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ob2s Sep 12, 2006 10:34 PM

So Trader Joes corp office says the 1st metro ATL TJ's opens in Roswell on or around 16 October. So some say they have seen the sign and mentioned something like 'party city plaza on 92'. I live in town so I don't know Roswell. Where is this place, so that someone driving from 400 can find it ? Thanks

PS TJ's corp office wouldn't give an address.

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    Milt Sep 14, 2006 10:34 PM

    Trader Joe's has a building under construction in Cobb County on Johnson Ferry Road at Roswell Road. This might be the Roswell reference you heard about. I believe it will have a Marietta address, rather than Roswell. It is about midway between the two cities.

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      HaagenDazs Sep 21, 2006 08:27 PM

      This Trader Joe's you mentioned is not in Cobb, rather it's in Fulton. The location you mentioned is correct, but the city is quite positively Sandy Springs - in fact, you can't get much more "dead center" Sandy Springs than this. I'm unsure of the exact address, but it's in the Sandy Springs Plaza shopping center. There's a Pier 1 and a Wolf Camera in there. Anyway, after emailing with a Trader Joe's customer service rep, there are now 3 confirmed Trader Joe's locations! The Roswell store (address listed below), the Sandy Springs store, and the Midtown store.

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        Milt Sep 24, 2006 08:17 PM

        Our street names continue to confuse all of us. There is a Johnson Ferry and Roswell (run north-south) in Sandy Springs - near Sandy Springs Plaza. There is also a Johnson Ferry and Roswell (runs east-west) in Cobb County between Marietta and Roswell. The Fulton County Roswell Road is (or was) Hwy 9 and the Cobb County Roswell Road is Hwy 120.

        It sounds like eventually there will be enough Trader Joe's for all of us. In the meanwhile, the first one to open is sure to be jammed - at least until the second one opens.

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      rageorge Sep 14, 2006 10:59 PM

      There's also one opening on Monroe Drive in Midtown Atlanta although I don't know how soon. It's in the shopping center that includes the movie theatre and the Vietnamese restaurant, Nam (a great restaurant by the way in case you haven't tried it).

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        ob2s Sep 16, 2006 12:16 AM

        I called Trader Joe's

        The FIRST to open in Metro ATL is the Roswell location
        635 W. Crossville Road
        Roswell,GA 30075

        Opening on or around (+-2 days) 16 October.

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          EmmettCloud Sep 21, 2006 01:25 AM

          There's a sign on Roswell Road at the Sandy Springs Plaza (in Sandy Springs) that says a Trader Joe's in coming soon. I don't know anything about the other locations.

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            GA Peach Sep 29, 2006 02:02 PM

            The store in Roswell on Crossville Rd is opening OCT 20th !!!!
            I called the store number listed on a job posting. This store is near Roswell High School and Hwy 92 which becomes Holcombe Bridge. I can not wait. It has got to be better than whole foods or Fresh market.

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              ob2s Oct 3, 2006 03:28 AM

              It is not better just different. Cheaper for sure, but you can't really take a recipe and go there and get what you need. They excel at inexpensive wine and beer, snacks, frozen foods, off the wall stuff. You may be disappointed at first but it grows on you. Enough that I import stuff when I travel for work.

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              Milt Sep 30, 2006 02:48 AM

              Today I drove slowly enough to be able to read the sign. Pinestraw Place, which is under construction on the SE corner of Johnson Ferry Road and Roswell Road in Marietta will include a Trader Joe's. No opening date yet.

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                ob2s Oct 19, 2006 07:04 PM

                Well it opens tommorrow at 9AM. As I had predicted, it will be without beer and wine. I was wondering how TJ's would get around the stupid good ole boy law of having to use existing distributors since they brand much of their own wine. Welcome to basakward Georgia, Trader Joe's, home of good ole boys (still makin' them rules) and transplants (ie your customers).

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                  LizATL Oct 19, 2006 08:02 PM

                  Well, I agree that it is super annoying that they are having an issue with the GA distributors, and I have railed against our GA system online before, but I feel compelled to add that bizarre and restrictive liquor laws are not just something that is limited to the south. In New York, you can't buy wine in the grocery store. In Canada, you have to buy beer in special stores. Don't even ask about the Philly area. Good old boys (read "greedy controlling bastards") are everywhere.

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                    HoneybeeSF Oct 19, 2006 08:05 PM

                    It's the same in Massachusetts too! You have to go to a "package" store for alcohol! Until recently, the "packie" wasn't even open on Sundays. S'why I live in San Francisco now and LOVE being able to buy wine at TJ's whenever I want (which is quite frequently)

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                      Dax Nov 14, 2006 08:47 PM

                      As an fyi, this is not the case in Boston anymore. You can buy beer, wine and even certain spirits at many area grocery stores.

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                      ob2s Oct 20, 2006 04:46 PM

                      yes but GA is unique in their limitation of brands that can be sold. sure there are many munis that limit where you can buy it, but I don't like the boys controlling what I buy. So beer and wine is due in November, but just brands that are not TJ's at first (read 3 dollar charles). All the goods are being trucked from Chicago. A long way to go until a dist center is setup here. My cashier was from Jersey and moved to Powder Sprangs, yee haa. I asked him what he thought of the 'Sprangs' and he said he liked his new house. Surprise.

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                      vicki Oct 25, 2006 06:04 PM

                      Regardless whether they have wine or beer, I'm happy TJ's is in the Southeast. I live almost two hours from Roswell and am happy to make the trip every couple weeks to stock up. My county is DRY, so no wine at TJ's is no big deal.

                      I've been a TJ shopper since they first opened in California.

                      I shopped opening day at the Roswell store and couldn't have been happier. My pantry is filled with TJ products and items I'm familiar with and missed having since I moved to Georgia.

                      I've never had a problem taking a list and finding all the items I need for a recipe. When you know the store and its products, you realize it's all there.

                      1. HaagenDazs Nov 14, 2006 08:01 PM

                        TJ's in Sandy Springs will be opening this Friday 11/17/06!

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                          wombatchow Nov 22, 2006 08:29 PM

                          i have been in SF for 15 years and will not shop there anymore. TJ's used to be a great place to get exposed to unique mom and pop food stuffs. Now, its no different than Safeway - relentlessly replacing the brands with in-house generics. I can count the number of independent brands on one hand now - and I'm sure they'll be replaced soon if its popular. This Walgreen-ing of our consumer options has to stop - support your local producers and markets !

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                            gifted gourmet Nov 25, 2006 07:15 PM

                            Went to the new Atlanta Trader Joe's in Sandy Springs on Roswell Road last week ... it is a bit small but I found a lot of wonderful items for my Thanksgiving dinner ... crisp frisee,huge roasted cashews, dried fruits, butternut squash bisque, candies, inexpensive olive oils, crackers of all types, fresh haricots verts, multicolored peppers, etc etc ... I have loved Trader Joe's for ages and always stocked up when I was in California visiting my daughter ... now I can use my empty suitcase for other things Californiaesque ... small but a wondrous food treasure trove that place!

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