Trader Joe's Opening Soon: Ten Items to Be Excited About

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Trader Joe's is opening soon!
A neighbor new to Miami from California recently stopped me and excitedly asked, "Do you know Trader Joe's is opening just a few miles away?" Giddy with the thought of once again roaming the bamboo aisles and purchasing inexpensive wine, he confessed he'd written several letters to the Monrovia, California-based company, asking it to open in Miami.

This fandom is not a one-off story. The company that started as a small convenience-store chain in 1958 has gained a loyal, if not obsessive, following -- with good reason.

Each Trader Joe's is filled with private-label merchandise at prices sometimes significantly lower than those at competing boutique market chains, such as the Fresh Market and Whole Foods. And although the company doesn't claim to be as "upscale" as the others, it does pride itself on offering antibiotic-free meat, not allowing GMOs in private-label products, and carrying sustainable seafood. In 2012, the company signed an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which sees that Florida farm workers get a fair wage and work environment.

The first Miami-Dade location will open October 18 in Pinecrest. The shelves are up and waiting to be stocked with merchandise.

See also: Five Things You Didn't Know About Trader Joe's

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Cuteness overload.
If you haven't been to a Trader Joe's, there are a few things you should know. First, it's cute. Overly cute. Sort of like shopping for produce at Disney World. There are cartoon animals on signs. The Hawaiian-shirt-clad employees are friendly and helpful. They're also empowered to open anything you want to try, so if you're on the fence about those seaweed snacks, just ask.

Then there are bells. And cheering! That's the staff communicating with one another. One bell means it's time to open another register, two bells means someone has a question that needs to be answered at the checkout, and three bells is a request for a manager.

We visited the Naples store over the weekend to investigate just why this store warms the heartstrings of so many shoppers. We walked in a skeptic and walked out a believer. Maybe they put something in the free samples. Or maybe it's the fact that we loaded up the car with five shopping bags and a case of wine for less than $150. Here are the top ten items you'll want to try when Trader Joe's comes to town:

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10. Edamame Hummus
Love hummus? Trader Joe's has nearly a dozen kinds, including roasted pepper, horseradish, and edamame ($2.49). Pass the chips, please.

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9. Wrapped Tomatoes
Supersweet and prepackaged so you don't have to worry about how many germ-ridden hands were squeezing your fruit.


Location Info

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Trader Joe's

9205 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL

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Patricia L Watt
Patricia L Watt

Publix dose have good subs. however Trader Joes has the Jarlsberg cheese!

Alejandrina C Pagola
Alejandrina C Pagola

I lived in Miami for years waiting patiently for Trader Joe's to come. I move to Tampa then they show up....figures

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Glenda Alexandra Suarez

Denis Moreira I know! Everything that has to do with organic or better kinds of foods opens near the rich people. As if us middle class don't also consume these products. We must settle for the few good items that Publix offers.

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Georgina De Armas

where does it say that you're supposed to do all your shopping there?

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Lelia Caitlín Musso
Lelia Caitlín Musso

lmfao imagine thinking that you're supposed to do all your grocery shopping at trader joes

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

that list sucks, olive oil is the only good thing on the list

Vikki Brandi
Vikki Brandi

Just loaded up at store in northcarolina to bring back to miami. Lovethis store!

Laura Wides-Munoz
Laura Wides-Munoz

celebrating that it's coming to Pinecrest is like celebrating that it's coming to Tallahassee. Let's get one in the 79th street plaza, or at least midtown

Alan Posner
Alan Posner

They dont care either. Taking away benefits differs from what the others don't do. Enjoy the store. I won't shop at any business that treats their employees like garbage. There are other stores to shop at.

Sono Mataumo
Sono Mataumo

TJ is cheaper than WholeFoods, true... but their selection is not as extensive as they only sell their brands... now, if you are really watching the $, go to Aldi, that is the poor cousin of the TJ family, but in many cases, if you are smart, you will realize that the basic TJ and Aldi products are similiar, with different labeling. But yeah, the TJ concept is cool, Hawaian shirts and all...

Teri Weinstein
Teri Weinstein

Can't wait!! 5 minutes from my house!! So excited.

miacane86
miacane86

@Keiver Arrow In certain areas, you're right. In others, such as hummus and frozen or pre-prepared foods? I'd have to go with Trader Joes. Though I really, really miss my Publix.

Pinecrest
Pinecrest

@Laura Wides-Munoz Yea lets put one right in the ghetto lol. 

Cheburashka
Cheburashka

@Sono Mataumo I love entertaining and Aldi has come to my rescue more than once...Gotta love their $6 tempranillos and $1.99 goat cheese. Can't wait to see what TJ has to offer!

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