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Jul 27, 2010 08:46 AM

Visitor: why no TJ's in Colorado? too remote?

I know this has probably been discussed, but couldn't find it..

Seems Denver metro would support five or six, then Colorado Springs, Boulder, etc.
The whole area seems to be booming. New business parks and housing everywhere. Very few for sale signs on real estate.

tj from CA

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  1. There aren't any in TX either. I've heard speculation as to why, but nothing concrete.

    1. TJ's is only in 27 states plus DC, mostly on both coasts and along the Great Lakes. They are expanding, but slowly. The most likely reason there are no TJ's in CO is that they just haven't gotten there yet.

      1. I have heard it is because Colorado is not close enough to a distribution warehouse.

        1. I was in Breckenridge this weekend and someone said they've been emailing the company to ask for one. the response was that they won't move into CO because they can't sell wine & beer in the stores. This seems strange to me, because they are in PA and they can't sell wine & beer in the stores here.

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          1. re: jujuthomas

            Don't feel left out!!! NoTJ in Florida too!!!!!

            1. re: ospreycove

              yes I am surprised too since south florida seems like a part of NYC sometimes (tags and snowbirds).

            2. re: jujuthomas

              TJ's has stores in several states with restrictions on beer and/or wine sales in grocery stores, so I doubt that's the reason. tinkerszs might be onto something with the distribution warehouse.

              1. re: mpjmph

                tinkerszs explanation makes more sense to me as well. Glad I live in PA! :)

                1. re: jujuthomas

                  Rhode Island finally got a TJ less than 2 years ago. It doesn't sell beer or wine, and it's only about 40 miles from the main distribution warehouse in Massachusetts. Why it took so long to get here is unknown to me. I've heard rumors that the powerful grocers' lobby worked to keep them out, but I can't confirm this.

              2. re: jujuthomas

                MA limits the amount of chains selling booze to three total stores per state, so they don't get much alcohol action here, either.

                1. re: jujuthomas

                  I don't know that they can't sell beer and wine in the stores in Colorado. There is a liquor store in the Costco in Eagle, Colorado. I think it is a separate legal entity, but it is at the store and the door is right next to Costco's front door.

                2. They don't have it up here in Canada either. I'm curious to see this place since it's always being talked about on here :(