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Is Trader Joe's kidding? (basically a rant)


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Is Trader Joe's kidding? (basically a rant)

MikeG | Mar 27, 2006 05:43 PM

I was wondering why there was so little buzz about the place on the board, but now I think maybe I know why - you can't get into the place!

I happened to be nearby, so today (Monday) at 4:30pm I figured I'd mosey on over and check it out. Well, guess again. I got there and found they were expecting me to stand on line to get IN to the place in the first place! I asked the guy, with an incredulous look on my face, if it's always like that and the most he could come up with was that it was the "latest [in the day] they'd had to do it so far" clearly implying to me that its been a common phenomenon since they opened. There wasn't any point in making snide remarks, but the look on my face didn't improve as I turned and left.

Who the hell waits on line to get into a supermarket, glorified or not? If they're holding you up outside, how long does it take to get out of the place? (I think Fairway's pretty bad but it rarely takes more than 5 minutes to get to a cashier.) Did they veruy badly miscalculate, or will the latest crop of Manhattanites actually find it somehow enticing to have to wait on line to get in? I confess I'm totally lost over this one...

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