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Trader Joe's?!?

sobeiam Jun 9, 2010 06:40 PM

Fresh Market's is opening on South Beach, there are 3 different Publix's on South Beach, there's a Whole Foods and Epicure . . . So what is holding up Trader Joe's? I know it doesn't have to be South Beach but in the Miami area? Has anyone heard word of Trader Joe's coming here or anywhere in Florida? I know there's been rumors but the ones I know about are pretty old. So has anyone heard anything recent?

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    LargeLife RE: sobeiam Jun 10, 2010 04:22 AM

    Well...we have Whole Foods...and Epicure....and Publix....and Fresh Market.......Why do we need a Trader Joe's??.......I've been in a Trader Joe's.....I liked it.........but with great stores like WF, EP, PX and FM - - - what's the NEED for a Trader Joe's??......Please enlighten.....


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      Mega RE: LargeLife Jun 10, 2010 04:40 AM

      The basic difference in my mind is that Trader Joes is first about value AND variety. All of those other options are about variety without a mind towards cost.

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        CFByrne RE: LargeLife Jun 10, 2010 05:05 PM

        For those who have not been to one in the N.E. or Cali, I describe Trader Joe's as a cross between Whole Foods and Costco. :-)

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          LargeLife RE: CFByrne Jun 11, 2010 04:04 AM

          I shopped in a Trader Joe's just outside of Boston.....liked it....enjoyed it.....but it wasn't THAT big of a deal.....The Fresh Market that I visit in The Grove and in Vero are much nicer and have a lot more to offer.....at least to my eye.......


          Fresh Market
          18295 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

          1. re: CFByrne
            herbage RE: CFByrne Dec 27, 2010 08:16 AM

            I thinki TJ's is more like Whole Foods meets Big Lots.

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              olyolyy RE: herbage Nov 6, 2012 01:23 PM

              Or whole foods meets 7-11

        2. CFByrne RE: sobeiam Jun 10, 2010 05:44 AM

          this has been discussed a lot on TJ fan club sites etc. Basically it does not sound too good right now.

          Trader Joe’s says Florida not in plans
          posted by bkassab on April, 28 2009 11:51 AM

          See also this site:


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            sobeiam RE: sobeiam Jun 11, 2010 07:35 AM

            I just feel the competition is good for everyone plus I have heard very good things about it as an employer. I like making good choices that are based on value, products, convenience and ethical treatment of employees. I know I can't have everything but when I can I try to make a good choice all around. Plus, I like a good selection of natural and organic products. Epicure and Fresh Foods just don't cut it in those departments. I won't shop at Epicure because I have heard that it treats its employees very badly starting with no vacation. If I am wrong on the latter please enlighten me.

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              LargeLife RE: sobeiam Jun 12, 2010 07:50 AM

              I respect your viewpoint....competition is good....to a point......We have so many choices now.....another choice may make it tough to keep everyone afloat.....And that's when competition isn't so good......That's kind of what I refer to as the "Wal-Mart Way'.....and I don't shop there......I always encourage folks that like 'organic' or natural products to really look in to those......What those folks really mean to say is "organically sustainable"........but they're just not required to say that.....just yet.......

              I think there are enough choices....but that's just MY opinion.......Party on!


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                lax2mia RE: LargeLife Jun 12, 2010 06:48 PM

                San Francisco has so many choices. Los Angeles has so many choices. Chicago has so many choices. Heck, Sacramento has so many choices. South Florida, my friend, does not have that many in comparison. And coincidentally what's one of the things those cities with many choices have in common? They've all got Trader Joe's.

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                  LargeLife RE: lax2mia Jun 14, 2010 04:22 AM

                  You're right, lax....Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco do have so many choices........And the common thread amongst those cities and adjoining metropolitan areas (populations wise) is that they're much LARGER than the combined areas of Dade-Broward.....and those consumer areas can support the wide array of choices........Income and disposable income are other issues to be looked at........

                  I liked Trader Joe's when I visited......Just not so sure this area would support another establishment like this......


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                    lax2mia RE: LargeLife Jun 14, 2010 08:26 AM

                    I agree and I knew that'd be the argument, that's why I threw in Sacramento (which, due to a fiancee with immediate family there, I "fortunately" get to travel to on a regular basis). The population of Sac and the surrounding areas is not more than that of MD/Broward yet they have a slew of quality chains specific to the area (Bel Air, Raley's, Nugget, etc.) as well as others with a more statewide presence (Safeway, Ralphs). Along with these there's national chains like Trader Joe's (been around since close to the inception), Whole Foods and local gourmet stores like Corti Bros.. So why does an area with a population nowhere near that of Dade/Broward have such a greater variety to choose from? No idea on that, but it demonstrates that this area is woefully underserved.

