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Pinole: Trader Joe's and fresh produce at 99 Cents Only Store

rworange | Apr 1, 200808:06 PM

Trader Joe's will be opening in the shopping center near Red Onion. It is still under construction and not yet noted on the website.

The 99 Cents Only Store opened in the Del Monte Plaza and I was intrigued by the sign that advertised fresh fruit and veggies.

There are good produce days and bad produce days here. There are good values and bad values. On the first visit, everything was in stellar condition. On another visit a lot was rotting.

For a while they had perfect baskets of grape tomatoes for 99 cents. There were packages of three yellow bell peppers. Quarts of milk were 99 cents and yoplait yogurt was 39 cents ... not everything is 99 cents... it just tops off at that price.

There are some organic items like canned pumpkin 2 for 99 or Swanson's boxed organic chicken broth.

They have dairy items, cold cuts, meats, frozen items, bread, canned goods, etc. No alcohol.

Sometimes it is those little tiny sizes which allows them to meet the price limit. There's a mix of name brands and generic stuff. REALLY watch for expiration dates.

Also, some items are the same cost as at a regular market ... and sometimes more. People get caught up in the 99 cent frenzy and seem to fail to notice.

The store just isn't for me. It has that cluttered bargain store ambiance and for me there's not enough interesting stuff to warrant a stop. It is wildly popular with the locals and usually very crowded which also is a shopping turn-off to me. It's no Grocery Outlet.

99 Cents Only Store
620 San Pablo Ave, Pinole, Ca

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