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Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:06 am

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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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:16 am

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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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:21 am

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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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:23 am

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

Just my opinion though.
 
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:28 am

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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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:30 am

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.
 
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:30 am

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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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:35 am

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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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:41 am

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.

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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:23 am

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.
 
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:27 am

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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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:29 am

Trader Joe's is a great store. Fun atmosphere and decent products and prices. Enjoy it!
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:37 am

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.

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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:47 am

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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Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:26 am

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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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:09 pm

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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Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:15 pm

Quoting akiss20 (Reply 4):
vegan general tso's chicken

Am I missing something??

WTF is vegan chicken?
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Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:09 pm

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

Some "feel good" crap, no doubt.
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:14 pm

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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Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:20 pm

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.
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:42 am

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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Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:00 am

Good news for Austin!

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

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Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:05 am

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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Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:57 am

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.

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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:41 am

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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Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:25 am

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 21):
Good news for Austin!

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

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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:45 am

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

The PPI is actually higher at Trader Joe's but their following is willing to pay the premium.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 8):
Eh I was born there and grew up there; are you even in AUS?

You don't need to vomit emotion and ignorance into this thread. Boeingfever777 was a corporate trainer and regional manager for Whole Foods before he worked for Best Buy.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 21):
Now, if only we can get In N Out to get their asses down I-35!

Wait for it... Also, hit me up tomorrow or this weekend. You know I'm in AUS till Tuesday.

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 22):
And their Two-Buck Chuck is swill.

I know people on the east coast that would pay $30 for a bottle at Total Wine that tell me when they were in California $2 buck Chuck was equal in deliciousness.   
 
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:47 pm

Quoting fxramper (Reply 26):
Boeingfever777 was a corporate trainer and regional manager for Whole Foods before he worked for Best Buy.

And that has to do with Trader Joe's how?

Quoting fxramper (Reply 26):
You don't need to vomit emotion and ignorance into this thread

You need to cool it. I was responding to this:

Quoting boeingfever777 (Reply 7):
That states your not from CA or have resided there... next.
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:19 pm

Quoting stealthz (Reply 16):
Quoting akiss20 (Reply 4):
vegan general tso's chicken

Am I missing something??

WTF is vegan chicken?

It is made out of Seitan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheat_gluten_%28food%29

My non-vegetarian family all LOVE it as well

Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 17):
Some "feel good" crap, no doubt.

 
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:30 pm

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 20):
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.

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 don't feel the need to have 1,000+stores nationwide. It seems like Nashville could easily support more than one store on the sheer size of the metro, Albuquerque/Santa Fe metro is also a touch over a million and there are three TJ's.

At the end of the day TJ's isn't a full-service grocery store, plain and simple. Though I do agree that the major chains have generally stepped up their game -- but it does vary depending on which part of town you are in. For example I live more or less equidistant between two different Smith's stores that cannot be more than 3 miles apart. One is rather average (but still fairly good) and the other is decidedly more upscale (ex the upscale one has Boar's Head products in deli, the other doesn't).

I go maybe once every few months, though if I wanted to I could probably get 75-80% of what I'd normally buy elsewhere there. I go because I enjoy shopping there much more so than most other stores -- I suspect that is where a lot of their loyalty comes from. And those select few products that the GF and I really like and buy each time we go there.

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 22):
And their Two-Buck Chuck is swill.

Its a two dollar bottle of wine. That said if you ever watched the BBC Series James and Oz Drink to America they go to the Charles Shaw winery. And Frank Oz is a wine snob is there ever was one and he couldn't find huge faults with their wine for what it was. Thankfully for those who want something better TJ's wine selection is pretty decent for a grocery store.

Quoting DiamondFlyer (Reply 23):
Ah yes, Trader Joe's, hipster for Aldi.

TJ's is too mainstream for hipsters. TJ's clientele are aging tree-hugging, hybrid (or Subaru) driving liberal hippies..... gotta keep your stereotypes straight.  
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:34 pm

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 29):
Quoting DiamondFlyer (Reply 23):
Ah yes, Trader Joe's, hipster for Aldi.

TJ's is too mainstream for hipsters. TJ's clientele are aging tree-hugging, hybrid (or Subaru) driving liberal hippies..... gotta keep your stereotypes straight.

Hey that's not entirely fair. You forgot us urbanite, yuppie homosexuals!    
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:06 pm

Quoting akiss20 (Reply 30):
You forgot us urbanite, yuppie homosexuals!

I though the Subaru comment included y'all (at least the ladies).
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:08 pm

Quoting akiss20 (Reply 4):
Maybe if I was a 30 year old young professional pulling in a good salary I could shop there,

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 excellent, but TJ's is hardly inferior and much cheaper.
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:48 pm

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 29):
Its a two dollar bottle of wine. That said if you ever watched the BBC Series James and Oz Drink to America they go to the Charles Shaw winery. And Frank Oz is a wine snob is there ever was one and he couldn't find huge faults with their wine for what it was. Thankfully for those who want something better TJ's wine selection is pretty decent for a grocery store.

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 the words, wine snobs. But, I know what tastes good...and the wife and I agree...SWILL.  

Again, I don't see much to differentiate them from any other grocer. Not worth the extra 5 minutes on the road to get to them.
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RE: Trader Joes To Austin, TX

Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:37 pm

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 29):
TJ's clientele are aging tree-hugging, hybrid (or Subaru) driving liberal hippies.....

Funny.... I thought the same thing about the Whole Foods clintele as well.... including that awful looking Honda Element that they always drive! Ughh!!!! Just the other day, I was at a Whole Foods. What was a turn off to me seeing two hippie men playing a banjo at the entrance with their funky caps and hair weave (do they even wash their hair?!). It is funny because they promote a healthy lifestyle but they smell like HELL! I don't think they shower.... Gross.
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