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                      smartie RE: lax2mia Jun 14, 2010 08:45 PM

                      south Fl is woefully under served - it was a great shock to me when I moved to Fl from England to find such awful produce and a poor choice of produce. Coming from London every Tescos, Sainsbury's and Waitrose have the most amazing display of produce, not just 1 type of pear but 6, probably 10 types of apples, great soft fruits, etc etc. All those supermarkets carry their own lines of ready cooked foods which are really good. Marks and Spencers a huge chain is unrivalled. Not to mention huge refridgerators full of cheeses, butters, great yoghurts, fab selections of meats, desserts, as well as all the trashy stuff.

                      I also think Publix is quite expensive - yes there is Walmart and Winn Dixie but ........... yep fine for canned goods, cereals and other regular groceries but south fl is lacking in the fine foods departments.

                      I don't know why we don't have better foods and produce here. An interesting discussion.

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              smartie RE: sobeiam Jun 14, 2010 05:07 AM

              having never been to a TJ could somebody please explain what they are all about?

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                LargeLife RE: smartie Jun 14, 2010 02:03 PM

                Lax...I haven't been to Sacramento....and know nothing about it......But as a generalization.....it takes disposable income (and alot of it) to shop at Whole Foods....Fresh Market of the like......And perhaps SAC has more of that than many areas of South Florida.....which aren't very affluent.......I hit Fresh Market in The Grove and in Vero Beach on a regular basis.......and one look at the cars in the parking lot.....tells you who shops at those kinds of grocery stores.......It's not the same folks that shop at Winn Dixie.......

                I'm a Publix kind of guy.....but I'm a foodie and I hit the high end grocers once and sometimes twice per month.....I peruse the aisles and shelves closely.....always looking for something unusual or fun......Not sure if even I'm the 'typical' shopper for Whole Foods....Fresh Market.....and the like......And I'm blessed to make really decent money.......

                Fun discussion......


                Fresh Market
                2640 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

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                  lax2mia RE: LargeLife Jun 14, 2010 08:23 PM

                  That's the thing. The markets I mentioned above (Raley's, Bel Air, Nugget, Safeway and Ralph's) are all supermarket chains a la Publix. It's not about inexpensive vs. expensive out there, it's more about competition (believe me, the affluence factor is much higher in S FLA than Sac, believe me). Imagine a Publix that carried the full line of Columbus salumi products from San Francisco, that had a bakery and cheese section to rival Epicure's, but that you could also buy Clorox and Doritos and that'd be Nugget. Imagine a Publix where you could get grilled tri-tip sandwiches and hard-to-find regional bottled sodas and that'd be Bel Air. Their prices are comparable, and many times cheaper, than Publix.

                  I'm saying that even in the middle market grocery store category we're woefully underserved in what is pretty much a Publix monopoly. We've got the high end covered (me personally, I like Fresh Market over WF just because it's much less preachy (sp)). But for everyday shopping, I know it's possible to have more choices, I just don't know what spell Publix cast over the throngs of Floridians to make them accept just one mediocre chain.

                  Agree, fun discussion.

                  Fresh Market
                  2640 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

                  1. re: lax2mia
                    Mega RE: lax2mia Jun 15, 2010 03:19 AM

                    I have been reading this board for several years, but almost never post... but this topic is particularily interesting to me.
                    I don't know why there is such a lack of choice is SFl, but I certainly noticed that it exists. Is there some connection between the lack of a large urban farmers market (not farmstand market or resale market, but one with people who grow the unprocessed food that they sell) and the lack of Trader Joes?
                    It feels pretty crazy that St. Louis, MO and Columbus, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan all have large urban markets and TJ but we don't.


                    1. re: Mega
                      lax2mia RE: Mega Jun 15, 2010 07:21 AM

                      Don't think the lack of market has anything to do with it. When I lived in DC a lot of TJ's produce (I remember basil and tomatoes specifically) were from FL (and cheaper than what Publix would sell for!) so I guess they source where they can get a good price.

                      As for locations, I believe one of the metrics TJs looks at when opening a store is % of college graduates surrounding a given location. Thus the TJ's in Columbus and Raleigh-Durham, both small metro areas but w/ a large number of college grads.

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                HotMelly RE: sobeiam Jun 25, 2010 01:39 PM

                I visited my first Trader Joe's last year while I vacationed in Santa Fe ,New Mexico. Honestly, it was very nice but I couldn't see what all of the excitement was about. Maybe it was this particular store, but It just didn't ring my bell. I will spend a few dollars more here in Palm Beach countyat Publix that I feel I am getting top knotch food and service. Winn-Dixie will probably save me a few bucks but the quality isn't always there. As for steaks, I think Costco is the best for the price.

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                  smartie RE: sobeiam Jun 26, 2010 05:21 AM

                  I just read that Walmart are looking for more PBC sites to build superstores and that Aldi is finally going to get going in So Fl. I have not been in an Aldi though they do have them in the UK - I think it's a pile em high sell em cheap kinda store.

