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Sep 12, 2007 06:13 PM

Trader Joes in Bellingham?

Hoping someone local can fill me in on the situation- I was told it would be late September. Has anyone heard anything? Does it look done? I live in Vancouver and cannot wait till i dont have to drive all the way to Everett for my TJ staples!


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  1. What do you need at TJ that you can't get in Vancouver?

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    1. re: HungWeiLo

      Erm...try EVERYTHING! Obviously you do not understand the magic of Trader Joe's. I live in Vancouver too, and I can't wait to go there again. I'm so excited to hear it's opening in the B-ham soon.

      1. re: lotuskitty

        But you guys have the Granville Island public market.

      2. re: HungWeiLo

        Things priced in cheap US Dollars.

      3. Oh, and I've not been enough to suss out 'staples'. What do you recommend?

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        1. re: lotuskitty

          Well, I must confess to being one of the obsessive health concious TJ people- they have lots of frozen stuff that fits within my diet. The pita bread, organic tortillas, indian relish, and turkey/ chicken burgers are great! Granvolle Island is good, but I have an addiction to arugula, and TJ has it consistently, whereas its rather inconsistant and pretty expensive here.

          1. re: lotuskitty

            There are several threads on this very topic in Chains board

          2. TJ's will open 9AM this Friday, Sept. 28th. I live in B'ham and I am excited for TJ's to open. The only two "health" grocery stores are too complacent and charge whatever they like for their food, especially the Coop. Even though TJ's is corporate, I am glad that there will be some meaningful competition for the crunchy grocery stores.

            1. Well, Bellinghamers, how did the opening go?

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              1. re: coney with everything

                That's BellinghamSTers to you, coney. It went well, except you cannot get a parking space for the life of you. There is plenty of cheap cheese, and other products. The veggetarian items are almost 1/2 of what they cost at the local grocery store (that was just bought out by Top Foods). Very nice! Anyway, it feels weird to be shopping at a TJ's in Bellingham, but it's a good addition to the food scene here.

              2. Don't know about Bellingham but rumor has it they are coming to Ballard? Can anyone confirm this? Thanks.

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                1. re: skisvalley

                  That's only a rumour? I'm pretty sure it's been a known fact for a while now. It's in the five story complex going in next to Mike's.

                  1. re: jaydeflix

                    Also heard Target might be going in. Maybe we get both!

                    1. re: skisvalley

                      In that spot, I doubt, unless Target has a 'mini' store version. AFAIK, that site is going to have a TJs and a gym. Now, the spot where Whole Foods is going down in Interbay... That's a prime location and a realllly big spot and I could easily see it being both a target and a whole foods.

                  2. re: skisvalley

                    I don't know if you've read the story in the PI about the lady in Ballard that wouldn't sell her house for $1Million. The developers are building around her, but apparently that's where the TJ's will be located. Right next to Mike's Chili.

                    1. re: dave_c

                      crikey, I wish someone would offer a mill for my house. I'd be gone in a NY minute!