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Montgomeryville Trader Joe's in progress!

For the local TJ's fans, I was in English Village at the jewelry shop today, the TJs sign is up, and they are hiring. I could hear lots of construction noises from inside, so they are making progress towards opening. I cannot wait! it's going to be so much easier to get to.

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  1. Wow. /reads info on TJs on Chains forum. Hope they have decent hours.

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    1. re: givemecarbs

      i believe their standard hours are 9-9 7 days/week. yay for Nov 18 (below)!

      1. re: jujuthomas

        Not too shabby, thanks. I tried to go to Costco's about 7pm on saturday night. Keep forgetting they close at six on sat.

    2. Hooray! I wenr to English Village for an Ann Taylor run on Saturday and saw signs up that they are hiring too, I was so excited! I would just be awesome if they open before the holidays, they have the best cheese and apps for holiday parties. If not, I'm stuck making the trek out to Jenkintown!

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      1. re: AmblerGirl

        I was in the Trader Joe's in Jenkintown and asked about the new Montgomeryville store. It's supposed to open around November 18. Can't wait but it's going to be hard to park in English Village.

        1. re: Red Head

          /marks date on calender and crosses fingers!

        2. Opens Friday November 14. 9am Ribbon cutting ceremony.

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          1. re: cheesewit

            I hope they have lots of free samples! I've never been to a TJ's.

              1. re: cheesewit

                Aw man! I'm going to miss it... ok, so I'd still rather be on vacay, but I've never been to a TJs opening!

                1. re: jujuthomas

                  I am going to miss the opening too. But I am not passing up a week in Florida. I will hear all about it when I get home.

                  1. re: crazyspice

                    What part of Fla crazyspice? You are gonna post about your southern eating experiences right?

                    1. re: givemecarbs

                      The original plan and hopefully still is ~ 4 days in the Keys (Islamorada) and the rest of the week in Fort Lauderdale. I've been on the Florida board getting tons of recs.

                      We have a very sick dog. If he isn't doing well after the weekend, DH will stay home and I will just do the Keys part to visit my dad. It is beautiful there!

                      I will report back!

                2. re: cheesewit

                  Does anyone know of they have anything planned on friday for their grand opening? I am thinking of stopping by after work. I'm so excited.

                  1. re: AmblerGirl

                    How sick is this that we are planning our weekend around freaking food store opening. We all need to get lives !! (grin)

                    1. re: PattiCakes

                      We should start a tailgate in the parking lot :) It will be like a grateful dead concert but for foodies!

                      1. re: AmblerGirl

                        What time is everyone going? I thought it was opening next week while I am away.

                        1. re: crazyspice

                          Crazyspice, they must have heard that you were going away and decided to open early. :) Wear your dancing shoes! I wonder if they would give us hounds some sort of group deal. Like let us in early for a guided tour or something?

                            1. re: crazyspice

                              Be prepared for a long line outside. It's amazing how TJ's draws earlybirds to grand openings. I've been to 5. (I'm in the food industry and have been in charge of sales with a supplier to TJ's)

                              1. re: crazyspice

                                Be prepared for a long line. It's amazing how TJ's grand openings draw so many earlybirds. I've been to 5 and each one has been very busy (I'm in the food industry and have been in charge of sales with a supplier to TJ's).

                                1. re: crazyspice

                                  This is so exciting! John and I are stopping by but not until sixish pm. I might make an early run without him!

                                  1. re: givemecarbs

                                    This is a sickness, people! Tailgating? Meeting as a group for a TJ opening? First it was Assi Market, then Costco, now Trader Joe's. Where will it all end?? Hope you will be wearing nametags?

                                    You should really be organizing a tailgate with nothing but TJ food.

                                    1. re: PattiCakes

                                      Too Funny! I'll drive up 309 in the morning. If it is crazy there, I will skip the reunion. If I show up I will be the one with the rose in my teeth. ;-D

                                        1. re: cosmodog

                                          cosmodog - I'm with you - what's the big deal about a store opening. They're going to have the same goods 3 weeks for now. What's the need to rush in this weekend. I had the same feelings about Wegman's (which I love). I'd been to a number of Wegman's in NY when I was a traveling consultant. I knew what the store was about. I waited for the gawkers to get their fill and then I showed up - about a month after they opened. Same thing with PF Changs and CPK in Plymouth Meeting. I don't get the "Grand Opening" hype!

