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Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

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Article speaks for itself! Stay away!!!!!! You've been warned!!

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  1. Haha. For a recent and amusing (at least to me) piece about Trader Joe's cultists, see http://traderjoessecrets.blogspot.com...

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    1. re: drongo

      So true, drongo! And what is up with those miniscule parking spaces? Are TJ customers supposed to drive those miniature "smart cars" that look like my grandson's sneaker?

      1. re: RosePearl

        You have some actual data that the parking spaces at TJ's are smaller than other stores? I'd love to see that.

        My understanding is that TJ's leases virtually all their stores, and as such, would have little influence over the parking lot design. Not to mention the landlord wouldn't want to make the spaces smaller in the event they have to re-lease the space. Plus, local zoning codes specify the size of parking spaces.

        1. re: carolinadawg

          Our TJs is in a strip shopping center where all the parking is the same. And the one we go to in Seattle is an underground garage also part of a bigger complex. I don't recall ever seeing a stand alone TJs.

            1. re: c oliver

              I've only been to the Cambridge location once but I think it's a freestanding building.

            2. re: carolinadawg

              i hit up three different TJs.
              the striping is different for each.
              the Culver City TJs is located in a lot run by Culver City
              the Westchester, CA lot is run by their landlord as is the Manhattan Beach lot.

            3. re: RosePearl

              The TJ's in Westfield, NJ, has 8'x19' parking spaces instead of the standard 9'x20' spaces. They inherited that layout from previous tenants, and had to get a variance from the township. See http://www.goleader.com/97stories/97a... (though that link has a typo and says 8'x10' instead of 8'x19' -- 8'x10' would truly be only for Smart Cars... or a motorcycle with sidecar as in Two Fat Ladies!)

              1. re: RosePearl

                I agree. I drive a full size GMC pickup. It's a small and crazy parking lot.

                1. re: emglow101

                  Not all of them. Only one that has been identified, and only then because they inherited the parking situation. The lengths to which people go to belittle TJ's is truly astounding.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    Not to belittle Trader Joes. I shop there and like the store. I was there today. Love the store, hate the parking lot. And I have asked others where I live and say the same thing,

                    1. re: emglow101

                      So TJs is the only store on that parking lot? Or they re-painted theirs smaller?

                      1. re: c oliver

                        No. Bed Bath and Beyond and many others. It's the parking in front of the store. There are four rows of parking spaces with two entrances. Even when you are slowly backing out I have had cars squeeze through. It's tight. You have to keep your head on a swivel. I park away next to BBandB, there's just more room.

                        1. re: emglow101

                          So those parking spaces ARE bigger? Weird.

              1. Now, now. Be thorough. " Trader Joe's, Costco, Food 4 Less, Foods Co. and Kroger stores "

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                    1. re: c oliver

                      Hahaha

                      TJ's pisses me off with their pricing. I stopped in my local one the other day big sign; "Bell Peppers $ .99" that's a great price!!! Then I see after the $ .99 it says "ea" not "lbs". $ .99 each isn't a bargain at all, but I don't know any other store that uses a per item price on bell peppers, they are always sold by weight. That annoys me with TJ's, well that and their stupid shirts!!!

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        Hmm, I can't recall offhand ever seeing bell peppers priced by the pound.

                        1. re: carolinadawg

                          Always in Jersey, $.99 - $1.99 is average per pound price, red are generally $1.99 - $2.99 per lbs and orange and yellow are $2.99-$3.99 per lbs.

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            I can't remember pricing when last in NYC but I do remember all over the Left Coast, it's generally by the each.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              In WA they are almost always by the pound, at least in Seattle, at the stores I shop at.

                              1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                Hmm, we visit Seattle a couple of times a year (grandchild, ya know) and I thought they were each. I'll ask my daughter to look at Freddy's next time she's there. That's usually where we shop. (We LOVE Fred Meyer!)

                                1. re: c oliver

                                  Are all FM's the same? Or are they different in different regions? I think they used to be, not sure if that's still the case.

