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Trader Joe's, SF -- Is Caille Millner right?

Hope it's okay to post this here. In yesterday's Chronicle a columnist complained that stock is low and and "there's always a fight for what you want." And apparently stuff isn't restocked until Monday? I was planning on going to the South of Market store this evening (Sunday). Bad idea? Or was she using poetic license?

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  1. "That stuff is great, and it was a Saturday afternoon, which means that they may not have restocked it before Monday."

    A poorly written sentence.

    1. Sunday night is the busiest time at TJs, especially that store. Have you been to the Nob Hill branch, in the old Cala? It's a good alternative if you're nearby.

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      1. At the Trader Joe's in the South bay, the stores always get a big shipment on Thursdays, and often, some things I want are sold out by Sunday evening. When I ask the staff when a certain item might get restocked, the answer is often "come back on Thursday." This was especially the case for the old Sunnyvale store before it expanded/moved, because it was smaller and didn't have as much room. In general, I try to avoid going to TJ's Monday-Wednesday.

        1. hmmm, I seldom encounter a low stock problem at the Fisherman's Wharf branch.

          1. FWIW: Wednesday is restocking day in Menlo Park...

            1. Decided to go early Tuesday evening instead. South of Market branch was busy, but not bad. Didn't get into a fist fight over the kale (or anything else). Shelves seemed well-stocked. Took it all to my son's tiny apartment and we made a nice mess cooking like mad. On the way back to the bay bridge I noticed a new (to me?) Whole Foods that I might check out next time, if there is a next time.

              1. OK, of course every store is different, so it depends on what items y'all are looking for. Our store (Alameda #109) gets two trucks a day but many items are ordered 2-5 days out. So if one or more customers go on a hoarding spree, certain items might not be back in stock for several days. (Super frustrating if you're an Order Writer)

                Sunday & Monday are generally the busiest shopping days of the week. If you're in line by 10:00 am on Sunday you're usually good to go. After 6 pm can be dicey depending on backstock levels and items needed.

                If you can go midweek, you might have better luck depending on the size of the store and amount of crew members available on the floor. Again, every store is different, so check in with the folks in the office with any supply issues/questions. That's their job.

                1. Having just read the beginning of that article, I think she's just using poetic license. I have been to the SoMA TJs many times (including Sundays) and never felt like it was understocked.

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                  1. re: Dave MP

                    You give Ms., Millner the benefit of the doubt saying "poetic license." She's right about as often as broken clock. Reading her column on a regular basis leads one to conclude that she gets up each morning, places a bee in her bonnet, and goes about her kvetchy business.

                    The only problem with the SOMA TJ's is the parking lot, which is a tad unwieldy.

                    1. re: Rapini

                      Oh, that parking lot is a nightmare! And, for a walking city, it's awkward getting in and out of that shopping center on foot, too.

                      My TJ's shopping in the city was probably evenly split between that location and the Stonestown one and I never noticed either one being egregiously understocked.

                      1. re: Rapini

                        There's usually plenty of parking on the roof.