Trader Joe's is basically a store with all the aisles most avoid at the normal grocery store. Most food is overpriced. But the pretentiousness does smell nice.
SUV, Hummer, Pick ups are all good. I just find it funny when one goes to all the trouble of using the reusable bags (concern for the environment) but then drives a Tahoe.
TJ's is definitely not overpriced for what you get. I have found that their prices are very low for the quality that you get. Like I said, I have been shopping there since the 90's before they expanded all over the place. Where else can you get a bottle of halfway decent wine for $3 (used to be called two buck Chuck).
Anyway, for those of you that are unfamiliar with Trader Joes, it's a grocery chain that sells a lot of organic produce, meat, cheese etc, pre-made food items, frozen meals, a good wine and beer selection, etc. It won't have the same selection as an HEB or Kroger, but the stuff they do offer is awesome! You can also get fresh flowers and plants, seasonal items, etc. It's a small, funky grocery chain that originated in California, and has a beachy/surfer theme and the employees wear Hawaiian shirts.
Check out their website to get an idea of what they are all about.
I don't really compare it to whole foods. As you can tell, I freakin LOVE Trader Joe's, but I am not a fan of Whole Foods. I could probably get 10 bags of groceries from TJ's for what it costs for 3 bags of groceries from Whole Foods. To each their own.
I think we will need to venture out to The Woodlands this weekend, I will brave the crowds, hopefully there will be some food left when I get there.
This is like Christmas for me.
Yes, I too find it ironic when people have the recycled bags, wear Birkenstocks and Pachouli oil, but drive a Hummer or Suburban type vehicle.....that's very California for you.
When I lived in Los Angeles I thought TJ's was a pretentious, over priced hippie store hang out. Then a friend of mine pestered me to try it, and I did. Sure they had lots of overpriced products, and the pony tail, canvas bag factor was high. But they also had lower prices on meat and dairy products than any other store. TJ's became the beef, chicken, pork, milk shopping spot.
Not sure if the TJ's in Woodlands will be the same. But it is a little far.
Stopped by this afternoon and the LINES were 20+ people deep. Parking lot was crazy full too. I didn't buy anything mainly cause the lines were to long but they didn't have my chili lime pistachios. Guess they don't carry them anymore.