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                    4ZFood RE: smartie Jun 26, 2010 11:13 AM

                    Aldi is known in the grocery industry as a limited assortment discounter. They carry maybe 2500 products, compared with say 60,000 in a Publix, and stores are accordingly small. Almost all of their products are private label, and the price of each item is generally the lowest in that market area. Interestingly, Aldi owns Trader Joe's in the US, and many of the same suppliers of private label to Aldi are suppliers to TJ. Some of their products are incredible bargains, others are just the cheapest possible product without much regard to quality. Whatever individual products they decide to sell, they will sell a ton of it, sometimes more than even Walmart (worldwide!). Aldi dominates the grocery scene in German and some other European markets, and has been rapidly growing their presence in the US. This is not a specialty food store - just commodities at ridiculously low prices. They also carry weekly general merchandise specials, usually seasonal stuff, that are pretty good bargains. I have had my best luck with their produce; some of their packaged foods - even grated cheeses, packaged meats, and the like - are not of very high quality compared with even store brands.


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                      freakerdude RE: 4ZFood Jun 26, 2010 01:43 PM

                      You also have to bag yourself and rent shopping carts. Major no frills kind of place. I didn't see the Atlanta store doing well when I lived there.

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                        sobeiam RE: freakerdude Jun 27, 2010 12:28 PM

                        I think the issue comes down to different tastes. Sorry if that sounds really snotty/snobby but I can go into a low income, not dirt poor mind you, neighborhood in NYC and have a better selection of foods - organic/regular/ethnic than here. And I believe it is a con job by Publix if you think its cheaper than other stores. As noted above that TJ sells basil from FL cheaper in DC than Publix does down here. Yes, I think Publix's brand is cheaper but unless I was on welfare I would never do that. After starting to read labels I am really clear about what I do and don't want in my foods. I try to buy whats on sale at Whole Foods or the store brand, shop at Costco or trek to farmers markets such as the one in Hollywood- I will NEVER shop at Wal-Mart. Costco pays its employees the highest in the industry, has very low turnover and gives decent bennies. I really try to be careful about who gets my dollar these days. I never shop at Fresh Markets - I don't consider that a foodie store. It has very limited selection and is very expensive. You would think with what they were charging they'd offer a better selection or choice re: organic, grass fed/sustainable products I hear Whole Foods is opening another store eventually so there must be a market for the stuff. Whole Foods is in several areas in Florida as is Fresh Markets. I don't think it just boils down to money.

                        Fresh Market
                        2640 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

                      2. re: 4ZFood
                        taiga RE: 4ZFood Jul 24, 2013 06:55 AM

                        Aldi dominates the food scene in Germany like Wal Mart but few "conscious" Germans would buy anything there beyond staples, beer, and sim cards.

                    2. CFByrne RE: sobeiam Aug 30, 2010 05:32 AM

                      (almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trader Joe's.
                      Including why no FL stores...

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                        Alfred G RE: CFByrne Aug 30, 2010 11:16 AM

                        Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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                          taiga RE: Alfred G Aug 30, 2010 12:03 PM

                          So the German management finds us too dumb and can't get stuff to us. It's enough to make one want to relocate.

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                            ospreycove RE: taiga Aug 30, 2010 12:30 PM

                            How about Wegman's in Fl.........

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                              OysterHo RE: taiga Sep 5, 2010 01:59 PM

                              "To pick their next locales, employees look at demographics such as education level. In the past they've even looked at who's subscribing to high-end food and cooking magazines as a way of divining where the epicures are."

                              This really ticks me off. If you look at some of their other locations, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana? Really? And not south Florida?

                              And the distribution thing - all the other high end chains manage to get food to us, we're not in some 3rd world country or anything.

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                                taiga RE: OysterHo Sep 5, 2010 03:05 PM

                                We do have the largest foreign born population of any city in the country, and many of our Spanish speaking brothers and sisters prefer Sedano's and El Presidente to anything we have mentioned. Maybe that's part of their calculation.

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                                  OysterHo RE: taiga Sep 5, 2010 06:08 PM

                                  Yes I can give you that, but there are the cities of Ft. Lauderdale, Boca, Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, and Jax. We're not a foodie wasteland! lol

                                  WAKE UP TJ!!

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                          ash0529 RE: sobeiam Oct 17, 2010 08:44 PM

                          I work for a commercial real estate developer and we own several properties in south florida. About 6 months ago, we were in talks with Trader Joe's to redevelop one of our properties in Miami Beach and add a Trader Joe's, so I can say first hand that they are definitely exploring the possibility of opening stores in South Florida. Unfortunately, the economics didn't work at that locaton.

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                            taiga RE: ash0529 Oct 19, 2010 07:29 AM

                            Please keep trying.

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                              Asumnuthin RE: taiga Oct 19, 2010 09:19 AM

                              as I have posted before make sure you submit a location request on the website

                              maybe that will help speed the process


                          2. Asumnuthin RE: sobeiam Dec 26, 2010 03:28 PM

                            soooooo now that Aldi's has moved into Lauderdale Lakes, are my chances greater of seeing a TJs i my future? I sure hope so.

                            I just loaded up on non perishables for my move next week, would much rather buy local then fill my bag with "just Bananas".

