Quick, name your favorite product from Trader Joe’s: Mandarin Orange Chicken? Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups? Cauliflower Gnocchi? Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend? If you are like most TJ’s shoppers, you probably can’t limit yourself to just one favorite! This grocery store chain has earned a passionately loyal following for its signature combination of delicious specialty foods, affordable prices, and incredibly friendly customer service …and for those peanut butter cups, too!
The Trader Joe’s at Grossmont Center is a cornucopia of delights. Bunches of vibrantly colored fresh flowers and an array of plants beckon to you from the entrance, with piles of lushly ripe peaches, melons, berries, apples, and other fruits just steps away. The selection of fresh foods is an enticement to eat healthy—in addition to the fruits, there are plenty of veggies, bagged leafy greens, protein-packed lentils and edamame, and premade salads, soups, and wraps that are perfect for lunch on the go.
Ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat foods are the signature of Trader Joe’s. As Manager Keith Miller says, “Shoppers can come here every week and discover something new. We are proud to offer our customers unique flavors, whether it is our Chili Lime Seasoning Blend, Candy Cane Joe Joes, or our new Chocolate Hummus. The people who shop here expect a certain level of quality, and we pride ourselves on being able to meet those expectations.”
The prepared foods work for any occasion, from everyday dinners to large parties. Crowd-pleasing appetizers abound, including the Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Parmesan Pastry Pups, Vegetable Bird’s Nests, and Mini Chicken Tacos. You also can’t go wrong choosing from the wonderful selection of cheeses and pairing a couple of them with a baguette or delectable crackers.
Dinner is a snap to make with frozen or fresh prepared entrees. Pick a cuisine, and they have it—Japanese Style Fried Rice, Brussels Sprouts & Caramelized Onion Ravioli, Chicken Tikka Masala, and so many more. For people who love to cook homemade meals, mouthwatering recipes are only a shopping trip away, thanks to the abundance of basic necessities such as fresh poultry and beef, fish, whole grains, beans, eggs, oils, spices, and sauces.
As simple as it is to whip up a savory meal, it’s just as easy to pack a lunch for work or school. In addition to prepared foods, Trader Joe’s is known for its selection of snacks including granola bars, trail mix, yogurt and applesauce packs, and tasty chips in unusual flavors (Tortilla Chips Seasoned with Brussels Sprouts, Garlic, Onion, & Parlsey, anyone?). Add in the different types of breads, deli meats, and spreads, and you can build a super sandwich to add to your lunch box. With all this great food, it is easy to see why the free samples served in the store are always a hot commodity!
As amazing as the Trader Joe’s inventory is on a regular basis, the grocery store’s seasonal products take things over the top. Do not let the Key Lime Pie pass you by in the spring; in the fall, it is practically impossible to miss out on pumpkin spice, which flavors everything from cereal to cookies. And you know the holiday season has arrived when the shelves are brimming with treats such as Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Egg Nog Greek Whole Milk Yogurt, Soft-Baked Drizzled Gingerbread Oat Bars, the Ugly Sweater Cookie Kit, and countless melt-in-your-mouth candies that make for much-appreciated gifts.
There is so much more that could be said about the food, but attention must be paid to Trader Joe’s renowned beverage selection. Many people love to start their morning with a coffee made from beans ground in store. Smoothie fanatics have a great selection of nut milks that are ideal for blending with some frozen berries or spinach. Teas, cocoas, juices, flavored sparkling waters, beers, kombuchas, and more drinks offer something for everyone. The grocery store’s wine selection is renowned for its range, which spans from high-end, international-label reds and whites to the famous “Two Buck Chuck” and rosé in a can.
Trader Joe’s has also broadened its collection of items that aren’t edible. Personal care products now line the shelves, featuring sunscreen, facial oils, and the customer-favorite Tea Tree Tingle shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Cleaning supplies such as the Super Amazing Kitchen Cloths, Next to Godliness Automatic Dishwasher Detergent, and the lavender-scented Liquid Laundry Detergent keep your home looking and smelling fresh. If you love candles, the odds are good that one of the Trader Joe’s brand candles—in seasonal scents such as Grapefruit, Peony Blossom, and Honeycrisp Apple—will find its way into your shopping cart.
Shopping for groceries is a true pleasure at Trader Joe’s, where the employees work hard to provide exceptional customer service. Staffers build relationships with regular shoppers, greeting them by name and asking about their families. The employees always seem to be on the move, cleaning the stores, stocking shelves with new produce, answering customer questions, or working the registers. All of these tasks are done cheerfully, and this infectious positive energy creates a welcoming atmosphere that makes grocery shopping less of a chore.
Come join the fun at Trader Joe’s at Grossmont Center. Discover the culinary pleasures in store for you there and get ready to give your tastebuds a thrill. Stock up on staples and try something new that could be your next TJ’s favorite …like those peanut butter cups!