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Old 02-17-2014, 10:14 AM   #16
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I am really looking forward to shopping at Trader Joe's once the crowds have died down a bit. There are certain things you can get there at really good prices that you just can't find anyplace else. As an example, they have really awesome rosemary/raisin crisp crackers for about $3 a box. The closest thing at Whole Foods is about $8 a box. For crackers? That's nuts. My favorite lavender soap is at Trader Joe's. Awesome frozen mac n' cheese. Their selection of Christmas cookies and chocolates can't be beat. Their cheese selection is extensive and far less expensive than King Sooper's, Sprouts or
Whole Foods. I guess you have to have been a Trader Joe's shopper for awhile to know what's good. My usual rotation will be King Sooper's for most shopping, Costco for bulk items and Trader Joe's for specialty items. Add in Whole Foods for some specialty items, Pacific Ocean for Asian and that pretty much covers everything. And yes, I like to cook.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:21 AM   #17
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Besides the cheap wine, that is where Trader Joe's excels; all the fancy TJ-labeld packed goods they offer. For the other basics I'll stick with Sprouts for most stuff and King Soupers for the rest.
There is a lot of tasty stuff there, and like any store, a lot of things that are either expensive or not that good. Sprouts is still my go to grocery, but there are some benefits of TJ's...

Don't get the prepopped kettle corn unless you're willing to eat the whole bag.

Cheep olive oil.

Cold singles of beer.

Better wine selection than most grocery stores.

The veggie fried rice is great with some scrambled egg added.

Decent cheese selection.

...And there's a reason why some call it Cougar Joe's.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:56 PM   #18
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I think you're paying for the premium experience of having two choices of peanut butter instead of 30 at King Soopers.
I buy my raw almond butter at King Soupers. Best price.
Roasted nut oils are not good for you and the raw flavor is awesome.
Most of those other 30 butters have nasty corn syrup in their anyway.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:59 PM   #19
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I'll be interested in seeing how the alcohol section turns out.

How is it divided up in the stores that are open already?
Separate outside entrance completely or store within a store?

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There is a lot of tasty stuff there, and like any store, a lot of things that are either expensive or not that good. Sprouts is still my go to grocery, but there are some benefits of TJ's...

Don't get the prepopped kettle corn unless you're willing to eat the whole bag.

Cheep olive oil.

Cold singles of beer.

Better wine selection than most grocery stores.

The veggie fried rice is great with some scrambled egg added.

Decent cheese selection.

...And there's a reason why some call it Cougar Joe's.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:15 AM   #20
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I'll be interested in seeing how the alcohol section turns out.

How is it divided up in the stores that are open already?
Separate outside entrance completely or store within a store?
Store not stores. Only one can sell liquor. Just like Costco the one in Parker sells liquor.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:24 AM   #21
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OT curious about the liquor laws

I thought one store could have alcohol, but is that by county or state?

I ask because the Wadsworth Costco, just south of 285 Littleton? definitely Jeffco, has liquor and I know others do not, but the Parker one has liquor as well?
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:04 PM   #22
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1 liquor license per owner for retail sales in co. So only 1 trader joes gets liquor.
Also the Costco in Lakewood has liquor in the Costco. No sesperate entry. It is in the store just like the rest of their goods. They also carry the Kirkland labeled beer wine and liquor.
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1 liquor license per owner for retail sales in co. So only 1 trader joes gets liquor.
Also the Costco in Lakewood has liquor in the Costco. No sesperate entry. It is in the store just like the rest of their goods. They also carry the Kirkland labeled beer wine and liquor.

Liquor laws are based on certain criteria. Some is grandfatered in for things like drug stores, etc. Sam's Club and some Costco have liquor stores attached that are owned by someone else. Not really any price break, just another liquor store. Don't know the whole scoop, but as stated above, you can only own one store. Some people have maybe a group of 7 stores that they all have investments in, but only one different name on each liquor license.
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:19 PM   #24
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I also don't understand the big Hub Bub. Just like "Steak N Shake", I thought the shakes were terrible and the food was marginal. The original owners had to boost price above corporate guidlines to make any money and were shut down for failure to follow corporate franchise rules. I won't ever see the need to step foot in Trader Joe's.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:17 PM   #25
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I think you're paying for the premium experience of having two choices of peanut butter instead of 30 at King Soopers.
But way better prices than Whole Paycheck.