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                              VaughnRmnE RE: Asumnuthin Dec 27, 2010 07:06 AM

                              I think many of you are missing the point here. South Florida is home to RETIREES! I have never been in a group of them where the topic of converstaion was ever where they found the highest quality of anything. Much more likely to be where the found the CHEAPEST...
                              In response to Taiga's comment "So the German management finds us too dumb and can't get stuff to us. It's enough to make one want to relocate." Are you forgetting why we live in So FL? It is not for the high standards of cuisine and food...it is for the sunshine! Otherwise we would surely live somewhere else...maybe somewhere with a Trader Joes. Although I visited them when I lived in Boston and never found them so special to be worthy of this level of lobbying.

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                                LargeLife RE: VaughnRmnE Dec 31, 2010 02:26 PM

                                Funny...the first and only Trader Joe's that I was ever in was in the Boston area....Really liked it alot...alot of cool stuff....But I'm with you...as much as I liked it....I'm just fine with Fresh Market....and don't think we need more competition in this area....Would like to see Fresh Market do well...prosper.....stick around....and maintain what I think is a great concept.....If you don't like what they offer....don't go!....If you don't like their prices...again...don't go!.....There's a place for Fresh Market......

                                Ft. Pierce, FL

                                Fresh Market
                                18295 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

                                1. re: LargeLife
                                  Asumnuthin RE: LargeLife Jan 2, 2011 12:29 PM

                                  I do not understand how fresh maket would be compettion for trader joes. TJs only stocks their own products, its their own specific stuff i will be missing. it wouldnt stop me from patroinzing FM, just add to the varity of SoFla eats!

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                                  Asumnuthin RE: VaughnRmnE Jan 2, 2011 12:34 PM

                                  "VaughnRmnE "not for the high standards of cuisine and food"
                                  if you really believe that, maybe you are "missing the point" of these boards

                                  SoFla is not only a place of the retired...

                                  And TJ's is cheap and high quality, thats what makes it great!

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                                  OysterHo RE: Asumnuthin Jan 2, 2011 06:35 AM

                                  I was just driving on Hillsboro Blvd west of Jog and saw an Aldi's and was wondering what the heck it was. Glad I read this thread again.

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                                  curlscj RE: sobeiam Jan 19, 2011 09:00 PM

                                  I grew up in Pasadena, CA (where Trader Joe's first opened) and it is one of the 2 stores I miss the most (the other is Cost Plus World Market). TJ's has really great prices (like $3.99 for 13oz of Joe's Dark Roast coffee - which is very tasty I might add) and a wonderful variety of foods. Like someone else posted - it's their specific brands that I miss - but then again, I've been eating Trader Joe's food for the better part of my life. Funny, I just came back from L.A. 3 days ago and my friends really tripped out when I told them there are any Trader Joe's in Miami - they couldn't imagine not having one nearby.

                                  World Market and Cafe
                                  1328 S Federal Hwy, Hollywood, FL 33020

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                                    triff RE: curlscj May 6, 2011 06:54 AM

                                    Pouting BIG time. Just read Trader Joe's is opening their first Texas location soon in the Dallas area. So they ARE breaking into new territory - just not here in Florida YET! Our Tampa Bay area has many upscale stores...certainly it would warrant a TJ's, as well as at least 5 other FL Metro areas! Well - a girl can dream.....or take a road trip with several coolers!

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                                      herbage RE: triff May 11, 2011 10:21 AM

                                      I also read that In-N-Out is moving to Texas. Hopefully Florida will follow suit in both regards. I suppose I could always move to Texas!

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                                        triff RE: triff Oct 8, 2011 12:06 PM

                                        When I wrote this it was only a dream, but pigs CAN fly and wishes do come true! Yay for TJ's FINALLY opening in Florida soon in Naples. After that, bet there will be more Florida locations - but for now - Naples is going to be a foodie destination for thousands of Floridians!

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                                      carbo500 RE: sobeiam Oct 8, 2011 10:56 AM

                                      yes, they are here in South Florida but not on the east coast. One being built in Naples. Good news though... I am sure they will be on their way soon.

                                      1. freakerdude RE: sobeiam Aug 13, 2012 10:08 AM

                                        It's official!!! Trader Joe's is making progress on a deal to open in Palm Beach Gardens at PGA and Prosperity Farms Road in the Holy Smoke's BBQ and Snuggery plaza, also where Anthony's Coal Fired pizza is located.

                                        The news this morning said they have been negotiating with the plaza for years but the economy had it's effects on stalling the progress. So, 3 miles away from me should be opening this place that I know nothing about, except the fact that some people would give an arm and a leg for TJ's to open near them!

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                                          lax2mia RE: freakerdude Aug 13, 2012 10:26 AM

                                          Keep your fingers crossed. TJ's is very secretive when it comes to new locations so until there's an announcement from them keep your expectations tempered. Aside from that, should it open, it'll save me a lot of gas not having to schlep to Naples (though it may take just as long to drive across Alligator Alley as it would to go up I-95 from Miami). They've got great and unique products and they're prices are incredible. You'll be lucky.

