Five Things You Didn't Know About Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's: Some fun facts to know before you go.
Trader Joe's is finally bringing its first store to southeast Florida. Joe's plans to open a location in the tony Pinecrest neighborhood in 2013 and Miami is all abuzz over the prospect of shopping for trail mix, nectarines, and cheap wine.

The grocer has something of a cult following in the cities it serves. Since opening its first store in 1967 in Pasadena, California the shop, which features an adventurer's club theme complete with cedar walls and Hawaiian shirt-clad employees, has been a favorite among consumers, ranking second in supermarket chains by Consumer Reports.

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In case you haven't been to a Trader Joe's, Short Order has come up with a list of five things you didn't know about the store. Consider it a little primer on all things Joe -- and something to chew on before the first Miami location opens in Pinecrest some time in 2013.

5. Do I hear bells?
Walk into a Trader Joe's and you may hear a ringing in your ears. Don't worry -- that's not tinnitus. That's the internal messaging system. Trader Joe's has no PA system in its stores, but instead relies on a nautical bell to communicate information to its employees.

One bell means it's time to open another register. Two bells? Someone has a questions that need to be answered at the checkout and three bells is a request for a manager.

4. Trader Joe's sells more than food.

The biggest misconception about Trader Joe's is that it's a great place to buy brie and wine, but you've got to make another trip to buy the staples. "Not so", says Alison Mochizuki, director of national publicity for the market chain. "We don't only sell exotic food. We carry pet food, flowers, greeting cards, and canned goods. In fact, we started canning our own corn in 1982, and the yellow label is unchanged."

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And in Ft.Lauderdale!!!

Marjorie Wong Mishkin
Marjorie Wong Mishkin

Now if they would only open in Miami Beach as I have been pleading for years!

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