Trader Joe’s

by Kate Travis

Previous Review:

What is it?

Trader Joe’s

My review:

In a time and society where virtually everyone is expected to work long hours, often without a ton of pay, preparing food that tastes good and is good for you is often so stressful and expensive that many people just opt for fast food. Trader Joe’s combats both the stress and inaccessibility of making such food. Their extensive frozen foods aisle offers many balanced meals that can be prepared in the microwave in mere minutes, and their food comes at an affordable price. The design of the stores makes the customer feel like they are in a high-end grocery store, like Whole Foods, but the food itself offers the nutrition and flavor of more expensive grocers, without the high price point. Trader Joe’s, then, offers a way to make every person feel like they can eat healthy, delicious food, without all of the stress and anxiety that cooking often entails.

Differences in reviews:

While the previous reviewer focused more on the experience of shopping and the “local feel” of the stores, my review focused more on the food and the price of the items.

Previous Review Text:

Though I hate grocery shopping, what gets me through it is being able to go to Trader Joe’s every week. Trader Joe’s, like what Starbucks aimed for back in the day, creates a local, personalized shopping experience. Part of its charm lies in the murals it hires artists to paint on the walls, which are connected thematically to the city or town the store is located in. Shoppers can also purchase reusable shopping bags that represent the town they live in (I’ve started somewhat of a collection from all the places I’ve lived). Regardless of whether TJ’s is located in San Francisco or Greenville. it evokes a neighborhood-y vibe. Other grocery store chains feel much more corporate and impersonal when you walk through their doors. The friendly staff also contribute to the pleasant environment of TJ’s stores. Last but not least, TJ’s selection of items limit the options shoppers must browse through to find what they want, making grocery shopping much more efficient and stress-free than what it can be.

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