I have shopped at Trader Joes for over 20 years. Many products that I used to buy have dissapeared.
It seems as if Trader Joes is trying to change its focus. In the 1980s Trader Joes was known to have wine, cheese,snack foods, frozen foods and dried fruits/nuts.
Over the past 10 years Trader Joes has become more of a mass appeal store trying to lure customers away from stores like vons and Ralphs.
They no longer carry large cut up blocks of Ghiradeli chocolate that they used to have at the checkout.
Today thier selection of one day breads(La Brea bakery bread) has been cut in half. I was looking for Youngs double chocolate stout beer and they don't carry it anymore.
Being more positive Trader Joes gets all of its fresh squeezed juices from Juice Evolution or Perocines. The prices on Juice Evolution fresh squeezed juices are half the price of Whole Foods or Gelsons.
Many Trader Joes parking lots are very very small.
There frozen food items are a hit or miss.
Whole Foods has a better selection on most items but they are more expensive.
The produce at Trader Joes is medicre at best.
At many Trader Joes locations if you don't arrive by 12noon the store is wiped out like a tornado.
Why are Trader Joes stores so popular and busy?
I shop at the Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Woodland Hills locations.
Trader Joes is also expanding to locations that don't make any sense such as Santa Maria,CA and Palmdale,CA.