Trader Joes opened its doors about one month ago at the High Ridge Cener and the store is already a hit.
As you enter the store, you sense you are going to experience an unhurried, unharried pleasurable experience. And indeed it is!
You are first hit with a colorful and artful display of fruits and vegetables at very reasonable prices: bananas 19 cents per pound, red yellow and orange peppers at $1.19, all varieties of apples from 69 cents to $1.79, with fujis and galas under a dollar.
Strawberries are always fresh and sweet and lower in price than competitors.
Many of their products are marked kosher. For instance, their 73% Cacao chocolate comes in a number of varieties such as super dark chocolate with almonds and dark chocolate 73% cacao super dark. Both are delicious and economical.
They are always giving away free samples of their coffees and other delectables.
They carry a nice assortment of their own Trader Joes Butcher Shop Kosher beef. I purchased a rib eye steak, added some spices, cooked it medium rare and then proceeded to enjoy dinner with the slices of meat melting in my mouth.
They also carry Kosher chickens and challahs as well.
To me, the sign of a good store is when employees exude a feeling of being happy with their jobs and the ambient atmosphere. Here every employee displays a smile and goes out of his/her way to answer any and all questions.
There are never any lines for checkout. If a counter is open, the checkout person at the station acutally walks over and invites me to follow him to one without a line.
Kudos to Trader Joes for a most pleasurable shopping experience.
Caveat: ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!