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Trader Joes- Greenville,SC

mustardgirl Sep 30, 2010 04:06 AM

Does anybody know whwn TJ's is opening in Greenville?

  1. Jeff C. Sep 30, 2010 04:55 AM

    The morning show on WYFF said Oct. 22, but I haven't verified this.

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      guinevere Sep 30, 2010 03:24 PM

      According to Channel 4 @ 5pm, it's Oct, 22 @ 8am!

      1. Scirocco Jan 4, 2011 06:22 AM

        A friend just mentioned the TJ in Greenville (he hasn't been yet). I had forgotten one was opening there. Curious if anyone's been and how it compares to others.

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        1. re: Scirocco
          Jeff C. Jan 4, 2011 07:35 AM

          It's a little on the small side, but a great store nonetheless. Love the "three buck Chuck" wines!

          1. re: Scirocco
            mustardgirl Jan 4, 2011 08:34 AM

            It is a great store, just as good as most in California.
            Wine selection not great
            I was surprised to find that most of the products I would buy in SF Bay area are available in Greenville.
            Well worth the drive to Greenville
            We go once a month

            1. re: mustardgirl
              Scirocco Jan 4, 2011 09:37 AM

              thanks - that's good to know. I had heard they vary depending on location. We make runs to GVL once in awhile. Cheap liquor, cheap gas and some items we can't get elsewhere! LOL Although I've noticed the gas is NOT that much cheaper these days.

              Jeff, so it's "Three Buck Chuck" now? Inflation! haha

              1. re: mustardgirl
                danna Jan 4, 2011 10:02 AM

                What are some of your favorites? I've only been there once since it opened, and I didn't fall in love. I'm clearly missing something. I bought some cried cranberries and they were terrible quality. I know that's not much to judge by, so I'd love to hear some specific items.

                1. re: danna
                  Jeff C. Jan 4, 2011 11:30 AM

                  The cheap table wines, as I've said. I also like their nut butters, multi-grain bagels, snack and nut mixes, some of the full-sized frozen pizzas ( not the little ones), and their European custard-style yogurt.

                  I didn't like their orange juice. The cranberry-apple butter tastes like baby food. The egg nog was HORRIBLE, even by already low store-bought standards. (It went down the sink.)

                  But if you shop carefully, you can find some pretty good items at better-than-decent prices.

                  1. re: Jeff C.
                    Scirocco Jan 4, 2011 12:12 PM

                    I also read that each TJ can vary because of using regional/local sources, so the same product can be different in each location. There are several lengthy discussions on the "chains" board about what's good and what isn't and what seems to vary by location.

                    I was excited to try it because I hear all the hype, but have not had access to one until now. From what I've read, it's not really for fresh foods, but can be a great resource for high quality packaged foods (is that an oxymoron?). But I don't really use packaged food. So, I'm curious about what I'll find there that I like.

                    I guess I'll view it as a good adventure and outing!

                    1. re: Scirocco
                      Jeff C. Jan 4, 2011 01:00 PM

                      Actually, we had some stuffed pork chops from there the other night that were pretty darn good.

                    2. re: Jeff C.
                      danna Jan 4, 2011 12:13 PM

                      did you get the chocolate eggnog, described in the Chow story as "ghastly"? I love a good adjective.

                      1. re: danna
                        Jeff C. Jan 4, 2011 01:02 PM

                        Just seeing those two words together kind of makes me want to hurl. Actually, it was their "light" egg nog, which...well, I should have known better...

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