                                          1. re: bucksguy14

                                            It's all about the buzz, baby! You are right, though. I'd rather wait for the initial craziness to die down, as well as the to-be-expected staff/operations glitches. On the hypocrital side, however, if I didn't have to work today I'd probably mosey on over just to see if I could find some fellow ChowHounds. THAT could be fun.

                                            1. re: PattiCakes

                                              Come after work Patti! John and i gonna be there around sixish, he wants to pick up an app too but we can't stay long. Card tourney 2nite. Do they take checks at TJ?

                                              1. re: givemecarbs

                                                Don't know if they take checks, but they might take Russians....

                                                6ish might be good. Depends on what time I get outta Center City & if the trains are not SNAFU, as they were last night.

                                                1. re: PattiCakes

                                                  Well John is Irish so I'm outta luck he he. Leaving now to pick up Johnnie. Gnna bring a stuffed dog with me. Thought about howling constantly in the store to identify myself but decided not to. Maybe John will. Arrrooooooo!

                          1. re: AmblerGirl

                            Usually, the first 100 people in line each day of opening weekend get a Trader Joe's shopping bag made of recycled plastic bottles. Sampling of products goes on on opening day as well as the rest of the weekend. Sometimes, they hold a drawing for a bag of goodies.

                            1. re: cheesewit

                              I got a TJ bag as a "prize" at the Jenkintown store. I got "caught" dancing in the isles ala Elaine from Seinfeld. ;-D

                        2. OK, reporting back on the new TJ's. Its really nice, more spacious than the other TJs in the area (Jenkintown, Media, Valley Forge). All the usual items you'd expect at TJs. The staff was exceptionally nice, I was really impressed. Will I go back? Of course!!!!!!!!!!!

                          Last night was a bit crowded, as expected, but I was expecting alot more hoopla going on. They had a reggae guy playing music which was nice, but they only were giving out one sample (at least when I was there). I was kind of hoping for lots of free samples, contests or giveways, freebies. Regardless, I still wound up buying a full shopping cart of food. I love their cheese selection!!!!

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                          1. re: AmblerGirl

                            I went there with John. The reggae guy made things fun, and it was easier to wave my beanie babie daschund around without attracting too much attention. At one point my little stuffed doxie was dancing to the steel drum but alas did not attract any fellow chowhounds. I expected more samples too, at least you were allowed to get seconds. One hungry guy (not John) was on his fourth cherry bread stuffing. I did score a little sample of coffee too. I couldn't get John to howl, just because he was picking up a job application. He likes the idea of heading to work in a colorful shirt. We didn't have much time so I grabbed a cranberry walnut tart. The flavors were very intense and bright, counterbalanced by a nice buttery crust. It is certainly perfect if you want a small slice of something because a big slice would just be overwhelming. As I am a total TJs noob I would love to hear what is good to buy at this local TJs. Going to head over to Chains again for more suggestions.

                            1. re: givemecarbs

                              I got a whole cartful of goodies, but weant to recommend their peppermint cheesecake. I brought it to a "girls night" last night and it was so good. Peppermint cheesecake with crusked oreos on top. Here is the kicker - it was only $1.99 (not a typo). Delish. I also bought the frozen spinach and artichoke dip and served them it their mini whole wheat pitas and that was a huge hit with my friends.

                              I am right now drinking their gingerbread coffee that I bought on Friday and it is wonderful.

                              I am also a big fan of their wine infused salamis - chianti and pinot grigio.

                              Their tri-tip sirloin is also really good, and you cannot get that cut at lots of places.

                              I'm also a big fan of their sesame oil, truffle oil, sesame crackers and eggplant dip. They are all staples in my pantry.

                              And don't get me started on their cheese selection - I got some of their stoppofortshire (spelling?) blue on Friday and its so yummy.

