck-Chuck is Three-Buck-Chuck here.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Thanks everyone....not sure I am missing anything!
gbh, I think TJoe's is absolutely worth a visit. I occasionally drive quite a while to shop there.
It is more affordable than similar stores and has some exquisite products from all around the world. I strongly recommend it!
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