                                  1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                    Well, I know they're Kroger now and honestly we've only been shopping at SEA ones for the last few years. Mostly.

                            2. re: jrvedivici

                              Yes, here in NJ, I usually see prices per lb-- exactly the same prices as jr quotes (we must go to the same store!).

                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                Nyc also by the lb (manhattan), as of this afternoon at fairway $1.99/lb for green and $4.99/lb for red, yellow, and orange.
                                TJs is the only grocery in manhattan selling them per pc.

                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                  here in Philly always by the LB although bizarrely expensive - I even got a cashier at the local grocery to laugh when I declined to buy a single pepper that rang up for more than I would pay for steak there LOL. TJ's is all about marketing LOL and the switch from per lb to per each for costly items is the oldest trick in the book

                                  1. re: JTPhilly

                                    Isn't that funny that in other areas and not just TJs we seem them mostly as each and rarely by the pound.

                                    1. re: JTPhilly

                                      Virtually all stores in my area price peppers by unit...and TJ's is cheaper than most. I like that "trick"!

                                      One reason TJ's prices are lower is that they don't spend money on "marketing".

                                  2. re: carolinadawg

                                    It's REALLY rare that I see them, other than the green ones, priced other than by the "each." Usually it's the rare occasion when they become affordable enough to sell them that way.

                                    ETA: And TJs is a Left Coast company.

                                    1. re: c oliver

                                      Left Coast of Europe -- i.e. German company!

                                      1. re: drongo

                                        A hands off German owner...corporate HQ is in California where the company was founded.

                                        1. re: carolinadawg

                                          Yes, that's what I was referring to. I forget sometimes the German connection.

                                          1. re: carolinadawg

                                            Overwhelmingly in CA, I admit. (And when I lived in CA for most of the 1980s, the company had stores ONLY in CA).

                                        2. re: c oliver

                                          I'll also throw in that I purchased one of their PB&J chocolate candy bars prominently displayed in front of their cash registers. Eager to be surprised by my confectionary treat, alas it sucked too!

                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                            Try their chocolate covered ginger and pomegranite 'seeds.' Crazy good.

                                        3. re: jrvedivici

                                          TJ items are either pre-packed and have that minimum weight or produce items are sold by the each.

                                          There aren't any scales at the register. The Department of Weights and Measures does not have to monitor and test scales regularly, only random testing of the pre-packed items.

                                          Grab and go meals are a big part of their business. The pre-made sandwiches, salads, packs of cooked chicken, turkey, even hard boiled eggs as well as 19 cents each bananas are easy and not quite as 'fast food'.

                                          1. re: Cathy

                                            My TJ's doesn't have grab and go meals nor pre-made sandwiches. Unless the grab and go meals are in their vast frozen food section which I never really look at. There is no deli section and to my knowledge very limited deli meats like pre-cut and packages turkey.

                                            The peppers are not pre-packed just individually in a bin for picking.

                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                              Yes, individual vegetables and fruits as well as pre- packed ones are in center bins (not refrigerated).

                                              I'm talking about the open refrigerated areas along the walls.

                                              Dairy, cheeses, lunchmeats, bagged lettuces, packaged veggies, hummus, salsas, whole (uncooked) chickens, steaks, bacon. Sandwiches, wraps, salads with add ins, containers of eggless egg salad, individual canned beverages and water bottles are also in the display areas, in a general grouping.

                                              "My" (closest) TJs is right next to a hospital and I see employees as well as visitors walking over and picking up items for immediate consumption (as well as customers buying cases of wine and doing weekly shopping).

                                              I'm in Southern California but have shopped at TJs in Michigan and Massachusetts and have seen all of those items in the open refrigerated areas also.

                                              1. re: Cathy

                                                I've read about TJ's that sell liquor as well, I think my store must be a smaller or watered down version of what most others are.

                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                  With regard to liquor and wine at TJ's, a lot depends on state law. Here in Manhattan, I believe only one TJ's sells booze. Something to do with requiring a separate entrance, if I recall correctly.