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                                            LargeLife RE: lax2mia Aug 15, 2012 12:51 PM

                                            If and when TJ's comes to South Florida.....the Palm Beach area makes perfect sense....as that's where the money is!.....A ton of snowbirds with bulging pockets of cash!....That's where it belongs.....Dade and Broward both have wealth but Palm Beach has more...way more....I went to TJs outside of Boston.....it was nice...it was a fun place to shop....but I haven't spent any time LONGING for the place....But I know alot of folks here like it....and that's good enough for me.....

                                            Ft. Pierce, FL

                                            1. re: LargeLife
                                              lax2mia RE: LargeLife Aug 15, 2012 03:26 PM

                                              TJ's doesn't seem up your alley and that's fine, but I'm curious as to what prompted your misguided perception that Trader Joe's target is wealthy areas of people with bulging pockets of cash? It's the equivalent of saying Ikea should open in Palm Beach because of the wealth. It's not a shop like Dean & Deluca or Epicure. It's definitely more downscale and their prices are ridiculously reasonable. Again, just curious what formed your opinion. As and aside, they've got tons of prepped meat for grilling. I get the feeling you like to grill :)

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                                                freakerdude RE: lax2mia Aug 15, 2012 04:39 PM

                                                I am ALL about ridiculously reasonable but also want many different choices. I have no idea about the brands or items they carry but I do know that I cannot afford to shop at Whole Foods. So I am hoping TJs fills in the gap for people like me.

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                                                  lax2mia RE: freakerdude Aug 15, 2012 09:33 PM

                                                  Trader Joe's prices are nowhere near Whole Foods and they're cheaper on a lot of things than Publix. A couple of weeks ago I bought 3 lemons at Publix for $1.99. At Trader Joe's they had a one pound bag of organic lemons (about six to a bag) for the same price. That's twice the number of lemons, and organic for that matter, for the same price.

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                                            LargeLife RE: freakerdude Aug 15, 2012 12:53 PM

                                            FD!! I purchased a MONSTER MOBILE BBQ PIT......will be up and running soon......working on getting in to the Tequesta Farmers Market this fall.....I will serve you some pretty good BBQ!...

                                            Ft. Pierce, FL

                                            1. re: LargeLife
                                              freakerdude RE: LargeLife Aug 21, 2012 10:25 AM

                                              Keep me posted on the Tequesta farmers market dates.

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                                              freakerdude RE: freakerdude Aug 21, 2012 10:24 AM

                                              The PB local TV news report made it sound very promising when I saw it but now it appears not so promising in the very near future.

                                              Buzz kill from Trader Joe's reply as posted in the B-PB New Times: "Palm Beach, Florida is not in our two year plan."


                                              1. re: freakerdude
                                                freakerdude RE: freakerdude May 16, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                It's official now that the property owner has released the info. Plans to renovate the space starts fall 2013.


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                                                  ChowShoe RE: freakerdude May 24, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                  I totally dig TJs. Go to everyone I can find. It's great for fast snacks, cheaper produce and incredibly good deals on wine. And their TJ labeled stuff is always good. Their "cookie batter" spread is amazing and has even fewer carbs than most peanut butter. I think you'll love it.

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                                                    freakerdude RE: freakerdude Sep 26, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                    PGA/Prosperity loaciton in Palm Beach Gardens.....renovation appears to be under way.

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                                                      freakerdude RE: freakerdude Jan 11, 2014 08:40 PM

                                                      The renovation is going extremely slow. Tenants had to move within the plaza to make way for TJ's. The building space has only been demolished but no new construction yet.

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                                                        ChowShoe RE: freakerdude Jan 11, 2014 09:21 PM

                                                        I haven't seen any movement on any of the PBC locations. But I sure don't want to drive to the Miami location. That place sounds like a nightmare to get to... I was hoping early 2014 for one to open. Fingers crossed.

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                                                          jon777 RE: ChowShoe Apr 23, 2014 07:18 AM

                                                          Wellington location will be first of the PBC locations open -- May 16... No word on timing for the others...

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                                                  ospreycove RE: sobeiam Aug 16, 2012 05:40 AM

                                                  Sarasota TJ's, opening 7 September!!!!

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                                                    LargeLife RE: ospreycove Aug 16, 2012 07:26 AM

                                                    Well Lax....my perception was based off my actual visit to TJs in Boston......I did see bargains.....I also saw some high end stuff that was pricey.....I liked the place alot.....I do see that type of place doing well in monied areas.....that's my perception....Definitely like to grill....I hope that TJs comes here and does well.....

                                                    Sarasota is an ideal place.....Go over that way 3 or 4 times per year.....and there's a TON of cash there.....

                                                    Ft. Pierce

                                                  2. lax2mia RE: sobeiam Aug 23, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                    For the curious, here's a guide to the Trader Joe's in Naples with samples of products and prices. I'm already hankering for another trip.


