Today we took a little family trip across town to a place beloved by many, but brand new to us.
I’ve heard about Trader Joes for years. I have friends who do all of their shopping there and friends who go once a month or so to stock up on their favorite goodies.
When they opened up a new Trader Joe’s here in Houston, I knew I wanted to check it out! Unfortunately, the Woodlands isn’t exactly down the street from us.
So we loaded up our cooler and set out for a little road trip! (yes, our sole purpose was to visit Trader Joe’s. We’re a bit wacky if you didn’t already know)
Upon first glance, we were a bit unimpressed.
You see, we’re from TEXAS. There’s a reason they say everything is bigger in Texas. Because it is. Bigger. Everything.
Not Trader Joe’s apparently.
We’re used to MEGA grocery stores. 20+ aisles of groceries and goodies minimum.
From the outside Trader Joe’s looked tiny. From the inside it looked, uncomfortable?
(oddly enough, the comments on my Facebook page lead me to believe that our Trader Joe’s is actually much larger than a typical TJ’s!)
However, as we made our way around the store, I realized that size wasn’t really an issue here. In fact, other than constantly bumping into people, the size actually was an advantage.
I think at most stores, we end up with product overload. Trader Joe’s primarily sells their own brand so rather than an entire aisle of bread, you end up with maybe 10 choices.
That pretty much plays out throughout the whole store. Not a lot of choices, and yet what you want is right there anyways.
All in all, we enjoyed it. Since we bought all TJ brand items, we did not use any coupons and walked out just a teensy bit above our normal grocery budget. BUT, we also bought items we wouldn’t ordinarily buy because we don’t anticipate heading back there very soon.
I hope Trader Joes decides to build a store here in the Southeast side of Houston soon! That will really rev up the grocery wars around here 😉
What are your thoughts? Do you like Trader Joes? What Trader Joe’s products do you have to have?