The line at Trader Joe’s wraps around the store several times. (Photo: Dan McQuade)
The good news: There’s lots of bread at Trader Joe’s. The bad news: You’ll have to wait about a half-hour for it.
The scene at Trader Joe’s right now is what we might call organized chaos. The line starts near the coffee bar, snakes around three aisles, goes back to the aisle near the coffee bar, and eventually makes its way to the registers at the front of the store. An employee says the wait is about 40 minutes.
Or maybe less! “The staff at Trader Joe’s is amazing,” says Suchita Fiorillo, wife of Philly Mag reporter Victor Fiorillo. She stopped by Trader Joe’s just after 9 a.m. to pick up supplies, deciding to opt for street parking after she saw the parking lot nightmare, which included one car hitting another. “The line was wrapped all around the store, but I got into the store and through checkout in 30 minutes with two bags of groceries.” Read more »
My love affair with Trader Joe’s began innocently enough: I was walking back to our offices in Center City from West Philly after checking out the new Herban Quality Eats, and I realized I needed some honey for the next morning’s tea. I was passing by Trader Joe’s at 22nd and Market, so I stopped in. 10 minutes later, I walked out with not just honey — raw organic honey that cost me an impressive $4.99, by the way — but three avocados (99 cents each), some organic dog treats ($2.99!) and a ginger kombucha ($2.79, I believe). My total for all of these items came out to around $15 and my first thought was: This would never happen at Whole Foods.
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Trader Joe’s Raw Cashew Pieces | Photo courtesy Trader Joe’s
Put down the bag of nuts, cashew addicts: According to Food Safety News, Trader Joe’s has recalled some of their Trader Joe’s Raw Cashew Pieces due to potential Salmonella contamination. Read more »
• Trader Joe’s just released their annual Customer Choice Awards winners, i.e. everything you’ll be putting on your grocery list come Sunday. A few of the top picks? Speculoos Cookie Butter (duh), Soy Chorizo (interesting!) and Spiced Cider (yum). [Trader Joe’s] Read more »
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Er, beware exploding ginger beer bottles, fellow Trader Joe’s shoppers. The grocery chain announced a voluntary recall this week of its Triple Ginger Brew soda after reports of unopened bottles of the stuff randomly, well, exploding. Read more »
• While I am totally a Whole Foods devotee, I will admit that Trader Joe’s has some pretty awesome store-brand products. (I’m looking at you, empty jar of Speculoos Cookie Butter.) The folks over at Refinery29 ranked the best Trader Joe’s products of all time and, because I doubt anyone will be buying all 43 of them in one shopping trip, I say you consider this your Trader Joe’s shopping bucket list and work your way through it over the next few months. [Refinery29] Read more »
It’s no secret: people love themselves some Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Almost any time a new mixed-use development is proposed in Philadelphia with enough retail space that could possibly fit a grocery store, residents come out of the woodwork to clamor for a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods.
You know what those people also love? Money. It’s called “Whole Foods Effect” – a real estate phenomenon where property values seemingly rise in areas surrounding the Austin-based organic grocery chain. The presence of a Whole Foods, especially in urban neighborhoods, seems to certify that a home buyer has made a quality choice of settling in that area.
Well, it turns out that it could probably be called the “Trader Joe’s Effect.” RealtyTrac recently ran some of the numbers and came to an interesting conclusion: “What we found is that homeowners near a Trader Joe’s have experienced better home value appreciation since their purchase, but also pay higher property taxes on average.”
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Whole Foods’ beauty selection. | Whole Foods.
Sometimes the best beauty products can be found in the most unexpected places (West Philly’s International Food and Spices, South Philly’s Fante’s). So when we came across this great article breaking down the best finds at Trader Joe’s — think yummy Coconut Body Butter and anti-aging Nourish Antioxidant Facial Serum — we decided to do some digging of our own. Here, Philly Mag’s discerning editors share their favorite go-to beauty buys from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.
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• Did you try a new trail mix from Trader Joe’s only to realize it tastes like total garbage? No worries: Trader Joe’s has an incredibly liberal return policy, meaning you can return anything — no questions asked — as long as you have a receipt. Or to avoid that problem in the first place, just ask to try something new while you’re at the store. They’ll let you try anything as long as you ask first! Good to know, right? That plus more tips to turn you into the savviest Trader Joe’s shopper alive. [Huffington Post]
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You guys like lists, right? Everyone loves lists. And you know what everyone else loves? Trader Joe’s. So what would be perfect right here is a list about things to buy at Trader Joe’s.
Well lucky for you, the list-loving public, the team over at Be Well Philly has spent the last week gathering data from Trader Joe’s fans on their favorite things to buy. That data has now been assembled into a list, and that list includes such things as frozen edamame, the spinach and artichoke dip that everyone whose ever been to a Trader Joe’s ever goes bonkers over, Joe-Joe’s cookies (which truly are awesome) and Cookie Butter (which sounds like it should be awesome but just…isn’t).
Anyway, you can check out the entire list of the 20 Best Thinigs To Buy At Trader Joe’s over at Be Well Philly. Or you can just hang out here and tell me how wrong I am about that whole Cookie Butter thing.
The 20 Best Foods At Trader Joe’s [BeWell]