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PostSun Mar 01, 2020 1:54 pm 
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borank.gif Joe Coulombe, Trader Joe's founder, dies at 89.

Not sure when the first Seattle TJ's opened, that one up on Queen Anne. I'd never heard of them until a Granite Falls friend (formerly from San Fran) mentioned TJ's shopping in Lynnwood. "What's Trader Joe's?" It quickly became one of my regular grocery stops. Then the UDistrict one opened.  We were thrilled when the rumors were confirmed that one would open in Ballard, but we had to wait until they finished a Bellingham store. Then there was the crazy story about the Canadian who so loved TJ's that he tried becoming a re-seller in Vancouver as Pirate Joe's. Always wondered how TJ's managed to sell Two Buck Chuck ($3 outside of CA) with any profit margin. TJ's - one of the perks of west coast living.   cool.gif

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PostSun Mar 01, 2020 2:59 pm 
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RIP Joe Coulombe.  I did not know there was a Trader Joe, I thought the name was a marketing invention by the Aldi brothers.

The article is a little confusing because it talks about the innovative supply chain approach that makes imported foods at Trader Joe's so affordable, but makes you think that the innovation came from Joe Coulombe.  Or at least I did.  The innovations are all Aldi.

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PostSun Mar 01, 2020 4:04 pm 
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I moved to Washington for three things: a cool job, mountains, and TJs.

I'm there once a week. I love trying all of the new stuff and getting some usual standbys.
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PostSun Mar 01, 2020 4:21 pm 
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PostSun Mar 01, 2020 10:19 pm 
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Don't feel too special....we have one in Ann Arbor Michigan.

We vist most every week....but my first intro was the one in lower Queen Ann if I remember correctly.

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PostSun Mar 01, 2020 10:30 pm 
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TJs is nationwide -- The TJs on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is very very popular.

One thing I've observed about TJs is employee turn over seems very low -- the one near my townhouse has many of the same people working there since it opened.    That's one indicator of how a company treat's it's employees.
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PostSun Mar 01, 2020 10:37 pm 
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True about the employees...same here.

They due several things better and different than most stores.

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PostSun Mar 01, 2020 10:47 pm 
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I was in attendance at the ballard one today.

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PostSun Mar 01, 2020 10:50 pm 
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Freakonomics did a good podcast on TJ's.

https://freakonomics.com/podcast/trader-joes-rebroadcast/
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PostMon Mar 02, 2020 12:08 am 
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That was an intriguing program, Cyclopath, thanks for the link.  A whole hour analyzing TJ's.  Here's an interesting interview with the founder: Joe's Joe.  There are some amazing details in there not mentioned in the podcast.  I wonder if Aldi's still keeps up with Coulomb's original commitment to pay scale & bennies.  It seems like Coulomb built the TJ's brand concept and strategy, and Aldi's built on the basics.

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PostMon Mar 02, 2020 12:18 am 
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If you ever find yourself spending the night in San Francisco TJís is the only place you can get an affordable bottle of wine or tasty snack. Their frozen entrees are surprisingly tasty. RIP Joe the world is a better place because of you.

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PostMon Mar 02, 2020 8:06 am 
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I shopped at TJs for several years before I noticed they sold other things besides chocolate.
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