                              1. re: AmblerGirl

                                was there yesterday with Mrs. Starving and we had a blast. She's a Veg so there was plenty for her to eww and ahh at. Never saw so many happy workers, what a pleasure shopping there. I made a day of it, eating at Iron Hill Brewery, little pricey but very good quality, then across the street to Whole Foods which is also a great spot for shopping.

                                1. re: IamStarving

                                  Did they have the reggae guy playing Iam? That certainly makes it festive! Well it is sunday night and I only managed three trips there so far. Sniff. I went to Costco and then TJ for a crazy marathon. When I got home I was kinda dazed and still hungry. :) I got to Costco late and only got cheese samples. They were amazing. TJs still just offered the stuffing and coffee for samples but over by the bakery there was an open bag of some sort of yummy nan bread just on top of some merchandise on an end-cap. A couple of slices were spread out enticingly. If I understand my TJ's culture, it was okay to help myself to a slice I hope. Because I did and it was quite tasty. I had bought my own TJ's bag by now, the big insulated one for only 1.99 so when I paid for my stuff they entered me in a drawing for free because I brought my own bag. /crosses fingers. I told them when they asked that I found everything just fine except fellow chowhounds. I also mentioned that the expectation was for more free samples as it seemed like they only had the stuffing all weekend. Shrug. So i was starving and I pan fried up a tJs premium black angus ny strip. It was soo good. I noticed the sell by date was 11-25 and I was wondering if the steak would have kept that long in my fridge?

                          2. we went by yesterday afternoon to pick up a few things - the parking lot was nuts and the lines were awful! We actually only got 3 or so things because we still had to hit giant and do lots of post-vacay laundry. But the staff was really nice and they were playing some plinko-type game where if your order rang up to an even dollar amount you got to drop a chip down this peg board. the second person we saw do it won anything she wanted in the store. she was stunned - I would be too! anyway, stock of some things was a little low but I got my steel cut oats and some pasta arrabiata.

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                            1. re: jujuthomas

                              juju I was wondering what that game was about! Made up some of the vegetable biryani I got there and tossed in some of their frozen shrimp. I was very pleased with the whole cost effort taste ratio for my meal. The curry was a bit too sweet to suit me perfectly and my friend only wanted a taste because he doesn't like any kind of peppers but for that price and that convenience I'm glad I have more in my freezer. Next time I'll try the biryani with chicken.

                              1. re: givemecarbs

                                Well, we went over to TJ's this afternoon. The parking lot was so full, I had to drive around looking for a space. The store was not completely mobbed, but there were lots of folks in there. I think it is a very nice store. I am not one for frozen foods, but we picked up a number of things for Thanksgiving that won't be a problem because of being frozen. I think it will be a great compliment to Whole Foods. They did not have ground chicken, but I picked up some ground turkey for Eddie's "special" food. I for one will be happy if we can get all the dogs eating the same food again! There weren't many samples being offered, but we were told about the drawing when you bring your own bags in. I bought another one today.

                                1. re: crazyspice

                                  The other shops are probably being helped by TJs. Thinking about stopping there for some pie or cake tonight. I used to think of WF as my neighborhood bakery but TJs might replace them for that. Must do more research!!!

                                  1. re: givemecarbs

                                    I think WF has a great bakery. But, if Wegman's was closer I would use their bakery.

                                    Research is a good thing! ;-)

                                    1. re: crazyspice

                                      Oh my, Wegman's! The one in warrington is open 24 hours. Greatest late night munchie run ever. I don't do it often but once in a great while when I can't sleep and I have not much to nibble on that place has so got me covered. Once last summer around two am I got two slices of cheesecake, an apple pie, a sirloin strip steak and some sesame chicken from the prepared food section. I was going to get a shrimp cocktail but I managed to restrain myself. :)

                                  2. re: crazyspice

                                    Does anyone have a clue when the Fresh Foods (I think that's what it's called) is opening in the Lowes/Sam's Club shopping center on Welsh Road? I am not familiar with the chain. Enlighten me.

                                      1. re: crazyspice

                                        Beats me. My sis told me & she's not exactly Ms. Reliable. It is "Fresh Something".

