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User currently offlineboeingfever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 54
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

http://www.kvue.com/news/consumer/Gr...es-coming-to-Austin-147933015.html

All i have to say is about time... If your from SOCAL or lived there then you know why this is a big deal... YES!


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User currently offlineakiss20 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 604 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

Not just Socal, I live in Cambridge and walk every week to the local Trader Joe's. I remember my sister exposing the joys of TJs when she entered college and thinking "ya ya whatever" but I have since become a fanatic! I can't wait to turn 21 so I can start sampling their great beer and wine collections, not that I possibly know what beer or wine is like...   


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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17369 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

Quoting boeingfever777 (Thread starter):
All i have to say is about time... If your from SOCAL or lived there then you know why this is a big deal... YES!

Meh, if Austin already has Central Market and a planet-sized Whole Foods, why would anyone care about Trader Joe's? I'd sell my soul for a Central Market near me, but I have a Trader Joe's down the street that I've only visited once.



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User currently offlinetravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

Whole Foods is an expensive POS store. Trader Joes is much better (and more affordable).

Just my opinion though.


User currently offlineakiss20 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 604 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1132 times:

Quoting travelin man (Reply 3):
Whole Foods is an expensive POS store. Trader Joes is much better (and more affordable).

Just my opinion though.

I wouldn't say Whole Foods is POS. I think they actually have great food (their vegan general tso's chicken is to die for) and really interesting products. They also do a lot of good for the communities they move into (they focus a lot on employee welfare etc etc). But pricey without a doubt. Maybe if I was a 30 year old young professional pulling in a good salary I could shop there, but I am a college student.

TJs has amazing prices if you stay away from their pre-prepared foods. While very tasty, I think that is where they make most of their money. If you stick to raw ingredients and cook yourself, it is very reasonable. I cook entirely for myself and rarely spend more than $50 for the entire week.



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User currently offlinetravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

Quoting akiss20 (Reply 4):
I wouldn't say Whole Foods is POS. I think they actually have great food (their vegan general tso's chicken is to die for) and really interesting products. They also do a lot of good for the communities they move into (they focus a lot on employee welfare etc etc). But pricey without a doubt. Maybe if I was a 30 year old young professional pulling in a good salary I could shop there, but I am a college student.

Yeah, I know. I just think Whole Foods is incredibly overpriced, and it leaves a real bad taste in my mouth (pun intended) to pay $5 for a banana or whatever the hell they charge.


User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17369 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

Quoting travelin man (Reply 3):
Whole Foods is an expensive POS store. Trader Joes is much better (and more affordable).

Well fair trade organic slow growth farm to table kind to trees zero carbon footprint green all natural ain't cheap! But HEB's line of stores are much more competitive with some of the cheaper grocery chains, while offering the high end stuff Whole Foods does. And their flagship line Central Market is the most incredible market I've ever been to--you could fit the average Whole Foods in their produce section. I liked Trader Joe's until I found Wegman's, which I liked until I found Central Market and even most HEB stores.



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User currently offlineboeingfever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 2):

That states your not from CA or have resided there... next. Go marry HEB.

Quoting travelin man (Reply 3):

Indeed, excellent!



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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17369 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

Quoting boeingfever777 (Reply 7):
That states your not from CA or have resided there... next. Go marry HEB.

Eh I was born there and grew up there; are you even in AUS?

Quoting boeingfever777 (Reply 7):
Go marry HEB.

I would if I could. But I also think it's a reasonable question to ask what Trader Joe's brings to AUS. It's like bringing Pollo Loco to Mexico.

[Edited 2012-04-18 17:43:12]


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User currently offlinepanam330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2671 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1100 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 6):
I liked Trader Joe's until I found Wegman's, which I liked until I found Central Market and even most HEB stores.

I *love* Wegman's. It's what I missed most about New York when I moved away for college, and when I move away again, I'll sell my soul to avoid a King Sooper's.

On the topic of grocery stores, are there any decent ones in the Denver metro near DTC? The chains in the area are complete garbage, mostly - but I'll admit I didn't have much time to explore stores.


