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Sep 19, 2012 07:49 PM

Trader Joe's stops denying the rumors - Pinecrest

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    1. That's the old Borders Bookstore location. Seems small and parking is going to be a hassle.

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      1. re: miaedu

        Very interesting! Can walk out of Shorty's, cross the street, get some shopping done and ease on home......


        1. re: miaedu

          I thought the same thing. Having been to numerous other Trader Joe's...I doubt they would have waited this long to execute on that space if they did not have a solution to the parking.

          1. Never been to one. what should I be looking forward to?

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              1. re: The Chowfather

                3 Buck Chuck (it has been Two Buck Chuck but I imagine we'll find a way to raise it.)

                  1. re: taiga

                    In Chicago, it's always been 3 buck chuck. I think it's probably only 2 buck chuck in California.

                  2. re: The Chowfather

                    sugar fairies and gumdrops and all sorts of magical things. If you travel and shop around a lot, it's not going to shock and revolutionize your life, but it's one of those things you enjoy having around. Great prices, items you don't really see anywhere else (esp. at those prices), very eclectic overall, etc. etc. Last time I was at one, I realized that their selection appealed equally to hipsters, hippies and old people- pretty genius. I saw all three with the exact same items in their carts.

                    Personally, I just like the chocolate covered cherries.

                  3. I read the link provided by lax2mia. The excitement some people display over a grocery store truly boggles the mind. For someone to drive 4.5 hrs round-trip to go grocery shopping and then spend another few hrs blogging about it really shows how lonely and bored this poor soul must be. Seriously, you must not have much going on in your life if you get that worked up about groceries.

                    On another note, as a resident of South Dade along the US 1 corridor, I am blown away by the # of grocery stores. From Dadeland to Eureka Drive directly on or adjacent to US 1 (less than 7 miles), there are 7 Publix stores, a Winn-Dixie, Whole Foods, Fresh Market and now a Trader Joe's. Seems like over-saturation but I guess the feasibility studies and demographics support it. Publix is the most shocking: one of their biggest and best stores is at US 1/SW 146 St and now they're nealy done with a monstrosity next to Home Depot on US 1/SW 132 St. Never mind that they have a smaller, older store just north of The Falls about 0.7 miles from the new one.

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                    1. re: drew5720

                      People eat a few times a day. If you compare their enthusiasm for food to -- let's say sports or shopping -- I hardly think it's crazy, though I can see your argument. This is life in the United States.

                      1. re: drew5720

                        Have you ever been to a Trader Joe's? For me it is very simple to understand (whether I agree or not is a different story). If you have only ever been to a Sedano's or a Food Lion or a Price Choice type store and imagined all grocers were similar, then suddenly you waltz into Trader Joe's which is very inexpensive and features a very different selection, you would be impressed/amused/excited. Now add to that the fact that most people have only been to a Trader Joe's while on vacation (and hopefully a great vacation at that), you throw endorphins and nostalgia into the mix.

                        For these people, Trader Joe's triggers nothing but good feelings.

                        1. re: Icantread

                          Here, here.

                          Trader Joe's opened about 3 blocks away from me and I go there several days a week. There's a different vibe I get from TJs that I can't get from the others. Also, I buy and eat a lot more fruit just based on their layout. Jewel is right across the street from TJ, but I hardly go there these days,

                          TJ is just awesome.

                        2. re: drew5720

                          Dude, this is a board about food and you're ripping someone for writing about it. If this isn't a place for people to get excited about a grocery store then where is? And thank for you having so much time on your hands to count the number of Publix, Winn Dixie's, etc. in your little part of the world. From the looks of your posts it looks like you don't get out much and you're perfectly happy hanging out wherever the hell Eureka Drive is so happy shopping.