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Apr 04, 2007

Trader Joe's -- Hell Yeah, Baby!!!


I visited the new Trader Joe's in Cary last week, and it was hard to quit beaming the whole time I was there.  In my right hand, a bottle of $2.99 Sauvignon Blanc (perfectly decent), and in my left hand, two ~10 oz. logs of goat cheese, ~$3.95 each.  I was pretty psyched to have a "local" Trader Joe's for my springtime in Raleigh, but wow am I excited now that one is coming this fall to Eastgate in Chapel Hill!

See below for article from the Durham Herald-Sun.

And please, if you know anything bad about Trader Joe's' buying or hiring practices, please wait a week or so before you tell me.  I'm really enjoying this happiness thing.


Trader Joe's is on the way to Eastgate
April 3, 2007   7:37 pm
by Neil Offen, Herald-Sun

CHAPEL HILL -- Trader Joe's, the eclectic, low-priced specialty grocery store, is coming to Chapel Hill.

The owner of the Eastgate shopping center, Federal Realty Investment Trust, confirmed Tuesday the long-rumored opening of the California-based chain at the former location of Earth Fare in the northeastern Chapel Hill shopping center.

Trader Joe's, known for its quirky selection of house brand products, will open a 13,000-square-foot store by the late fall, Federal Realty announced.

"Trader Joe's complements the unique merchandise mix and provides the residents of Chapel Hill more variety in their neighborhood shopping choices," said Chris Weilminster, Federal's senior vice president of leasing.

[End excerpt.  Full article here at the Herald-Sun.]

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Look how cute and happy you are!!

Posted by: Stew | Apr 4, 2007 7:14:29 AM

Cute and happy for sure!

There have been times in my guy history that I would have liked to emulate the Matt Dillon-like cool (you know, as a way to impress chicks), but it's so obvious that I could never embrace that persona. Happily cute is the way I go, that's for damned sure!

Posted by: Phil | Apr 4, 2007 5:02:58 PM

I think TJ's does great by their workers, and they seem to offer lots of opportunities for local producers of yummy stuff (their lack of megasourcing is apparent in the variety you see from store to store). The only thing I don't like is their replenishment-oriented packaging: no bulk foods, a wall of cereal boxes (no bagged cereals), and 'SKU-unit' produce. My (perhaps inadequate) response is to just not buy any of the things in these categories (grains, produce) at TJ's.

Posted by: Dave | Apr 10, 2007 9:10:57 PM

Trader Joe's rawks!

Posted by: Crouching Hamster | Apr 18, 2007 8:47:19 PM

Trader Joe's rawks!

Posted by: Crouching Hamster | Apr 18, 2007 8:48:33 PM