Help, I Have Trader Joe’s Withdrawal!


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I almost refused to move to Florida a couple of years ago because there isn't a Trader Joe's in the entire state. Somehow I acquiesced (I think it was the promise of a home with a pool), and here I sit almost three years later with a serious case of withdrawal from the best grocery store ever.

Shortly after we moved to the Sunshine State (from Seattle where TJs abound), my husband said we could take a trip anywhere I wanted to go -- beaches, mountains, city, or country -- it was my choice. We ended up driving to Atlanta (about seven hours each way) with a trunk full of coolers because that's where the closest Trader Joe's is.

They promised me then that within about 18 months, the stores should start popping up in Florida. I have seen NO popping.

I write the company emails; my husband even started the Facebook group Bring Trader Joe's to Orlando (feel free to join!). Still, no stores full of well-priced sauces, fantastic frozen food, and wonderful wine.

Where else can I get chocolate-covered edamame? I need their garlic mustard aioli, and oh, the flax seed tortilla chips. I have friends and family who offer to send me care packages, but it's not the same, and there's no way my favorite frozen goat cheese appetizers could survive the postal trip.

To make matters worse, there's now this Cooking With Trader Joe's cookbook that tempts me. I'm torn as if to buy it, reminisce, and fantasize about the wonderful products, or if doing so will send me deeper into the despair of my withdrawal.

So Trader Joe's, I'm making an open plea here: Please bring Trader Joe's to Florida. I have the perfect location (or 10!) picked out for you, just email me.

Are you a Trader Joe's fan?


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lovin... lovinangels

we don't have one. I've never been. I want one though. really badly. But Wegmans does make me happy.

jeann... jeannesager

oooh, Wegman's. I travel over an hour to hit the Wegmans .  . . LOVE!!

Have only been to TJ's once Julie -- sadly we don't have one near us either. I think I should start campaigning for a Target near me though.

lovin... lovinangels

ok, I just creeped over to your cm profile... I spent my teenage years at a school on Lake Seneca...

Target is fairly new to my area, I first went to one in mi and was SO EXCITED to get one here...I hope they build you one soon. Cute shoes, cute clothes, good makeup...and lots of clearance! 

jeann... jeannesager

Thanks Lovin -- I have to go to Lackawanna County to find Wegman's

APeve... APeveteaux

Julie, I'm sorry to torment you with the cookbook, however I have some advice.

When I moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn FreshDirect would not delivery to my block. They delivered two blocks away, but not mine. I also started a fanatical letter writing campaign, phone call campaign, begging campaign. They finally gave in and not only did they deliver to me, they put me on their very first advisory board and I got to tour the FreshDirect HQ and kitchens. They even cooked me dinner. How I miss that FreshDirect and I might even start begging them to come to LA.

Being a pain in the ass works. Keep on, keepin' on.

Julie... Julieryanevans

April--that is so awesome, good for you! and it gives me hope!

Carey... Carey2006

I've only recently heard of this store......where i lived in Pittsburgh Trader Jacks was a flea market...LOL

nonmember avatar mandy

i'm a member of that facebook group! i've been back in orlando for over a year now (was in southern california for 5 years) and i miss trader joe's like crazy. please let me know how i can help bug the crap out of them! p.s. i think the old hollywood video location (next to publix hollianna) would be perfect.

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