Some Guy Named Joe

December 6, 2010 at 1:55pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Trader Joe’s opened this weekend in SouthPointe. I didn’t venture into the neighborhood, but what I hear from those who did is that the store was packed with people and pretty much empty of products. Lincolnites haven’t been in this much of a food frenzy since Famous Dave’s came to town.

Did you make it to TJ’s this weekend? Which was more entertaining, the shopping experience or people watching?

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Fletch December 6, 2010 at 2:56pm

I’ve been excited about it opening, and I heard about the crowds and we had a bunch of stuff going on, so I didn’t get there yet. I will this week, for sure. I’ve got to get me some honey and sesame-covered cashews. Mmmm.

If you want to damper any enthusiasm about the store, just venture over to Deena Winter’s blog, where she and Roger Yant make this seem like the absolute worst thing to ever, ever happen to the Star City. Geez, it’s a small niche grocery store - it’s not going to put anyone out of business, people. And even though they are not owned locally, it’s generating sales tax dollars and wages locally. (Psst, those are good things!)

Andrew December 6, 2010 at 3:49pm

I was a long time Trader Joes fan before I moved to Nebraska. I went this weekend because I was down in the area and with part of 27th street still closed off, I didn’t know how long it would be before I was down there again. Anyways, besides the insane crowd they had for opening weekend, the main thing I was glad about was that the prices were relatively low, and similar to what I remembered them being. As long as the prices stay low, I will continue to shop at TJ over many of the local markets. The location is kind of weak, and would probably be the last place I would pick to have a grocery store I shopped at regularly.

Mr. Wilson December 6, 2010 at 3:53pm

It is indeed a very odd location choice. Parking and access are both iffy.

lisa December 6, 2010 at 4:23pm

We checked it out. It was busy but we loaded up on favorites that we enjoyed while visiting family on both coasts.

Laurie December 7, 2010 at 2:45am

We went on Saturday afternoon. Busy, busy, busy, so it was hard to spend time browsing. I am going to love having Trader Joe’s here in town, though. Prices were reasonable. As busy as they were, checkout was only about 5 minutes.

Welcome to town, Trader Joe’s!

Gene December 7, 2010 at 5:08pm

I would be skeptical of anything Deena Winter and Roger Yant agree on. Maybe Roger Yant is upset because the Trader Joe’s location was where he was hoping to put Pioneer Village after the big move.

Stacy December 7, 2010 at 10:44pm

I stopped there today since I’ve never been to one before.  I can see me going to pick up some specialty things, but it’s not going to take over my full time shopping store.  I think it’s wonderful that they are here though, as many of my friends see as it as a perfect compliment to Open Harvest.

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