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Trader Joe's on Olympic in WLA?

mollyomormon Aug 10, 2009 04:54 PM

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. wilafur RE: mollyomormon Aug 10, 2009 04:59 PM

    you read my mind. also wondering as well.

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    1. re: wilafur
      JBC RE: wilafur Aug 10, 2009 05:04 PM

      The website says August 21st:


    2. goodhealthgourmet RE: mollyomormon Aug 10, 2009 05:04 PM

      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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        mollyomormon RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 10, 2009 05:24 PM

        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
          goodhealthgourmet RE: mollyomormon Aug 10, 2009 05:45 PM

          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 ;)

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            mollyomormon RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 10, 2009 05:50 PM

            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
              Akitist RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 12, 2009 10:57 AM

              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
              dtud RE: mollyomormon Aug 10, 2009 09:13 PM

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

              1. re: dtud
                odub RE: dtud Aug 10, 2009 11:44 PM

                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
                  trimtab RE: odub Aug 11, 2009 04:24 PM

                  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
                    coffeebrownies RE: trimtab Aug 13, 2009 09:44 AM

                    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. Bob Brooks RE: mollyomormon Aug 10, 2009 06:28 PM

            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
              odub RE: Bob Brooks Aug 10, 2009 06:42 PM

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

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                Bjartmarr RE: odub Aug 11, 2009 03:23 AM

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

                1. re: Bjartmarr
                  Servorg RE: Bjartmarr Aug 11, 2009 05:50 AM

                  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.

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                    ElissaInPlaya RE: Servorg Aug 11, 2009 03:23 PM

                    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
                    odub RE: Bjartmarr Aug 11, 2009 01:36 PM

                    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.

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                      Servorg RE: odub Aug 11, 2009 03:03 PM

                      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
                        AAQjr RE: Servorg Aug 11, 2009 07:00 PM

                        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
                          odub RE: Servorg Aug 11, 2009 07:12 PM

                          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
                            AAQjr RE: odub Aug 11, 2009 07:19 PM

                            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
                              Servorg RE: odub Aug 11, 2009 07:19 PM

                              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
                      goodhealthgourmet RE: Bob Brooks Aug 10, 2009 06:43 PM

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

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                        odub RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 10, 2009 06:45 PM

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

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                          goodhealthgourmet RE: odub Aug 10, 2009 06:54 PM

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


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                          silence9 RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 11, 2009 09:58 AM

                          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
                            ElissaInPlaya RE: silence9 Aug 11, 2009 03:24 PM

                            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.

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                        dendet RE: mollyomormon Aug 11, 2009 04:01 PM

                        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
                          Servorg RE: dendet Aug 11, 2009 04:07 PM

                          "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: Servorg
                            dendet RE: Servorg Aug 11, 2009 04:15 PM

                            oops I meant palms...my bad

                            1. re: dendet
                              bulavinaka RE: dendet Aug 11, 2009 07:23 PM

                              I second your choice.

                              1. re: bulavinaka
                                compucook RE: bulavinaka Aug 11, 2009 10:21 PM

                                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
                                  westsidegal RE: compucook Sep 1, 2009 11:51 PM

                                  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. . .

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