                                      2. re: PattiCakes

                                        I just checked. It is a Fresh Market! VERY exciting. I have been to the one in Lehigh Valley a number of times. Love that store. It is a cross between Whole Foods and a main stream market. You made my day brining this up!!

                                2. Guess this is turning into a thread on the new Montgomeryville TJ's Might as well keep going on this one or should we start a new one? Anyhow, I stopped by to grab a dessert and some extra good looking fresh string beans for Thanksgiving. The chowhounds are right about TJs! I was warned and I did not take heed. So fifty four dollars later and no string beans....:) Well they at least changed the stuffing sample. It is now stuffing with walnuts. I tried the premade ready to grab salad, walnuts with gorgonza. When I got it home and stuck my fork into it I thought wow I guess they dressed it really lightly, makes sense if they are going to keep it a long time. About half way through I moved some leaves to go trolling for more cheese and walnuts and there at the bottom was a plastic packet of vineagrette. Doh! I had to dash out again after I tried a few bites of the salad With dressing. When I returned to my salad about three hours later it was even tastier for having "marinated". I cheated and added some leftover fresh blueberries and (blush) a few extra walnuts that I had bought to make the cranberry compote for thursday. It was really tasty and light, I know I'm going to be cooking and eating heavily soon enough so it hit the spot. I was going to save the chocolate almond torte for Thanksgiving but it kept looking at me. Happy sigh. It was very chocolaty and satisfying. My friend came with me to TJs and he got the butternut squash soup. It was very satisfyig and we both liked it a lot. A third taster deemed it too sweet though. My checkout experience was certainly unique. I swiped my card and it didn't work. The cashier instructed me to take part of a plastic bag she handed me and swipe the card and some of the plastic together. I couldn't manage it but my friend finally did it for me, he said it was hard. When the cashier told me that the machine was wearing out due to heavy use or something I couldn't help but make some lame joke about how TJs had been at this location for awhile and really needed to spring for some new equipment. Personally I think if they are going to be this charming tropical trading post they should at least let us barter. :)

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                                  1. re: givemecarbs

                                    Too funny! I went to WF this morning to pick up fresh rosemary for my T-day prime rib and spent $60! Since it is my actual birthday today, I splurged on a chocolate croissant.

                                    I digress as we are on a TJ's thread. I drove by yesterday afternoon and the parking lot was ridiculous so I made my Costco stop instead. I don't think the parking situation was well thought out. I hope it doesn't hurt their potential there.

                                    1. re: crazyspice

                                      Happy birthday! Yeah the parking sucks plus it is not all that easy to get to if you are coming from montgomeryville. Shoulda opened it where Vidalia was. Mmmm prime rib...

                                      1. re: givemecarbs

                                        carbs, that sounds like my experience last time I went to TJs w/o a list! WHOOT! somethin like 6 bags later... lol. too funny about the salad.

                                        Happy birthday Crazy, how's the dog?

                                        I had my TJ's steel cut oats yesterday for breakfast - yum! I might have to run by tomorrow for something to take to the MILs Thursday.

                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                          Hey juju ~ Thanks for asking about Eddie! He's plugging along. Maybe after Thanksgiving, TJ's will be easier to visit. At least until the week before Christmas. I just don't think it is going to be my choice before WF.