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                                                    1. re: lax2mia
                                                      Asumnuthin RE: lax2mia Sep 28, 2012 02:35 PM

                                                      Miami herald wrote TJs signed a lease in Pincrest....
                                                      No PBCounty as of yet

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                                                        coffeyucf RE: Asumnuthin Nov 6, 2012 01:16 PM

                                                        New rumor of Trader Joe's coming to Delray at Federal HWY and Linton:

                                                        "Also under consideration by the city of Delray Beach: Turning an office complex at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard into a shopping and restaurant complex known as Delray Place.

                                                        Harden, the city’s manager, said the developer has indicated that the popular Trader Joe’s grocery is interested in the site — but it needs a decision fast on the land. Joe Carosella, the property’s owner, did not return a phone call seeking comment."


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                                                          CFByrne RE: coffeyucf Nov 6, 2012 01:35 PM

                                                          Interesting because rumor has it the northeast corner is going to be a Fresh Market. That would be funny if suddenly we had both FM and TJ.

                                                          Carrabba's and Panera supposedly will stay but the rest is going to the scrap heap. That remaining area seems kind of small to me for a FM location, but I guess we'll know soon. Most of those stores (Irish Pub, Chinese Resto) have already left.

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                                                            OysterHo RE: CFByrne Nov 6, 2012 01:39 PM

                                                            There is a publix on the nw corner too!

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                                                              Linda VH RE: CFByrne Nov 8, 2012 03:28 AM

                                                              I heard Fresh Market also!

                                                      2. CFByrne RE: sobeiam Apr 5, 2013 05:17 AM

                                                        Sounds like it almost fell through... but further talk on the Delray Trader Joe's indicates it is moving forward - At Linton and Federal


                                                        And yes, also Fresh Market

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                                                          taiga RE: CFByrne Apr 5, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                          I looked in the window at the projected Trader Joe's in Pinecrest and there is no evidence that anything is going on in the old Borders.

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                                                            Auger RE: taiga Apr 15, 2013 07:18 PM


                                                            Apparently they're still doing the permit dance.

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                                                              taiga RE: Auger May 6, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                              Rode by on the bike and looked in the window on Saturday; they are working inside and outside.

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                                                                Auger RE: taiga May 10, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                Drove by today, and they're demolishing the whole building. Last week I thought they were just gutting the place.

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                                                                  taiga RE: Auger May 30, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                  Demolition done; there is half a completed new building now.

                                                        2. lax2mia RE: sobeiam Jun 20, 2013 06:08 AM

                                                          Looks like it's getting there.


                                                          1. freakerdude RE: sobeiam Jun 26, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                            Boca get ready for 2014 because this was just released in the news.

                                                            Trader Joe’s will open a 12,500-square-foot store at 855 South Federal Highway in Boca Raton in 2014


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                                                              OysterHo RE: freakerdude Jun 26, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                              Like like like!!!

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                                                                gblcsw RE: freakerdude Jun 26, 2013 08:26 PM

                                                                I wish it was in Fort Lauderdale, but this is certainly better than the other locations...Excited here!

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                                                                  Linda VH RE: freakerdude Jun 27, 2013 06:27 AM


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                                                                    CFByrne RE: freakerdude Jul 10, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                    This Boca opening does NOT mean the rumored Delray deal is dead.

                                                                    Last night, Delray commissioners gave final approval for the Delray Place development.

                                                                    That's the SE corner of Linton and Federal site where, among many other retail stores and restaurants, TJ's has been mentioned to be coming.

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                                                                      CFByrne RE: CFByrne Jul 23, 2013 05:57 AM


                                                                      "Rest easy, Delray Beach. Rumors have been confirmed: Trader Joe's is coming to the neighborhood.

                                                                      The quirky and highly coveted grocery store plans to open October 2014 at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard, the site of the upcoming upscale shopping center Delray Place, the company told the Sun Sentinel."


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                                                                        Linda VH RE: CFByrne Jul 23, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                        I was really surprised as they are locating in East Boca AND
                                                                        East Delray but it's great!

                                                                    2. re: freakerdude
                                                                      Linda VH RE: freakerdude Oct 23, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                                      They just asked Boca for permission to expand the store from the original plans and were given an OK. They were pressed for an opening date and they said May (according to Sun Sentinel).

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                                                                      tillisandra RE: sobeiam Jul 23, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                      Pinecrest location in Miami is almost here http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/07/23/...

                                                                      1. freakerdude RE: sobeiam Aug 9, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                        Wellington you are up for the 4th planned PBC store. Wow, its a south Florida TJ expansion explosion.


                                                                        1. Kajikit RE: sobeiam Oct 11, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                          Waiting impatiently for at least ONE of these new stores to open... looks like we won't have any till late 2014?

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                                                                            LiveRock RE: Kajikit Oct 13, 2013 05:41 PM


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                                                                              Kajikit RE: LiveRock Oct 19, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                                              Yay... now for a report from someone who's been down there? Did they open on time? Are they all they were cracked up to be? We'll check it out in a few weeks.

