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Trader Joe's is Coming to Town
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November 27, 2012
9:20 pm
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Yeah! Now I wont have to go to santa monica or west la

November 27, 2012
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Myrna was a statue in front of the high school for a long time, right? Cool avatar.(e.g. the model).

November 27, 2012
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Salty sez:

"Another thing I notice about TJ's is that by all accounts they are essentially a supermarket but none of their stores so far have anywhere near the same square footage as the typical modern supermarket even if you took out the banking and Starbucks, service deli and bakery."

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They don't have a number of competing brands - keeping house brands keeps them price competitive and there is little duplication of products.

November 27, 2012
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verona said 
Does anyone remember the "first" one on National and Westwood...OMG that was a such a small store and parking lot.  You really had to mentally prepare yourself to attempt a shopping there.

 

Yes Verona, I remember that store, (I went to Uni. High, class of '74), it was the first Trader Joe's I ever shopped at, and it was a really awkward location.

And since I am an AWOAK (Always West Of Abbot Kinney) kinda guy, and prefer not to drive and don't own a car,  I am not often near a T.J.'s, and I really like their products. Guess I'll have to keep waiting, and going there when I can. I find none of their current locations convenient, but I can survive without T.J.'s in Venice/MDR, maybe just barely though.

Thanks for the memory!

November 27, 2012
10:04 pm
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Seems to me that if someone wanted to make a couple of bucks they could do so by making a "Trader Joe's" delivery business ...

November 27, 2012
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There's a Trader Joe's in Westwood Village now (it's down the street from a City Target which is where Bullocks used to be.)

 

And a big shout out to Uni Folks (I would have been Uni '77 but I finished HS at Birmingham HS in the valley.)

November 28, 2012
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Chessy Peake said
Myrna was a statue in front of the high school for a long time, right? Cool avatar.(e.g. the model).

Correct! Although a statue still stands there today, just not the original.

 

Bret said
Seems to me that if someone wanted to make a couple of bucks they could do so by making a "Trader Joe's" delivery business ...

A few years ago some people in Mammoth Lakes tried doing just that with no success. Of course they were dealing with 100's of miles and many hours of driving just to get a few TJ's specialty items and then of course the savings just didn't add up when the well stocked, local VONS is sitting right there in their town.

 

knewfield said
And since I am an AWOAK (Always West Of Abbot Kinney) kinda guy, and prefer not to drive and don't own a car,  I am not often near a T.J.'s, and I really like their products. Guess I'll have to keep waiting, and going there when I can. I find none of their current locations convenient, but I can survive without T.J.'s in Venice/MDR, maybe just barely though.

Mr AWOAK-d00d, you're a rarity in this city. You are aware of this invention they have now? It's called a bicycle. I used to be a AWOP and felt sorry for EOP's like you.

I'm salty and that's what keeps me spicy ©

November 28, 2012
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A W E O L... east side. 

most of the people claiming they stay west of abbot kinney are back in wisconsin visiting mom an dad.

i stay east of lincoln. and occasionally head west to fight it out with the bums and coffe addicts.. if im not AWEOL. im west of the bike path. AWOBP!!

November 28, 2012
1:00 pm
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Saltwater, your other avatar? Way hotter.

November 2, 2013
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Just heard a new rumor regarding this topic.  I was told the dry cleaner and vitamin store at the corner of Flower and Lincoln were to be closing soon to make way for a Trader Joe's at that location.  There is a big parking lot behind those stores so it's not a completely crazy place to put one.    Anyone know the owners of one of those stores?  

I'd love to know if there is any substance to this latest rumor; I've heard rumors of a TJ's coming to the area for the last 12 years, so I'm not getting my hopes up too much.

November 3, 2013
8:18 pm
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Doubtful.  Way too small

November 3, 2013
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Lot size compared to Whole Foods. 

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