                                          1. re: crazyspice

                                            Ha! I found the secret for shopping at TJs! I stopped in when I was really pressed for time early this evening and only had ten minutes. Got some carrot juice and the chicken and avocado salad with goat cheese and honey mustard dressing hidden in a packet under the leaves. Got some black bean and cheese taquitos from the frozen section for later and a tuna salad sandwich on foccacia and got out of there for under fifteen dollars. It wasn't easy. For samples they had little slices of pizza to try, available in the frozen food section as a whole pie, and clementines. Despite the sampling thread raging in the Not About Food board I admit to going back for a second tiny slice of pizza. The clementines were okay, I think the tuna was good but I didn't have time to read all the ingredients and I was eating it in the dark in my car before class (the car was parked at least.) and couldn't figure out why the sandwich had a slightly musty or moldy taste. I looked at it when I got home and it was just the rosemary in the bread. I would get the sandwich again but on different bread, I don't think the rosemary works here, but I'm not gonna take it back or anything. The taquitos are great for a snack. I only nuked up one and it hit the spot. I really liked the salad and would get it again. I am a sucker for anything with even a couple of small slices of avocado on it though. I see why people like TJs, it seems like a wonderful grazing pasture. I had plenty of food at home but I was bored with all of it and wanted something different, but I didn't want to cook anything major before I can freeze or eat all that turkey and ham. People make pots of chili or soup and stew and just eat that for lunch and dinner for three days straight. Of course I could do that if I had to but it gets dull. So TJs gave me what I wanted, new food but not too much of it and not too much money. I used to try to do that at Whole Foods but it would always end up being at least thirty bucks. Next time I stop at TJs if I have too much time to browse I think I will hire a small child to tug at my arm and whine "mommy mommy I'm bored, can we go now?"

                                  2. trader joes has good olive oil and cheese at great prices. the staff at any tj's are awsome
                                    one of the few places i shop at where the employees actually seem to care

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                                    1. re: mrporkbelly

                                      Decided to stock up on snacks for possible snow storms. Hey! That's my story and I'm sticking to it! I only really needed milk so of course I ended up with a thirty five dollar tab. The snowflake pretzels are gone!!!!! But I did get a wedge of brie and some crustie bread and some apples and some chocolate croissants to bake. I had run out of those Lindt truffles that my friend John turned me onto, so at the last minute I grabbed some french truffles. They come in a big red box but the truffles are sealed in a foil bag. They are so very good. Tender and chocolatey with a great mouth feel and a cocoa dusting. Perfect for a dismal wintry day or nite. Please tell me the french truffles aren't a holiday item and that they have them year round?

                                      1. re: givemecarbs

                                        I'm new to Trader Joe's. The English Village one is the only TJ's I've been to. I'm curious how this one compares to others. Is it representative? Smaller? I enjoyed going and found some good things, but it wasn't THAT exciting. Maybe I just don't get it, yet.??

                                        1. re: watercress

                                          I'm with you, watercress. I don't get it either. I've been to TJs out west and this one seems smaller to me. However, I don't find it very interesting and, after having been to the North Wales store 3 times, I've walked out each time without buying a thing. I think you can do better right across 309 at Whole Foods (or for sure at my favorite store - Wegmans' in Warrington!). Don't plan to go back to TJs.

                                          1. re: bucksguy14

                                            For me, whole foods = whole paycheck. I have to use a lot of resolve just to chart a path through produce pausing briefly and then directly to the bakery ending with a dash past the prepared foods to the register to get out of there still solvent.

                                            1. re: givemecarbs

                                              Like shopping in any store, if you don't go with some basic plan, plan to spend more than you should! Or, maybe it's just a guy thing - you know - we don't shop, we buy!!

                                              1. re: bucksguy14

                                                He he he! Yeah the whole deer in the headlights thing doesn't seem to be working for me. Not that I'm going Anywhere tonite.

                                                1. re: givemecarbs

                                                  What a drag! We could have had a great time!

                                    2. Year of the Squid: It's been a very rough six weeks for me, so I stopped in the candy/toy store just now. :) I got belgium chocolate pudding in the refrigerated section, a pound plus bittersweet chocolate bar with almonds. and the choctal ice cream sampler. Just for good measure I got some cashew caramel cookies too. While I was waiting in line I checked out a packet of snacking green beans. Apparently they are lightly fried and seasoned and looked very good. I couldn't bear to buy anything that sensible to snack on today, but I was wondering if anyone has tried them? In my defense I did get a loaf of very fresh and tasty french bread and the second to last bundle of aparagus for dinner. He he! I love that place. They even have a poster or something now of a squid holding an item in each tenacle. It says but I only stopped in for One Thing! They got me again!!!!!!

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                                      1. re: givemecarbs

                                        hear that - went in Sunday for roasted red pepper and tomato soup, and the gingersnaps. Ended up with 3 bags of stuff! oh well. it's all good. Haven't tried the items you got, but got the new whole wheat panne. it's very good. :)