Incredible Things You Didn’t Know About Trader Joe’s

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All Trader Joe’s stores are company-owned.

Clear stomachs, full wallets, can’t lose.

Trader Joe’s doesn’t just give out free samples. If you ask a team member, they will open ANYTHING in the store and let you try it — including the wine, depending on state laws.

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HERE. FOR. THIS.

Triple Ginger Snaps are Trader Joe’s most popular product.


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Not surprisingly, Speculoos Cookie Butter comes in at second.

 As of 2012, Trader Joe’s has sold more than 600 million bottles of its popular Two-Buck Chuck wine.

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Except now it’s $2.49. SAD FACE.

You may have noticed Trader Joe’s has NO internal PA system in its stores like most supermarkets. Instead, it uses bells.

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One bell means it is time to open a new register. Two bells, and someone has a question at checkout. Three bells, and it’s a request for the manager.

Some Trader Joe’s products are limited-run, so once they’re sold out, that’s it.

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Trader Joe’s will also discontinue products, so there is a constantly rotating selection of items in the store.

Trader Joe’s keeps its prices so low that the store never offers weekly specials or sales on its products.


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Trader Joe’s has a no questions asked return policy

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You can return whatever you want, for any reason. NO. QUESTIONS. ASKED.

There actually is a REAL Trader Joe!

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Joe Coulombe opened the first Trader Joe’s in 1967.

Legend has it that the original Trader Joe came up with the idea for the tropical-themed store while on vacation in the Caribbean.

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He already owned a chain of convenience stores, but was facing stiff competition against 7-Eleven.

The Trader Joe’s crew wears Hawaiian shirts because they want to take customers on culinary travels.

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They view themselves as “traders on the culinary seas.”

And Trader Joe’s treats its crew REALLY well.

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Part-time employees can earn $20 an hour with FULL benefits and store managers can earn $130,000 a year. MONEY IN THE BANK!

Many Trader Joe’s have a toy or stuffed animal hidden somewhere in the store for kids to find.

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Once they find the toy, they can bring it to customer service for a prize!

A normal Trader Joe’s only sells 4,000 items, while a typical supermarket sells 50,000.

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Out of these items, 80% are Trader Joe’s own brand.

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Trader Joe’s didn’t expand outside California until 1993 and didn’t open an East Coast store until 1996.

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And THIS is what it looked like when the first TJ’s opened in New York City in 2006.

Every Trader Joe’s has its own in-house artist. Now you know where all those fancy blackboard illustrations come from!

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Finally, EVERY Trader Joe’s has a plastic lobster displayed somewhere in the store.

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See if you can spot one on your next visit!

NOW GO FORTH AND FEAST WITH THIS INFORMATION.

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