Friday, March 10, 2006

Hello, Trader Joe!

Well, it finally happened. Trader Joe's opened in Albuquerque. Today was the big day, so I stupidly went, because I wanted very badly to get this salsa that OJ and Summer had from the TJ's in Santa Fe.

So, I made my way over to the eastside, all for this wonderful salsa. On the way, as I'm sitting at the stop light at Wyoming and Paseo del Norte, I heard a car honk next to me. I looked over, and the cute little old man waved at me to roll down my window. When I did, he asked me, "Do you know where that new store is--Trader Joe's?" I said, "I'm actually going there myself, follow me!"

That should have clued me in to the amount of people that were going to be there. It was completely packed! People were parking their cars in the Raley's parking lot across the street, and in the bank parking lot next door, and all down the sides of the road.

I took a chance, and went into the TJ's parking lot, and a car pulled out just in time for me to take the spot. It was meant to be!

So I found my delicious salsa and some other things, like avocados, organic cereal, Cliff bars. Waited in line for about 30 minutes, then paid for all my great finds.

I should've waited about a week or so, but I really wanted that salsa!


  1. Anonymous9:08 PM

    Wow, you are totally brave--I heard everyone at work talking about it too...enjoy your hard earned booty!

  2. Anonymous12:24 PM

    ok - so can I say "I told you so!!!" I am gonna wait for a few weeks before I go! But it did sound like you did get a good parking spot and I can't really say anything good about waiting in line to pay for 30 minutes so - I won't say anything at all.

  3. Anonymous6:30 AM

    i totally plan a trip there everytime we go home. i'm a big fan of their cheap dried fruits and really inexpensive dark-chocolate bars. i really stocked up this time. i bought nine bars and about 3 bags of dried bananas, not including the two pies, fruit leathers and granola.

  4. Anonymous8:19 AM

    Did you know I grew up eating Trader Joe's goods? Out in California, my mom would drive to South Pasadena on occasion and stock up at the original Trader Joe's store? I would have never guessed that 20 years later, Trader Joe would have such a strong empire!