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Feb 27, 2006 09:56 AM

Trader Joe's coming to Atlanta!

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According to today's Atlanta Business Chronicle, Trader Joe's has signed leases for stores in Midtown and Sandy Springs, and is looking at locations in Buckhead and East Cobb. TJ's declined to confirm the leases, but did say the company will enter the Atlanta market by year's end.

Woo hoo!

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  1. Woo hoo is right!!!

    Although I am sure it cannot live up to my expectations, at last we can join in on the many, many TJ's threads.


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    1. re: LizR

      oh, it's pretty good.
      coffee, chocolate. dinner in a jar, dairy, salsas.
      there will be a lot to enjoy.
      I go every couple weeks here in NY

      1. re: fritz

        I've used Trader Joes and while it was awesome in Annapolis, I think that the sheer awesomness of Harry's will keep me going there for the most part.
        But I do love TJ's.

        1. re: AaronB

          I'm from California, now living in N GA mountains. TJ's and Whole Foods were within 15 minutes of my home in CA. I'm so excited about TJs in Atlanta I can't stand it...I'll have to drive 2 hours to get there, but it will be worth the trip...Harry's in Roswell is a great store. Hope TJs is near Harry's. The two stores were the only places I shopped.

          People will love it ...

          Have ice chest, will travel for food....

      2. re: LizR
        Tha Groovin' Gourmet

        Don't know what your expectations are, but I'll wager that TJ's will exceed them. Coolest grocery store on this planet or any other.

      3. how will TJs compare to Harry's?

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        1. re: beteez

          Don't know about TJ's to Harry's but Harry's holds no candle to Your DeKalb Farmer's Market. Smaller but much more interesting.

          1. re: beteez

            While Harrys boasts a fantastic selection of just about anything delectable, they are VERY proud of their merchandise. Prices on most of the meats and seafood border on ridiculous, although it is true that a search for something exotic will usually find Harrys stocking it.
            Trader Joes, on the other hand, boasts a consistent selection of quality products such as 100% kona coffee, or some of the best quality stuffed olives I've personally encountered anywhere. And all at VERY reasonable price. Traders scours the planet for growers who can consistently support the volume needed in order for them to develop and perpetually stock an item. This is always a win win situation for all parties... as the consumer gets superior quality at the best price available...the grower has a guaranteed outlet for his crops... and Trader Joes just keeps expanding the basic principles that have made it the success that it has been for many years. You've gotta love it... GET READY ATLANTA FOR A VERY NICE SURPRISE. Personally, I'm just happy I don't have to carry any more heavy carry-on bags filled with Trader Joes goodies back on my Las Vegas return flights. With the new TSA liquid restrictions, those days are probably gone forever anyway

          2. s
            Sunshine Girl

            As a northeast by-birth girl, Atlantan by schooling/work, and presently an angeleno, I can say that you will love TJs.

            First of all: exceptional price points on things like cheeses, crackers, snack foods, etc. Price points on produce and meat/poultry aren't the best, but they do carry a lot of organic/kosher foods, that are much better priced than say Whole Foods.

            Secondly, TJs is probably most known for "Two buck chuck." Charles Shaw winery produced decent red and white wines for - you guessed it - two bucks. People trying to throw large parties and offering acceptable wine now had a choice besides the "jug o wine." Now, mind you, the wine won't be getting any Wine Spectator 95 points anytime soon, but again, it's "decent" and "cheap."

            I do love TJs. They send out a periodical newsletter that talks about the new additions to the store, some of the stories behind the products, etc.

            The prepared salads and frozen foods are quite nice too, and if you're looking to create your own trail mix, you will be happy going here.


            1. I hate yall - you're soooo lucky!!May-be I need to move back!

              1. HI all, I live in So Cal and I LIVE at TJ's and have done so for 29 years. It's a gem of a find I kid you not. They are so good that I when I lived in San Diego and TJ's was not yet there I used to routinely travel 50 miles north to get to a TJ's. The quality, variety and prices are way over the top. They have so many items I can't mention them all. At least 75% of the stores have people preparing food, handing out samples and giving you the recipes. Many of the employees are well versed in wines as well. This company works very hard to please. Do not discount them until you have given them a chance. If you dont like something take it back-they dont want you to keep it and be unhappy. Thank your lucky stars TJ's is coming to town. BTW-its also a great place to work. I have two friends that love working there. Oh-for your folks who keep kosher look for all the items with certification (hashgacha) and the lists of kosher items they provide for you. Look them up at and read about them.