                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                    Is the one that sells liquor actually a second store next to or quite near the non-liquor store. I seem to remember that. Here in CA, you can buy liquor just about anywhere so it seems odd when we visit NYC. But then, hey, we can have it delivered which seems like the height of luxury :)

                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                      Yes, the one on 14th Street has a separate entrance and I believe is the only one in the city that sells wine. There is, or at least was, also a state law that limits the stores to only one location per licensee. Quite a few years ago Governor Paterson proposed changing those laws, and also raising the tax on liquor. But the liquor store lobby (who knew there was such a thing? but why should we be surprised?) put the kibosh on that.

                                                  2. re: jrvedivici

                                                    Well, it's no wonder you call some TJ patrons "loyalists". We have it a bit better than you and that's why we like it.

                                                    1. re: Cathy

                                                      or not. very strange that a group will defend a grocery store. IT's a grocery store!! over priced and understocked on an average day.

                                                      1. re: genoO

                                                        Actually, it's not strange at all. What's strange is that a "group" attacks and denigrates a grocery store. Which they can easily avoid having to shop at.

                                                        1. re: genoO

                                                          What's truly strange is that most of this thread is no longer talking about the recall but about TJ's in general.

                                                          This appears to be the norm whenever TJ is mentioned.

                                                      2. re: jrvedivici

                                                        In NJ, a company can only have 2 liquor licenses, so TJ's can only have 2 stores that sell liquor -- I think it's Westfield and Princeton.

                                                        OTOH, Shoprite is actually not a company but a collective with multiple member companies -- so perhaps there could be more than 2 Shoprites in the state that sell liquor (but actually, I know of none).

                                                        1. re: drongo

                                                          To clarify (and I'm not 100% sure of this so please do correct me if I'm wrong) a "company" as defined as one corporation or entity, correct? So if each TJ's is individually incorporated, then each one can have their own liquor license correct? Or theoretically each one could have 2 based on what you are saying.

                                                          I know for chain restaurants each one is generally individually incorporated for liability purposes.

                                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                                            I obviously don't have the complete story, because chain restaurants and chain liquor stores do indeed have more than two locations in the state with liquor licenses. It seems to be supermarkets specifically that are restricted.

                                                          2. re: drongo

                                                            Whoa, that is way weird way to do it.
                                                            After reading that I had to do some research on how different states do it, and then went into a spiral of wikipedia lookups regarding population, area, population density etc to try to understand why NJ does it the way they do.

                                                            1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                              It's hard to figure out why things are done the way they are in the "Soprano State"!

                                                    2. re: Cathy

                                                      I saw some Bananas at TJ that were .19 each.I like the shreaded Collard Greens.

                                                    3. re: jrvedivici

                                                      FWIW, here's a previous thread discussing prices by the piece/pound: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7715...

                                                      I have uneventfully eaten, fresh, 3 boxes of TJ peaches so far this season. People read
                                                      "possible" contamination and assume everything is tainted.

                                                      1. re: greygarious

                                                        Enjoyed two boxes last month. No problems. Sure would hate to give up on the only June peaches worth having in New England. The only real alternative for us (in June) are the SC peaches which are probably excellent when purchased locally (in SC), but are completely unpredictable when purchased here in NE (some are excellent, many are dry / mealy).

                                                      2. re: jrvedivici

                                                        none of the tjs near me has scales.
                                                        cross the street to ralphs and pay for them to weigh all the peppers. . . .

                                                    4. re: jrvedivici

                                                      Well TJ and some other stores have had those ol withered up veg.Some Customers will still by those veg it they say the word organic.The Customer thinks that's the norm.

                                                  3. we had a robo-call from Wegmans that peaches or nectarines we purchased "since June 1" may be tainted.

                                                    1. Apparently, Whole Foods also had a fruit recall, sorry, not giving up Whole Foods. In the world we live in, I suspect these type of recalls can happen to the best of them.