To me, they are like an "Upscale Aldi's" and they (both Aldi's and Trader Joes) are both owned by the same people which is why I find many similarities between the two stores.
And last Friday, two of Trader Joe's opened in Kansas City. It made the news -- both print and television -- and there were lines waiting to get in. I purposely stayed away!!!
But today, friend Shirley Ann and I went to the city. I mentioned Trader Joe's (she's never been) and we decided that if we got near one of the two stores that we would stop but that we would not seek them out -- me being fearful that the crowds were still there.
And we managed to drive by the Missouri store and my fears were confirmed -- the crowds were still there!
We did stop and made a quick tour of the store picking up a few items. I'd like to go back in a month or so when it's quieted down and take a bit more time to see what is available.
What I picked up . . .
A bag of these sweet potato chips . . .
Some pea sprouts -- had never before seen them in a store and there is a recipe that uses them -- hopefully, I can find that recipe tomorow!!!
A basil plant -- which reminds me of the one I bought in England. I planted my basil late this year and the weather has turned hot -- it hasn't grown in leaps and bounds as it usually has by this time in July -- sigh -- so this plant shall help supplement by garden pickings.
A bouquet of fresh lavender with supple stems. I plan on making little lavender woven baskets to use as favors at a luncheon next Thursday.
It was an interesting experience -- people with carts filled to the brim, all of the cashier stations opened and most people bringing their own carry bags. And so many people that it was hard to maneuver through the store . . . and once arriving at the checkouts, it was a long wait until it was your turn!
I'm sure some of the craziness will be gone once people have their initial "Trader Joe's Fix" -- and then the store will settle into whatever is normal for a Trader Joe's store. That's when I'll be back!