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Old 10-20-2009, 06:24 AM
 
Location: The Queen City
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You are kidding, right? Trader Joe's is always packed with people - they have a hard time keeping their food on the shelves. Do you not eat fresh, wholesome and inexpensive foods?

I think Trader Joe's products are very good, fresh and tasty and generally inexpensive. I buy things there like pasta sauce and other specialty meat and fish sauces, pesto, lemon curd - those things are sooo much cheaper at Trader Joe's than Kroger's or Whole Food's. They have a wonderful and vast selection of breads, meats, cereals, nuts, chips, cheeses (their quadruple cream brie is fabulous for parties), dairy products - their cheeses are especially good and different and again, much cheaper than what I'm finding in Louisville. I used to buy all our vitamins and cleaning products there - great selection and less money (and planet friendly).

Their produce is usually very good, fresh and less money. I always used to buy their fresh flowers and plants (spring daffodils, Christmas wreaths & greens, wonderful cheap orchids) - I could never beat the quality or price. The variety of meats is great - their kosher chicken, chicken sausages, chemical-free bacon, bacon wrapped turkey filets, steaks, lunch meats, ready-made foods - so good and less money. They have the best (and most reasonably priced) pasta and whole grain mixes (they have a wild rice blend and whole wheat couscous that is high fiber and so delicious and about 1/2 the price of similar products here).

I used to buy their wonderful sodas for parties - French lemonaid, limeaid, blood orange soda, pomegranite soda, etc....about 50% cheaper than here (when you can find them). Their high quality imported baking chocolate is much cheaper too as are their nuts and dried fruits (large variety from all over the world). I love their speciality foods at Christmas - German cookies and pastries, pepermint hot chocolate, apricot and cranberry studded goat cheese, etc.

For anyone who loves a wide and often changing variety of inexpensive fresh food, Trader Joe's is great. I really miss Trader Joe's being so close to us - I would shop there at least twice a week and sometimes more.
Actually, no I am not kidding. I'm a very healthy and whole foods eater, but I just wasn't that impressed. In all fairness though, maybe it is perhaps, because my regular grocery store (Harris Teeter) is chalk-full of fresh foods , organic meats, cheeses, produce, flowers, baked goods, etc.. We also have several farmer's markets in the area.

I guess if I look at it from a different perspective, like comparing it to the Kroger my parents shop at in Ohio, then I could see the value.

I guess overall, considering the hoopla it came to town with, it didn't live up to my expectations. Sorry if I offended any of the TJ cult.

Off to Starbuck's then Ikea.........
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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Well I like Trader Joe's, mainly because they have some out of the ordinary products at decent prices.

I don't know how many people are aware of this, but they're owned by Aldi.
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:00 PM
 
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I'm being serious when I ask, what is the big appeal to Trader Joe's? I have one 2 minutes from my house and when it opened, it was like a carnival. I went out of curiosity, and boy was I disappointed. To me it's not worth the two minute drive, let alone two hours to Cincy. I don't get it, maybe I'm missing something. I'll admit our Harris Teeters (grocery stores) are about as nice as I've seen and I can get just about anything there - Are the regular grocery stores in Louisville just that bad?

So, other than $2 wine (which is really 3 buck chuck) what is the draw? Please help me understand....
I agree with NCbyChoice its way overrated. I live in Nashville and we have one and the store is small. You can't even buy wine at the Nashville Trader Joes because of the state laws in Tenn. My wife and I walked around the store and we were out in 15 minutes. You guys in Louisville are not missing anything.
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I wonder if we could get the Aldi here to carry some of the more popular products they sell at Trader Joe's?
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Old 10-21-2009, 04:12 PM
 
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Oh my goodness, T Joes is cheaper than all of our local grocery stores. Their prices are always the same, no sale chasing. Their products are amazing. If you haven't tried the food, you must. You can't just walk in and out. You have to try some stuff! They always have food samples, which is great for the kids. Well, I love the coffee samples too!
I would drive 3-4 hours to buy food at T.Joes. It's already an hour for me right now, but I go once a week, so worth it for HEALTHY food, none of the junky stuff. Just read your ingredients on things that you think are healthy from a regular grocery store, chances are the ingredients will include partially hydrogenated soy bean oil, high fructose corn syrup, non-natural colors (red, red 4, yellows, etc) and tons of salt.
For those of you who haven't tried the food, TRY it, it's amazing!!
BTW, the Two buck chuck is actually two buck chuck (not 3) here in California=) Hope they don't mark it up. We buy it all of the time!
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Pewee Valley
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I'd say that TJ's delay to enter the market is probably part of an overall strategy. The economy isn't getting better any time soon. Which means less income to build out with. It also means landlords may be more willing to negotiate on space. It also gives the state of KY time to get our ridiculous laws off the books about alcohol and grocery stores.

Food With Wine Making Kentucky Proud
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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Still no Trader Joes! : (
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I miss TJ's so much - we do go to Ohio Cinci once in a while and load up and take our thermal bags for the frozen things.....~sigh~
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:48 PM
 
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Just moved to Louisville. I'm waiting for TJ's too. WHen someone hears something, please update this post. Thanks.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Go here to send in a request that they build a Trader Joe's in Louisville. Trader Joe's

I don't know if it will make a difference, but it can't hurt.
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