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MSP: St. Paul Trader Joe's Opening

Just drove past the St. Paul Trader Joe's site at Lexington and Randolph. Grand opening will be June 26th, according to a banner.

I myself can't wait. Hope I'm not disappointed (this is right near home and I've never even been to a Trader Joe's. Parking looked FINE...nothing special, but they will have parking under the store itself.

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      1. For the mods: is there any type of reply to this post which would not get removed?
        The place doesn't open for another day so no one will have personal knowledge of that particular store. how about this:

        i, for one, am excited that i won't have to drive 15+ minutes into the suburbs.

        1. Sad that Randolph is losing a Mississippi Market and gaining a TJ's.

          ~TDQ

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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Personally I dislike that MissM - I've had issues with the freshness (complete lack thereof) of a number of prepared items and stale bin items as well. Maybe the new MissM will have better food turnover.

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              wait, when is that miss market closing? (i mostly use the other one and seward so im totally out of the loop down there)

              also i think the new TJs is only about half a mile further from the selby dale miss market, but its still sad to lose a coop.

                1. re: snoboardbabe77

                  I thought that they were just opening another location on 7th?

                  1. re: snoboardbabe77

                    I thought they were opening another location on 7th also, not closing altogether? Although I gotta agree about the freshness issue. That really raised my ire.

                    1. re: jeanmt

                      Right, Randolph is losing MissMarket and gaining a TJ's. West 7th is gaining a Miss Market.

                      I haven't had any freshness issues at MissMarket, but I go there mostly for dairy items. I have noticed the place is looking more and more scruffy and that the selection of packaged grocery items is diminishing...

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        And the Mississippi Market at Selby and Dale continues to be open as before.

                        A couple weeks ago there was a power outage in the Selby/Dale area and that store was closed so I went to the Randolph MM. It was a long long time since I went there -- go to the Selby/Dale one regularly. I was surprised how limited the produce was and the prepared items. And the kind of scruffiness of that store. Probably, they were not making improvements to the store as the new opening was anticipated.

                        Anyway, the Selby/Dale store is much much bigger than the Randolph one with a much bigger selection and a much nicer atmosphere. And the new one on West Seventh will be much bigger still, and a state-of-the-art green building.

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                        1. re: karykat

                          the new MM is scheduled to open 10am on thurs july 16th. they mark 30 years in business. i believe the entire staff of the randolph store is moving to west 7th, plus 15 new staff positions.

              1. Trader Joe's... Just got a large post card in the mail enticing me to come in for a free gift when they open. The gift is a reusable grocery bag. Nice promo.

                Mississippi Market... I will sadly miss this place. It is six blocks from my house, and I've enjoyed the convenience. They will have a closing celebration and moving of the peace pole on July 11 in the afternoon. They open in their new location on West 7th near Otto on July 16.