Do TJ's differ drastically in different regions?
- trolley Feb 13, 2014 05:07 PM
After living in LA for 15 yrs (23 yrs in CA) we moved our family to Colorado. The store frequented the most in CA was Trader Joes and of course when we moved here TJ's didn't exist. I never thought I'd be so homesick for a store!
But tomorrow, a new TJ's is opening!! Hurray! I feel like an old friend is coming over.
So here I am so excited and making my list (praying it won't be a mad house tomorrow) and dawned on me that they may not carry some of my trusted items. I remember going to the TJ's in Scarsdale, NY right near my moms and I recall being disappointed. Do the regions vary greatly? has anyone experienced this??
Well, there are some product categories that are sourced regionally, including dairy, fresh bakery (especially bread), produce, and some fresh prepared foods (like salads). So milk, for instance, comes from different dairies, depending on where you are, and "artisan" bread will vary as it comes from different bakeries. For other items, I think it can vary somewhat, depending on availability, and also probably what sells locally.
well, bc of a colorado law each chain can only have one wine shop that is separate from the store. So my local whole foods is the only one in the entire state that has a wine shop adjacent to it. I think it's silly law but my husband thinks it's to protect the small craft breweries. I still think it's somewhat silly. why not expand it to counties? so that said, the only wine shop that TJ's will have in the entire state, yes the entire state is in Denver. I'm only about 30 min away and go often but clearly won't be weekly. heck, with the wine. I'm more excited for my everyday groceries or many of them to be back in rotation.
yes, and i did expect bread and dairy to be local or from closer sources.
Yes, they differ.
I used to be a Trader Joe's pack mules for my folks, carrying pounds of granola and jellies every year from California to Ohio. Then a TJ's opened near them and I thought "Huzzah"
And yes - but no.
They carried many identical items - basically all the shelf stable stuff. But the breads, dairy products, meats, etc - different. I called the headquarters and was told that they had regional buyers and that yes, some things would be different.
Add in the state by state liquor laws and you will get a bit of a wiggle.
But it's still an awfully nice chain : )
I found that trader joes in CA had most of the same products as the one in nyc- may be different suppliers for fresh produce and dairy etc but still had same assortment of greek yogurts, dips, hummus, frozen foods, etc.... But the CA produce was 100xs better than nyc's ever is!
I went! It was crazy but all the same things are there. Lines took forever but people were generally happy. I never got too much produce at TJ's so it wasn't too much of a concern. i went back the next morning and it was still crowded but the lines were much better. I'm so happy to have TJ's back in the rotation.
I found that the TJ's in CA had the same products as the ones in Chicago. I didn't buy produce at either one because in CA I had roadside stands and Chicago the fruit markets. I'm now in Colorado and am excited to check out the stores here to see if they have my old favorites (haven't been near a TJ's in 2 years). I will probably try the location with the wine to see if they have my favorite Pinot that I used to get at TJ's in Chicago. None of the new locations are close to me at all so I'll have to make a special trip.