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May 31, 2010 03:00 PM

Why isn't there a Trader Joe's in Dallas??

I was wondering if anyone knew the reason why there are no TJ's in the DFW area. I've heard that In N Out are on their way. Surely TJ's can't be far behind??? I know years ago, someone told me it was because of Whole Foods. I think TJs is completely different from TJ's and really don't understand why that would be the case. I'm just tired of lugging stuff in my suitcase every time I go home. :(

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    1. In my opinion, It's never going to happen. Although, I hope I'm dead wrong!

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      1. re: twinwillow

        I hope you're wrong too ... I imagine they also perceive Central Market as competition? And perhaps also Market Square ...

        1. re: foiegras

          I'm ready for the expansion of Central Market. We need a few more of those sprinkled around the area. Wish there was one close to Firewheel area in Garland.

          1. re: Dallassooner

            Firewheel would be a great area for an HEB store. (The parent company of Central market)

      2. Dallas has Central Market, its share of Whole Foods, a handful of Cost Plus World Markets, not to mention Sprouts and so many small food related businesses, I don't really know if I'd even go to a Trader Joe's. Back in the Bay Area it was more or less the "local" business, but out here they'd have a hard time finding a niche.

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        1. re: jluster

          Even if they did open a store here, it'd probably be in Frisco or Allen out there in the "boondocks".

          And, since they've opened quite a few of their Aldi's stores, a Trader Joe's would just be competition for their own store's business.

          1. re: twinwillow

            I lived in Memphis, TN for a year and I was so addicted to Trader Joe's after 25 years in CA that I would drive 4 1/2 hours each way to the closest TJ's in St. Louis, MO. From Ft. Worth to Frisco or Allen would be nothing! Of course, it didn't hurt that one of the best Little Italy's in the entire country is "The Hill" in St. Louis. I'd make a day of up to St. Louis, shop at TJ's and all of the Italian stores on The Hill and then head back home to Memphis with my car stuffed with all sorts of wonderful goodies.

        2. I used to live in California and loved TJ's. But, I really think the quality has gone down. Even if TJ's opened in Dallas, I would still shop at CM. TJ's produce is still great, but they have gotten really expensive in the past 3 years.

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          1. re: jindomommy

            Ding ding ding--I think we have an answer ;)