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                                                                                freshlycured RE: Kajikit Oct 20, 2013 02:51 AM

                                                                                The one in Miami is open. There are a bunch of photos today at at the Sun Sentinel online.


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                                                                                  taiga RE: Kajikit Oct 21, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                  I went to Trader Joe's on Saturday, and the rollout was like that of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. They were unable to provide sufficient parking which blocked US1, which irritated drivers, which lifted tension, and stressed police. Inside, it was a mess with broken coffee grinders, not enough prepared food, and shortages of a number of things. Still, when people get used to it, they are going to like it. It may take a few weeks to iron out the problems, but we are all better off having it.

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                                                                                    Kajikit RE: taiga Oct 21, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                                    I think I'll wait a month and let them settle in... like brand new restaurants, things never go smoothly at a grand opening.

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                                                                                    tillisandra RE: Kajikit Oct 23, 2013 03:07 AM

                                                                                    I ended up there three times in the last weekend. I think they did an incredibly good job handling the volume of people, considering the swarms in the store. Parking is likely to be an issue going forward. The adjacent malls east of US1 are all towing interlopers, so the best bet for parking is across US1 on the West side. You can pay for parking at Dadeland metrorail station or residential/mall building across the street, or risk it at the nearby Publix as my friend did.

                                                                                    Very friendly employees, and great Trader Joes products at prices 1-2 dollars below Publix. My favorites were organic chicken broth at $1.99, nice burratta at $4.99, and all the impulse sweets at the checkout line. Coconut-crusted cashews? Oh yeah.

                                                                              2. non sequitur RE: sobeiam Apr 29, 2014 09:28 AM

                                                                                From today's sun sentinel:
                                                                                "The grocery chain will open a store next year at 1590 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, north of Sunrise Boulevard, within the Office Depot plaza.

                                                                                The store is part of a major move into South Florida for the popular grocer. The area's first store opened last fall in the Pinecrest neighborhood of Miami-Dade County, but six more are planned in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

                                                                                The first Trader Joe's in Palm Beach County will open May 16 at 2877 S. State Road 7 in Wellington.

                                                                                Other stores opening this year:

                                                                                Boca Raton, 855 S. Federal Highway

                                                                                Delray Beach, along Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard

                                                                                Palm Beach Gardens, along PGA Boulevard and Prosperity Farms Road

                                                                                Pembroke Pines, along Pines Boulevard and Flamingo Road

                                                                                Opening dates for those stores have not been announced."

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                                                                                  LargeLife RE: non sequitur Apr 29, 2014 09:37 AM

                                                                                  I visited Trader Joe's outside of Boston a few years back and thought it was a great place. Fun selection of stuff and of course "Two Buck Chuck" was an attractive draw.

                                                                                  Been to the one in Pinecrest. It's ok. The "3 Buck Chuck" is awesome. But after that, what's the draw? Nothing there is inexpensive.. Selection is solid and store in very nice. But where's the attraction? Fresh Market quality (overall) and selection is superior (and the prices there reflect that).

                                                                                  I'm not trying to be a wise-guy here. I went (twice), I saw and I just wasn't overwhelmed or impressed. What didn't I see that other people do?


                                                                                  Ft. Pierce, FL....via Homestead

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                                                                                    CFByrne RE: LargeLife Apr 29, 2014 10:07 AM

                                                                                    A recent study showed fully 27% of all the words on the Internet involve debates between TJ fanatics and "I just don't get it" detractors.

                                                                                    #notreally #butprobablyclose #Imnotgettinginvolved


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                                                                                      lax2mia RE: LargeLife Apr 29, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                                                      OK, I'll take the bait. Two observations:

                                                                                      First, I'd love to know where you shop to think that nothing at Trader Joe's is inexpensive. Pretty much every item I see at TJ's is cheaper than the comparable item at Publix. That said, Publix has taken advantage of their almost monopoly in urban areas to drive up prices and I don't see that abating until there's more competition.

                                                                                      Point two, TJ's produce is not great and I agree I'd take Fresh Market's over TJ's in that area any day (but remember, you're paying for it). Overall selection is also better at pretty much any supermarket because TJ's business model is to have a single producer for each product so it's unfair to compare to a regular supermarket in that aspect. One funny observation I'd made, Trader Joe's carries as many brands and types of authentic maple syrup as Publix carries fake syrups. That said, the quality of the products they do have are a steal for the money, particularly organic and vegan items. And there are some items that are unique to Trader Joe's that you're just not going to find anywhere else. Frozen French macarons, Korean scallion pancakes, steel cut oatmeal with quinoa and South African smoke seasoning are just a few of the things that you can't find anywhere else, regardless of price.

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                                                                                        CFByrne RE: lax2mia Apr 29, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                                                        >South African smoke seasoning


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                                                                                          southocean RE: CFByrne Apr 29, 2014 12:57 PM

                                                                                          When I'm looking for South African specialties, I go to Meal in a Pie.


                                                                                          Just sayin' . . .

