More shopping: Trader Joe’s comes to Maine!

Maine is a mostly rural state with lots of little towns. Even the big cities (Bangor, Portland, Augusta, and Lewiston-Auburn) are really little cities.  When something novel happens here in Maine it is BIG news.  And tomorrow’s opening of Maine’s first Trader Joe’s is, as one reader of the Portland Press-Herald newspaper declared, “the most exciting event in Portland’s history!”  Another writes, “Is it too early to proclaim opening day as a state holiday?”  They were not  being facetious.

Alas, Maine’s new Trader Joe’s is a 90 minute drive from our house.  That’s nothing compared to the devotees who regularly drive 3 hours to stock up at Trader Joe’s closest store unitl now, in Boston.

The other day I was doing errands in North Conway, New Hampshire, which has a giant outlet center with every possible type of upscale designer and regular store, 2 supermarkets, and a Walmart.  I got into a conversation with a 20-something woman who moved there only 2 years ago.

“Is there anything you miss?”  I aksed her.

“Yeah,” she sighed. “I’d kill for a Target!”


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tiger Mike on October 29, 2010 at 4:38 am

    I keep hearing about “Trader Joe’s”. I have never been to one. But I find it hard to believe that a nich grocery store with high priced “specialty” items is anything special.

    I’d settle for a decent kosher scetion in my town.


    • It’s clear you haven’t been in Trader Joe’s or else you’d know that it isn’t high priced at all! I think the reason people tend to spend more at Trader Joe’s is they end up filling their cart with all sorts of delectable no-no’s (snack foods) – much more than you’d normally buy in a supermarket. The worst thing about TJ’s is that if you have no self-control, you will be 10 lbs fatter before you leave the store. In my home town they have the cheapest Empire kosher ground turkey anywhere. Great bargains for delicious food. Their cookies are fantastic, as are their chocolate confections. Frozen foods are great. Fantastic place to buy frozen edamame, green beans, and mixed peppers. Great sauces and pasta. They had pomegranates for $.99 when everyone else was selling them for $2.50. The list goes on and on, and tons of their food is kosher. And do buy your wife flowers there for Shabbos – likely the cheapest and freshest in town! Plus, if you buy anything there that you don’t like the taste of, you can return it for full refund. Really, you can’t lose. Be prepared for shmoozy cashiers, though.


      • Posted by Rachel on October 31, 2010 at 5:54 pm

        chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, spicy braided mozzarella, chocolate yogurt, soy chocolate milk, sugar snap peas, way too many yummy snacks to eat, chocolate covered frozen bananas…..

      • Posted by sa2ra on November 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

        Now if only they made chocolate covered, fried, plantains…

  2. Posted by Rachel on October 29, 2010 at 6:29 am

    That is still really far!!! But well worth it!!!! I can’t believe it took them this long. BTW Mike, its a really well priced store filled with kosher products.


  3. Posted by Tiger Mike on November 1, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Unfortunatly, there is no Trader Joes near me to try out. I remember seeing one in California. but I don’t go there much any more.


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