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Aug 10, 2009 04:54 PM

Trader Joe's on Olympic in WLA?

It looks very close to opening but anyone have any idea when? I couldn't see a specific date mentioned on their website.

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  1. you read my mind. also wondering as well.

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    1. August 21st according to their website (see "Coming Soon" at the bottom):

      i can't believe the 'hood is finally getting one now that i don't live there anymore!

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Not sure how I missed that but thanks for the info! I'm very hopeful that this will make shopping at the SaMo location possible without having some xanax and a martini beforehand...

        1. re: mollyomormon

          ugh. Dante should have included that SaMo parking lot as one of his levels of Hell...and the parking lot at the Hollywood WFM too.

          i used to find that it was often worth it to go a bit out of my way & hit the Culver City or National/Westwood TJ's instead...the experience left me with less of a desire to ram someone with my cart (or run over them with my car) on the way out ;)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I've found if I go between 8:30 and 9am or between 9:45 and 10pm it's okay, but any other times make me hate humanity a tiny bit.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Most TJ's parking lots are a mess, whether they rise to the Inferno level or just to Purgatory. Increasing the number of locations should result in a dilution of the congestion.

              Maybe not on-topic, but over the years the TJ's experience has deteriorated, from products I like being eliminated and some ghastly ones added, to the phalanx of petition-signature solicitors you need to wade through to reach the entrance.

            2. re: mollyomormon

              i always just park at a meter. i know the lot is free - but my sanity is worth $0.75.

              1. re: dtud

                It really is a spectacularly poorly designed parking lot. We don't go there often - the one on National is much closer - but the times where we have gone, I marvel at how little sense it makes.

                1. re: odub

                  On the topic of poorly planned TJ parking lots: you won't find a worse one than the La Canda lot. Way too many lanes crossing each other and converging on one of two exits. And too many "compact" spaces in a community of SUV's.

                  1. re: trimtab

                    Probably access to the parking lot on the west side of the TJ' at Third and La Brea is a pretty solid competitor for worst TJs parking situation. Anytime someone pulls in at the same time someone wants to pull out it leads to total gridlock.

          2. Their website doesn't seem to show a street address. Can you tell us exactly where on Olympic it will be. BTW, the Westwood TJ's has an adjacent parking structure and the store itself has wonderfully wide isles.

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            1. re: Bob Brooks

              The website had the address;
              11755 W. Olympic Blvd. Just west of Barrington.

              1. re: odub

                Am I reading that wrong, or is that about six blocks or so away from the other Santa Monica one?

                1. re: Bjartmarr

                  About a mile apart. But if you look at the Trader Joe's on National Blvd. at Westwood Blvd. and the one on Sepulveda at Palms they are probably no farther (if not even closer) apart. So this strategy seems to work for them.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Also, both of these TJ's locations are very crowded. So, it can take a while to fight traffic, then longer to wait for parking, long lines etc.

                  2. re: Bjartmarr

                    The important geographic thing to note is that what separates the two is the 10 freeway. Especially at rush hour, trying to move N-S under the 10 can be a bear.

                    1. re: odub

                      Since the other two I noted are on the same side of the freeway (east of the 405 and south of the 10) and they are only 0.7 miles apart I can't see that as a compelling reason.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        you're prolly right.. but having grown up in the area. We only went to National/Westwood even though Pico/Centenela & Palms/Sepulveda were close by. I think they are small enough that attract customers from the immediate area.

                        They haven't closed any stores in the area, so who knows?

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Well, I'm assuming the compelling reason is that TJs thinks they can increase patronage in the area by opening a fourth store. Perhaps they're hoping the Olympic store will bring in more people from Brentwood while alleviating the pressure from Santa Monica and Mar Vista at the Pico store.

                          I agree though - I never understood why they had the National + Palms stores so close to one another but both stores do good business so...

                          1. re: odub

                            yep. There is also the new one in the village as well! I've always though of them as different areas even though they are close by. There stores do have a loyal customer base.

                            1. re: odub

                              TJ's pioneered a great "niche" business and have done it so well they basically have kept direct competitors at bay. You have to hand it to them. Their business model was brilliant and executed beautifully.

                    2. re: Bob Brooks

                      11755 Olympic (b/t Granville & Stoner, just Wast of Barrington).

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        I think you mean west, no? Looks that way on the map.

                        1. re: odub

                          ugh. thanks for catching that - i've been on the East Coast for too long and i'm all turned around!


                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          Hopefully the new TJs will give the Ralph's next door some good competition. Tired of paying $5.99/lb for a dang yellow bell pepper at Ralph's...

                          1. re: silence9

                            This is EXACTLY what I mentioned to a friend. I wonder if that Ralph's will compensate by lowering prices or by laying off staff.

                      2. I doubt that Ralphs (Krogers) will lower ther prices much to compete with TJ. I am looking forward to it. I walked by it today and the sign on the door said that the tenative date is 8-21. Peeking in and the store was pretty well stocked...I guess Walgreens is opening on the other side of them but they looked they just started building... I like the one on Sepulveda & National but walking distance the new Olympic one will be the closest to me ,,now the closest is the SM one.. and need I say more...Its all in the timing when you shop at any of them.. I am glad they are all over the westside ..each store has it own personailty

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                        1. re: dendet

                          "I like the one on Sepulveda & National "

                          Were you thinking of the Sepulveda and Palms TJ's adjacent to Guelaguetza or the one on National @ Westwood across the street from Niko Niko sushi?

                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                I work around the corner and have been watching and waiting--tap, tap, tap...

                                I'm reserving judgment on the parking situation. It's up on the roof! Ralph's has changed a bit and put in lots more takeout. I'm sure that was a strategic move knowing that TJ's is coming soon!

                                1. re: compucook

                                  my bet is that 'more take-out' at ralphs will not distract any of the TJ shoppers.. .
                                  to find any food of TJ quality at ralphs is like playing WHERE IS WALDO?
                                  it's a long hard slog through the mountains of GMO frankenfood, high fructose corn syrup, and transfats.
                                  it's not like TJs doesn't have some of that stuff too, but TJs is not dominated by that stuff.
                                  also, TJs carries a LOT of organic/free range items. . .