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                                                                                            LiveRock RE: southocean Apr 30, 2014 07:22 AM

                                                                                            I love Meal in a Pie! The chicken curry is habit forming and the owners could not be nicer folks. (It doesn't hurt that it's a block and a half from my house!)

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                                                                                              gblcsw RE: LiveRock Apr 30, 2014 07:51 AM

                                                                                              Where is Meal in a Pie?

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                                                                                                southocean RE: gblcsw Apr 30, 2014 10:56 AM

                                                                                                Following the link (above) shows it to be at:
                                                                                                4440 NE 20th Ave
                                                                                                Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

                                                                                                Just south of Floranada Road, just west of Federal, across the street from the great Smitty's Butcher Shop.

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                                                                                                  gblcsw RE: southocean Apr 30, 2014 12:50 PM

                                                                                                  Thanks! I use Smitty's, but never noticed the Meal in a Pie place!

                                                                                        2. re: lax2mia
                                                                                          freakerdude RE: lax2mia Apr 30, 2014 09:20 AM

                                                                                          Most Publix grocery items are .50 to a whopping $1 more than exact same items at Target or Wal Mart. After I did my price comparisons of items like Heinz low sugar ketchup, Ken's dressings, and Tabasco sauces, I finally realized how overpriced Publix really was. Publix's BOGO is kind of a smoke screen for their standard high prices.

                                                                                          I've never heard of South African smoke....so I had to look it up.

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                                                                                            LETTUCEINLOVE RE: freakerdude Apr 30, 2014 12:55 PM

                                                                                            I am in the food business, and write about groceries and grocery stores, so I am hyper aware of what things cost throughout a supermarket. Publix is a good 10-15% higher priced than what I am accustomed to up North. That being said, it kind of is what it is, and you get numb to it (even though it truly annoys me). Another thing that aggravates me is that they openly throw away bruised produce, or anything that is PERFECT to buy and use that day. Up North, there is always a place or a rack in the back of the produce dept. that sells "use today" items... which was a real bargain, and in my opinion, a win-win for the store as well as the consumer. I've asked, and they don't even donate the stuff. What a waste!

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                                                                                              ChinaChao RE: LETTUCEINLOVE May 1, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                              I was also recently shocked to hear from a native Austin Texan that Whole Foods is 30% more expensive here. Just adds to FL being overpriced/high cost of living and a generally crappy pay scale considering... Like you said it is what it is. I didn't know about the imperfect wasted food but it doesn't surprise me bc I've also heard from others that SoFla is all about the flashy and we have more Mercedes drive through in an hour than in various other states. Not that surprised, but it is still sad and a huge waste.

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                                                                                                LETTUCEINLOVE RE: ChinaChao May 6, 2014 11:08 AM

                                                                                                I drive what you would probably consider a flashy car... but wasting is wasting. I could feed an army 5 star food with what they throw away. I love Florida, have met great people and have eaten some delicious food, that I would gladly pay for if it was worth it.

                                                                                        3. re: LargeLife
                                                                                          taiga RE: LargeLife Apr 29, 2014 12:06 PM

                                                                                          Shopping at Trader Joe's is more skill than art. In my opinion, it is far better than many think. Three buck Chuck is symbolic. Its chocolate is great. Cheese is great and cheaper than other competitors. Olive oils, nuts, pasta, coffee, prepared foods, hummus, all good. There are lots of organic things, but they require scavenger hunting ability.

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                                                                                        LargeLife RE: sobeiam Apr 29, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                        All very good points. Again, I wasn't trying to be a wise-guy. I just felt underwhelmed there. Maybe it was my expectation level. But great points were made, especially the south African smoke. And it was never like I wasn't going to go again. But the place just didn't sweep me off my feet.

                                                                                        Still a Fresh Market guy though. But TJs has its place in our food landscape. Except for Winn Dixie I tend to hit Publix, Whole Foods and Fresh Market and all for different reasons. Also hit Costco and Sam's too.

                                                                                        Ft. Pierce, FL....via Homestead

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                                                                                          freshlycured RE: sobeiam May 16, 2014 05:27 AM

                                                                                          Open in Wellington and reasonably crazy. Happy days are here!

                                                                                          1. CFByrne RE: sobeiam Jun 26, 2014 10:12 AM

                                                                                            "Just six weeks after opening its first Palm Beach County location in Wellington, Trader Joe’s announced the grand opening dates for three additional county stores.

                                                                                            First on deck: Delray Beach, which opens Friday, Sept. 5th at 1851 S. Federal Highway.

                                                                                            Next up: Palm Beach Gardens, which opens Friday, Sept. 19th at the PGA Plaza, 2560 PGA Blvd.

                                                                                            And finally, the funky grocery market opens in Boca Raton on Friday, Sept. 26th at 855 S. Federal Highway.


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                                                                                              LargeLife RE: CFByrne Jun 26, 2014 11:43 AM

                                                                                              Great reporting CF!!


                                                                                              Ft. Pierce, FL

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