We got ripped by a another local blog for our Trader Joe's online poll. Check it out. Our friends over at the "I (Heart) Salem" blog are making the point that Corvallis has a higher percentage of college graduates then Salem, therefore more attractive to Trader Joe's. The census numbers show that 53% of the population of Corvallis has at least a bachelors degree, 24% of the folks in Salem have achieved the same education rank. Let's look at those numbers this way, 53% of the population of Corvallis is 26,400 and 24% of the population of Salem is 36,500. I'm not saying Corvallis doesn't deserve a Trader Joe's, I hope they get one, but you cannot say there is too small of an educated population to support a Trader Joe's here. The I (Heart) Salem folks also criticized the poll on eatsalem.com that we used as "definitive data." I'll be the first to say that online polling is far from scientific. There are plenty of ways to cheat on these things and skew data one way or another. I have no way of knowing if that happened here. Let's assume that it did. So let's throw out half of the yes votes on the poll. That would still make it around 90% of the people responding saying they would shop at Trader Joe's. Only two people on this poll said "no," assuming that wasn't the same person voting twice. Almost everyone who responded to the poll agreed that they would shop at Trader Joe's. To me, that's "definitive data" that Trader Joe's would be successful in this town. Finally, I apologize to the folks at I (Heart) Salem for the grammatical errors making it unbearable to read eatsalem.com. I got my BA from a California State University in a community where there are only 5 Trader Joe's within 15 miles of each other.
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