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Mar 30, 2010 03:35 PM

Asheville Trader Joes

Any word on Trader Joes coming to Asheville?
We live in Berkeley, Ca and are moving to Asheville at the end of May
THIS IS What I will miss most of the bay area
Shop at TJ's at least twice a week
Hard to imagine we woulds have to travel to Charlotte to shop
How about Whole Foods. The one in Greenville, SC is the best I have ever seen, even living in California and Texas

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  1. Here's an article that was in the Citizen-Times recently about certainly doesn't sound imminent, but one or both may open in Asheville in a few years. Have you visited Greenlife or Earthfare during your vists? As much as I like TJ's, I don't know that I'd drive 2 hours. One maybe, but not two.

    1. I would second Earth Fare and Greenlife. Both are great organic and whole food shopping choices right in Asheville.

      1. What all of you do not understand is that Tj is not about organic or "earth friendly" but about great quality food and wine at GREAT PRICES
        Unusually great selection of low priced , cheese, meats, grains , cereals, etc , and unique products both fresh and frozen

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        1. re: mustardgirl

          I understand it completely. I love TJ's; I currently shop there weekly (at least), and I used to frequently drive an hour to do so. I just can't imagine driving from Asheville to Charlotte to do so. But you're welcome for the information.

          1. re: carolinadawg

            thank you , I guess I am just reacting to moving and leaving behind alot of memories

            1. re: mustardgirl

              I've only been to one TJ' seemed to be mostly packaged foods. Is this an anomaly? It was not somewhere you could do all your grocery shopping.

              1. re: danna

                Sounds like mustardgirl already shops regularly at TJ's so she probably is pretty familiar with what they carry.

                If doing all your grocery shopping at one place is the goal, then I guess one should stick with Harris Teeter or Publix or the like.

                1. re: Leepa

                  I was actually asking a question. Are they all mostly packaged stuff? I thought maybe the one I went to in Madison was like a mini-version or something.

                  1. re: danna

                    TJ's does sell a lot of packaged and frozen foods, along with fresh meat and cheese. They have a produce section as well, and a dairy case. You could do all of your shopping there, but it would be limited as TJ's has a small selection of those fresh items.

                    We use it mostly for wine, snacks, and frozen products of good quality and great price, but still have to shop elsewhere to do a full shopping.

          1. re: carolinadawg

            amazing savings is fun, it's like going on a little treasure hunt. we have found lots of deals on high-end chocolate but sometimes it's a bit old. If that happens I just use it for baking and it's fine.

            Also pricey chips (like Terra) and teas (Tazo) are things we often find cheap. I've also found some bargain yogurt (be prepared to eat it quick) and some surprisingly good pork chops!

            1. re: carolinadawg

              Thanks for the tip
              This place seems what we have out here called the Grocery Outlet

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