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Old 02-18-2014, 02:07 PM   #26
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Don't go public. The Joes will burn your house down.

I think between Whole Paycheck and Vitamin Cottage....there are plenty of options out there.



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We went by the Trader Joe's that opened this weekend.



I just don't get the hype. I found it to be a cross between a Costco with all the prepackaged foods and a weak grocery store having limited options. Okay there's a lot of organic stuff but it's all at a premium which is more than is already locally available. The milk is from CA by the codes on the carton. The eggs are more than king soopers on a matching product, and more than my local chicken lady for the organic. I'm given to think that part of organic and green eating is the whole local part of it. The Dr. Bronners was a good price, as was the tea tree oil (just a couple drops in a laundry load). And who sells bananas by the each and not the pound.... meh. Of course I live in a grocery desert so I'd be happy if any of them could bother to locate near me.

Seems like left coast chain coming to their people. Kinda like Krispy Kreem (which sucks compared to the local grown Lamars), and Dunkin which is actually not bad at all coming to feed the east coast influx. Haven't gotten to try VooDoo yet. I want to just slap the idiots who want white castle..... tho I've heard good things about In-n-out........ not like we need another burger chain in CO.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:33 PM   #27
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I like bits about TJ...
Their TJ beer isn't too shabby. The Simpler Times Lager is a high octane version of PBR. The TJ Bock is nice (another high octane brew).

Their bean coffee is ok.

Their soup in a box is reasonably priced.

Seems to be popular with the chicks/coeds.

That's about all I can say that make a visit worthwhile.

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Their staff is top shelf, always cheerful.

The food seems more geared for couples or singles or people that daily shop.

I feel out of place when I go there, like Invasion of the Body Snatchers out of place. My truck seems to get their spidey senses tingling.
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Seems like left coast chain coming to their people. Kinda like Krispy Kreem (which sucks compared to the local grown Lamars), and Dunkin which is actually not bad at all coming to feed the east coast influx. Haven't gotten to try VooDoo yet. I want to just slap the idiots who want white castle..... tho I've heard good things about In-n-out........ not like we need another burger chain in CO.

Being a Mainer the only thing I missed from back east was Dunkin coffee. I was thrilled when I heard they were building two at the airport. One at the new waiting area and one inside Terminal A. Since I fly in and outta Terminal A every 3 weeks it just makes it that much better.
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1 liquor license per owner for retail sales in co. So only 1 trader joes gets liquor.
Also the Costco in Lakewood has liquor in the Costco. No sesperate entry. It is in the store just like the rest of their goods. They also carry the Kirkland labeled beer wine and liquor.
So there will be 5 total TJ in Colorado and only 1 has hootch?
Bummer. Besides Charles Shaw wine TJ always had alot of other solid wines for a $1 or 2 more a bottle.

The Colorado Blvd one sells it
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So that law is the ultimate reason TJ took so long.
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Being a Mainer the only thing I missed from back east was Dunkin coffee. I was thrilled when I heard they were building two at the airport. One at the new waiting area and one inside Terminal A. Since I fly in and outta Terminal A every 3 weeks it just makes it that much better.
I assume you still brew it at home as you can buy a bag of it all day long at the supermarket.

I do know what you mean, those stores are all over Maine. I was in Maine for 3 tours last fall and even the smallest of towns has one...not to mention Tim Horton's, from Canada, up in the north part of the state. DD is premium tasting coffee for gas station shit coffee prices. Makes Starbucks look like an utter joke and rip off.

I thought people from Maine are Maniacs?
That's what I told my tour groups at least
& yes we stopped at DD at least once a tour.
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