Trader Joe's Shopping List

Update:  Salem Trader Joe's is now open at 4450 Commercial St SE
Another blog post about Salem's long awaited Trader Joe's, scheduled to open at 8am on June 17th?
Yes.
My apologies to those of you who are tired of hearing/reading about it, but finally getting a TJ's in Salem feels like a validation.
A year or more past, I asked Salemites what they shop for regularly at TJ's. Here's the list we compiled. What are your must haves?


Amber
said...
So my faves are as follows:
TJ Herb and Cheese Pizza dough
TJ Chocolate Truffles, made in France
TJ Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
TJ Vitamins
TJ Refried beans - Salsa style


Rebekah said...
The nitrate free sausages. Especially the chicken ones. Also, wine. Obviously. :)

Jennie said...
My favorites are:
Meditteranean Hummus
Kalamata Olives
Tasty Bite Indian Food entrees for lunches
Bulk nuts
Swiss Dark Chocolate Bar with Whole Hazelnuts

Emily said...
Mini peanut butter cups
Brie
Goat Cheese
Nuts
Chocolate croissants (frozen)
STone-ground oats
Mini boiled beets
Sesame crisps
Fage yogurt
3 buck chuck
Huge bars of dark chocolate
TJ lavender dryer bags
and and and...

Salem Man said...
Put me down for a variety of pasta including gnocchi.
Green salsa
and that tomato free corn salsa.
Bag of chips
and some Simer Times beer.
Don't forget the four pack of artichokes.

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Paige said...

Peanut butter
Toilet paper
Sausages
Very cherry blend frozen berries
Cheese
Jojoba oil
Eggplant hummus
Chocolate covered PB filled pretzels
Nuts
Pita and lavash breads
Pre-cut pineapple
Tuna
Ak-mak crackers

Can't wait!!!

Anonymous said...

I am also excited for TJ. However, I'm concerned for Life Sourse, and to a lesser extent, Roth's and our local farmer's and produce markets. We need to continue to shop at these local markets.

Skip Safeway and Freddie's (regional by name only) for TJ but go to local wine and flower shops.

Roth's and Lifesource carry local products too - something TJ does not do.

KandN said...

I've been noticing both Roth's and Lifesource making small improvements and changes in the past 12-6 months. Smart move!
With a little planning and tweaking there should be enough $$ for everyone to make it.

jeff said...

I'll drop in... mid-July. After the lines die down.

Nate Rafn said...

I don't plan to shop at Trader Joe's unless it's absolutely necessary. LifeSource has done great things for this community and they purchase several products from local growers. I'd much rather support them.

tracylee said...

My list:
Australian licorice
Ginger Macadamia Trail Mix
Basil
Cheese
Imported Butter
Whatever looks interesting!

If I could still drink, this would include:
3-Buck Chuck
Vinho Verde

Anonymous said...

My hope is that Trader Joe's over time causes Roths and Life Source to up their game. Whenever I go to a grocery store in Portland I realize how poor the selection is at our local shops.

Hopefully TJ's will up the stakes for the locals and steal business away from Walmart.

I would love love love to support Lifesource more, but there fruit is not good. Mealy apples, sour oranges...etc. And a lot of the products they carry such as salad dressing - have nice labels - but are not good.

As a contrast, everything we've bought at TJ's has been excellent, like someone has screened the choices.

I am rooting hard for the local guys. Really hard. Just want to see them step up their game.

REMEMBER: WHEN YOU SPEND A DOLLAR AT A LOCALLY OWNED SHOP, A VERY LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THAT MONEY STAYS LOCALLY. AND IS RE-SPENT AND RE-SPENT, CREATING LOCAL ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. AT NATIONAL CHAINS LIKE WALMART AND FRED MEYERS, MOST OF YOUR MONEY LEAVES THE STATE. IF YOU WANT TO HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS HAVE JOBS, BENEFIT LOCAL PARKS, SCHOOLS, AND SAFETY, SHOP LOCAL.

IT MIGHT COST A DIME MORE, BUT THE BENEFIT IS ENORMOUS. THE LONG-TERM EFFECT IS STAGGERING.

Rachel said...

My TJ's list:

Flowers
Peanut butter
Meatballs
Prepped salad greens
Tomatoes
Limes
Basil
Sparkling water
Tea tree oil
Jojoba oil
Dark chocolate
Tunafish
Peanut butter pretzels
Crackers
Dark chocolate & sea salt covered almonds
Kalamatas
Hummus
Wine

What I don't buy at TJ's:

Two Buck Chuck (hate it)
Cheese
Salsa
Produce I can get locally, in season

Like some of the posters above, I am concerned about our local stores. Roth's and LifeSource's cheese selection is way better imo because they feature a lot of Oregon products, which I enjoy and want to support. And I usually get fresh salsa at Roth's. And nobody beats Cascade Bakery for bread. ;)

I welcome TJ's for diversity and competition. But it won't keep me away from the local stores. If anything, I will stop by LifeSource more when I am headed to/fro that part of town.

gstatty said...

I definitely won't stop supporting lifesource, that place rules and the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. The veggie chorizo at TJs is so damn good though. Of course the only reason I usually ever go to TJs is to get some specialty item or two other stores don't have like garlic naan. Also for their pre-made junkatarian food that you just zap in the micro when you are lazy. It'll be a good supplement to my foodie grocery list, but its not gonna be my new go-to or anything. Farm stands, the farmer's market, my own backyard and lifesource will still be the places I frequent for fresh produce, organic and healthy options. It is nice to have another option in Salem though.

Amecameca said...

TJ's has little jars of saffron at a very reasonable price ($7 or so as I recall). Also they have Japanese mochi ice cream at a good price. Same as you get at Momiji but for a lot less.

Avasmommy said...

Everything Crackers (like an everything bagel, but on a cracker)
Gorgonzola Crackers
Black Beans
Refried Beans
Spicy Hummus
Garlic Naan
Mini Chocolate chip cookies
Dark Chocolate Caramels
Pasta of any variety
Fire roasted corn (frozen)
petite green peas (frozen)
Breaded Eggplant (Frozen) - makes a great quick eggplant parmesan.

I could go on forever.

Anonymous said...

Rather buy local then food from... where do they get their sutff again?? But on the other hand LifeSource needs to get over them selves and quit charging 5 bucks for a head of organic lettuce. What is a guy to do?

Anonymous said...

Well that was just fun!

Just got back from the opening of TJ's and my darling mother in law and I had a blast! I can't believe it's finally here. Everyone was in a great mood and even though I didn't want to be on camera, how could you miss it since the camera was at the door on your way in! All the workers cheered as everyone walked in. The steel drums band was really good too.

The only thing that bummed me out was everyone had a flyer they got in the mail and I know I was one of the first to sign up for notices and I didn't get one, what's up with that?

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