Friday, June 15, 2012

Trader Joe's Opens in the Woodlands

Trader Joe's opened its doors in Texas this morning, and the residents of the Woodlands showed up in droves to welcome this newest import from the West Coast.  This fabled grocer is known for quality food, an interesting, well curated selection, and affordable prices.  We joined the crowd to see what all the fuss was about.

Walking through the door, we were greeted by the sound of a Jamaican steel drum, and hundreds of Woodlands residents checking out their new neighbor.  Navigation around the store was tricky; the word had clearly gotten out, and intrepid foodies packed the aisles.

Working our way through the smiling crowd, we were pleasantly surprised by both the interesting selection of unusual food items, and the amazing prices.  A few items that caught our attention:

A deli case with some very aggressively priced trays of Italian meats and assorted cheeses.

Over a pound of Belgian chocolate for under $5.

Amazingly delicious "Cookie Butter" - creamy gingerbread spread.  I'm anxious to try this on waffles, bagels, plywood...

A sample of TJ's Mandarin Orange Chicken - one of the best frozen Chinese entrees we've tried.

And last but not least, one of the Charles Shaw wines, aka "Two Buck Chuck".  (Now $3, thanks to inflation.)

The assembled masses were scooping up items left and right, and the lines for checkout were easily 30 shoppers deep.  But Trader Joe's friendly staff was doing a great job of keeping the line moving, and doing so with a smile.

If opening day was any indication, Texas has a great new addition to the grocery store scene.  Trader Joe's combines an interesting product selection with great prices, and that's a winning combination that will draw in foodies for years to come.

We'll be back.


  1. I'm waiting til after the weekend to give it a look see--don't want to get caught in the Mad House! I'll be blogging about it too, of course, but I love what you posted as well, Albert!

    Take 'er easy!

  2. I tried to go yesterday, left at the sight of the line to check out, and went back this morning. I was able to park in front, browse the aisles, and waited behind one other person to check out. We had the Mandarin Orange Chicken for lunch, and can't wait to snack on some Cookie Butter.

  3. The Mandarin Orange Chicken the best thing I've ever tasted... I've been comparing it with some orange chicken recipes from other recipes and I've found the best at "GOURMETRECIPE.COM"

  4. Nice review!
    Corporate told me it would be at least 5 years before they came to Texas. So happy I only had to wait 1 1/2 years! Personally I will never live where there is not a TJ's (again). LOL
    WELCOME TRADER JOE'S!! (so sorry about the weather)
    BTW I believe if you check, the Two Buck Chuck is $2.99 because of shipping costs. On the West Coast it's still $1.99.

  5. Are the lines still long? Planning to go on Friday, June 21. Thanks.

  6. Lines are much better now. Store has plenty of traffic, but expect 2 or 3 folks ahead of you in line.

  7. LOL, people are so bored in this city they mob a TJ opening.

  8. Loving the fact that Trader Joe's is finally here in Texas!! I grew up with and LOVE Trader Joe's products and prices in California. I am excited and happy that I do not have to bring an empty suit case to fill it up with Trader Joe's product anymore.