User currently offlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3660 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1070 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 2):
if Austin already has Central Market and a planet-sized Whole Foods

Living in Houston, we will actually be getting a few Trader Joe's especially one inside the loop. While it will be exciting, nothing beats Central Market and the HEB's inside loop. I've been to the Trader Joe's in the Seattle area, and I didn't find anything too exciting about those other than the Hawaiian flavored bagles. I can find plenty of interesting things at Central Market or the Montrose Village/Buffalo Market HEBs. If I can't find them there I can find them either at 99 Ranch or Super H Mart.

The one place I have yet to visit because it's a bit of a drive is Hubble & Hudson. That I heard rivals Central Market, except it's in the Woodlands.



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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

Trader Joe's is a great store. Fun atmosphere and decent products and prices. Enjoy it!


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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17369 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1067 times:

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 10):
The one place I have yet to visit because it's a bit of a drive is Hubble & Hudson. That I heard rivals Central Market, except it's in the Woodlands.

It's nice and worth a visit, but it's much smaller than Central Market, which is like Disneyworld to me.

Quoting panam330 (Reply 9):
On the topic of grocery stores, are there any decent ones in the Denver metro near DTC?

I'm familiar w/ downtown unfortunately, not the DTC. Whole Foods in Cherry Creek is about as good as it gets, but there are some more ethnic places here and there. There's an Asian grocer near Federal and Colfax but I forget the name. Marczyk is really nice but small and probably not worth a trip from the DTC if you're going to pass Whole Foods. Denver doesn't have a great selection...that I know of yet.

http://marczykfinefoods.com/

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 10):

Living in Houston, we will actually be getting a few Trader Joe's especially one inside the loop.

Don't get me wrong, I like Trader Joe's, but up against HEB, Central Market, Caninos, the Asian mega markets out west, Phoenicia, I don't see what they have to offer. When I lived in the Northeast and it was either drab chains or minimarts Trader Joe's was a godsend, but Houston does not play around when it comes to food.

[Edited 2012-04-18 20:42:15]


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User currently offlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3660 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1057 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 12):
Caninos, the Asian mega markets out west, Phoenicia

I totally forget to consider Canino's. I will say while the new grocery at Phoenicia in Downtown is nice, the eating places I would not recommend.

The only nice thing about Trader Joe's that will actually be inside the Loop is that it will inhabit a former art deco movie theater that used to be the Bookstop. While they maintained the outside of the store, I heard the property owners tore up the art deco feel inside the place. We will see what happens once they open.



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User currently offlinerlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1075 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

Trader Joes is a great store. I miss it. There ae some trader Joes Product in Aldi stores here. And I you look at the similatities between Trader Joes and Aldi it is on purpose. Trader Joes was started by the Aldi guys son. But I hate Aldi.

And Whole Foods in Austin is stupidly expensive. Although it is nice.



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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17369 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1015 times:

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 13):
I will say while the new grocery at Phoenicia in Downtown is nice, the eating places I would not recommend.

Have you been to the one west of Beltway 8? The deli is much better and larger than the one downtown.

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 13):
The only nice thing about Trader Joe's that will actually be inside the Loop is that it will inhabit a former art deco movie theater that used to be the Bookstop.

I forgot about that; still it's flanked with a brand new HEB on one side and Whole Foods on the other. It'll be interesting to see how it does.



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User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1011 times:
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Quoting akiss20 (Reply 4):
vegan general tso's chicken

Am I missing something??

WTF is vegan chicken?



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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1002 times:

Quoting stealthz (Reply 16):
WTF is vegan chicken?

Some "feel good" crap, no doubt.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7762 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 987 times:

I love me some Trader Joe's. I don't go often, maybe every few months, but I always find something new.

What they do well:

Good produce department, that is hampered a bit by its small size. The selection is a bit more seasonal, but I've never been disappointed in the quality.

Dairy/Cheese. Good prices on stuff you don't necessarily find in the mega-marts. Cheese selection is good, stuff that you'd normally need to go to a higher end mega-mart to find.

