Inquiring minds unfamiliar with Trader Joe’s have asked what a TJ’s store is really like. Since we are not ones to shirk questions from honest locals, we went to great lengths to obtain actual photos of an actual Trader Joe’s store. This one is in Des Moines, Iowa. The residents of Des Moines did a petition and campaign to get Trader Joe’s to come to their area. Obviously, their campaign was successful and Des Moines got a Trader Joe’s store in late 2010.
In the slideshow you can see the variety of products available at Trader Joe’s, and also get a sense of some of the prices. Trader Joe’s stores are not huge, averaging 8,000-12,000 square feet (compare that to the typical Walmart size of 98,000-210,000 sq. feet or Meijer at 200,000-250,000 sq. feet, and you can see that Trader Joe’s stores are much more manageable and much less imposing). And again, everything carrying the Trader Joe’s label has no GMOs, no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors, and no added trans-fats.
Photos are from my own trip to the Des Moines Trader Joe’s in July of 2012.