In a word: I.
Given, Trader's is a pleasant, happy even, place to shop. The employees are generally helpful, congenial, and engaging. Their products are of quality -- the pizzas and flatbreads, for instance, are excellent and the pricing under Trader Joe's label, is considerably below that of other brands.
Their meats are a great buy; nuts, olive oil, cheeses excellent. And I could go on and on singing their praises; but that's not my point, is it?
So what's the problem?
1. The parking lots of every Trader's we've ever been in are tight and ingress/egress poorly designed. Could it be the same firm? Perhaps an entire firm of non-drivers?
2. While of excellent quality, the produce is not local. I could be wrong about this, but have asked different store personnel and they've concurred. And while this is not a game changer for me, we do like to shop locally, particularly in our growing season. And so we do.
3. THE ISSUE is this: We try a lot of their products or products they feature. We get hooked. We crave. We buy. After a few months the products disappear. Specifically, a decaff green tea we LOVED. The same with a lavender body wash and hand soap. (At least I found these on the internet and can buy in bulk).
We weren't so lucky with their French roast, decaf coffee-- superior to many expensive brands (we've tried them all) -- rich and flavorful. And alas, gone. (They still carry the caffeinated version, however). And the product that prompted this rant: Trader Joe's frozen arancini (little Italian rice balls filled with cheese). We love them, our grand daughter loves them, everybody loves them, and they are no more. Discontinued. Nada. Try buying these from Amazon!
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.