Floral. In my local TJ's the floral selection is fairly good and prices are reasonable. I almost always walk out with flowers for my lady when I go.

Beer/Wine: Two buck Chuck.... what else need I say.

Their prepared/frozen foods are almost always good and reasonably priced. The GF and I are big fans of their mac and cheese and frozen Indian dinner.

Decent selection and good prices on pantry stock up items.


I suppose it helps that ABQ doesn't have a great selection of better grocery stores. Albertson's and Smith's (Kroger) along Walmart are the major grocery players, with 2(?) Whole Foods. But TJ's thrives in places where there is plenty of competition from better higher end grocers, so I don't see how Texas would be much different. The smaller stores are usually easier to shop in as well. The only downside is the place can be a zoo on the weekends and that every other car in the parking lot is a Subaru or a Prius.



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User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2042 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 952 times:

You know, I've been to Nashville's Trader Joes a few times and it's nice. But if it's so damn great, so damn trend setting, so damn the perfect grocery store, why aren't there 4,000 of them out there? If you have the perfect business plan for redesigning the century old grocery store, why are cities and it's citizens crying over not having one because the company hasn't opened the gold standard of stores there? Why is it that a metropolitan area as big as Nashville with over 1 million people (Nashville and 6 ring counties) makes Trader Joes think that only one store can be supported. I just don't get it.
Makes me think that the sales numbers just don't support the hype. But yea, their cheap 6-packs do rock. Nothing like it after mowing the lawn... or fishing on the boat.. good stuff for the price.



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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17369 posts, RR: 46
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 930 times:

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 19):
. But if it's so damn great, so damn trend setting, so damn the perfect grocery store, why aren't there 4,000 of them out there?

I've wondered about that--I think it's because a lot of the big chains have really cleaned up their act and gone selectively upscale, so they offer people everything that Trader Joe's does, plus a lot more.



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3278 posts, RR: 45
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 928 times:

Good news for Austin!

Now, if only we can get In N Out to get their asses down I-35!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5370 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 925 times:

We got one last year and, to tell the truth, I found them over priced with very little to differentiate them from any other 'boutique' grocery store...or Kroger, for that matter.

And their Two-Buck Chuck is swill.

I'm wondering why they have such a loyal following. A FB friend posted his feelings about Trader Joe's (the same as mine), I commented something about The Swill and one of his friends just about freaked on both of us. It was actually funny, she didn't even need additional prodding. Every couple of hours she would come back and say "further more,...". It made me chuckle.



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User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1517 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 905 times:

Ah yes, Trader Joe's, hipster for Aldi. I honestly think that the only other thing from SoCal that is hyped more is In-N-Out.

-DiamondFlyer


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 887 times:

Quoting travelin man (Reply 3):

Agreed! There is supposed to be a store opening in Boulder, CO soon! Can't wait! Love TJ's!



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25 EA CO AS : Only if you send Texadelphia to get their asses out west to AZ and CA!
26 Post contains images fxramper : The PPI is actually higher at Trader Joe's but their following is willing to pay the premium. You don't need to vomit emotion and ignorance into this
27 MaverickM11 : And that has to do with Trader Joe's how? You need to cool it. I was responding to this:
28 Post contains links and images akiss20 : It is made out of Seitan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheat_gluten_%28food%29 My non-vegetarian family all LOVE it as well
29 Post contains images DesertJets : Since TJ's is privately held we don't really have much info to go on as to how successful they are. That said they are a niche retailer and probably
30 Post contains images akiss20 : Hey that's not entirely fair. You forgot us urbanite, yuppie homosexuals!
31 DesertJets : I though the Subaru comment included y'all (at least the ladies).
32 DocLightning : Whole foods is down the street from our house. I'm 34, make a good salary, and I *STILL* refer to the place as "Whole Paycheck." Yes, the quality is
33 Post contains images fr8mech : I don't know. M mother-in-law bought a case of it for my wife for Christmas and we both found plenty of faults. And, we are not, by any stretch of th
34 AirframeAS : Funny.... I thought the same thing about the Whole Foods clintele as well.... including that awful looking Honda Element that they always drive! Ughh
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