Our Official Campaign to Bring Trader Joe's to Astoria. Who's In?

Anytime someone raises the question of "do you know what Astoria really needs?". There are two resounding answers:

  1. Trader Joe's
  2. A bookstore

We wholeheartedly agree that either/both of these would be amazing additions to our burgeoning neighborhood, but for now, we're just going to focus on #1. As one of our members recently pointed out, there's even a form online to request a Trader Joe's in your neighborhood--making our job easier.

This has been brought up on our site before, but let this be the kickoff of our formal campaign to get a Trader Joe's in our hood.

How can you help?

Go to this form on their website to formally request a Trader Joe's.

Suggest a location (ie. the old Blockbuster location on 31st and Ditmars)

Why should you help?

True, Trader Joe's is a chain that could impact smaller, local groceries and bodegas. Arguably, it could encourage them to be more competitive by losing the cans of beans and Hamburger Helper and carrying more of the fresh products we desire like local, organic, and vegetarian options. The great thing about Trader Joe's (beyond their hard-to-find goods) is they buy directly from the suppliers to ensure the lowest possible price to the consumer.

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Comment by Steven Seegers on March 29, 2012 at 2:40pm

I just walked by the old Blockbuster space.  There's a handwritten sign on the door that says "California Market". Anyone have a clue what that is?  I Googled it, but to no avail...

Comment by ginna on February 10, 2012 at 9:31am

Trader Joe's sold my phone number!  As soon as I typed it in, I started getting junk texts!!  I am not happy.

Comment by Joe A. on February 7, 2012 at 8:07pm

Honestly, the neighborhood needs a bookstore. However, don't think thats gonna happen anytime soon.. read this. http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2011/08/its-pattern-london-ri...

Comment by Veronica Curtis on February 7, 2012 at 7:14pm

I will personally offer to renovate the store if they agree. MSG me when deal is sealed. 

Yay! That strip is so blasé any way... it could really use some Trader Joe's Lentil Marsala Dip to spice it up! 

Comment by Astoria Haiku on February 7, 2012 at 1:34pm

I think Berry Fresh is nasty by the way. Every time I go in there for vegetables, I feel like I'm sorting through the exact same potatoes and onions I did the last time I was there. And the fish section in such close proximity to vegetables, weird.

Comment by Astoria Haiku on February 7, 2012 at 1:22pm

There's plenty of "old money" and old-school folks that will keep all the other places around. If anything, it'll force them to step-up their game and clean up their act (Trade Fair and Best Yet can be nasty sometimes in my opinion). I'd argue that TD Bank (formerly Commerce) would be the banking equivalent of Trader Joe's, and while TD appeals to a younger, perhaps a more demanding customer (online options, open on Sundays, late-hours, etc.) the little engine that could, Astoria Federal, is plugging along only a few doors down on Ditmars, with landlords walking in and out with their passbooks counting their rent money.

I drive to Woodhaven to go to TJ's about once a week. If I happen to be in the city and it's not a madhouse, I'll go to one of their locations in Manhattan. I still have to get deli-meat, prepared foods and other stuff at Rosario's. I'll still get my bread from Rosario's or Rose & Joe's. I buy my beer from Triboro Beverage or if I'm in a jam, Key Food or Astoria Market. Options and competition are good for the consumer at the end of the day, and I'm all for it. There was probably a time when nobody wanted Key Food or Best Yet or Trade Fair in the neighborhood. Things evolve, neighborhoods evolve. I love the idea and I'm signing the petition.

Comment by Julianne Gerrish on February 4, 2012 at 9:39am

I'm sort of on the fence about this.  While I think having a Trader Joe's would be a huge convenience (since I do tend to buy many things there)... I also love the Trade Fairs on 30th Avenue and on Ditmars.  These stores sell so many amazing, cross-cultural, reasonably priced groceries.  I'm not really thinking that a TJs would put these other local groceries out of business (since I do believe that a lot of Astorians shop at their local/walking distance markets)...but I do feel that it could take a "little something" out of the neighborhood. Those suburban-esque restaurants near the movie theater are already changing the landscape (and not for the better).  Astoria's great because it's Astoria (and not Long Island).

Comment by Yo Sebastian on February 3, 2012 at 12:11pm

thats not very nice, and trade fair is awesome!!! (and TJ uses slave labor for produce so they not that wholesome)

Comment by Yo Sebastian on February 3, 2012 at 11:31am

yea, i agree with this guy!! sorta :)

Comment by Jonathan Corbin on February 3, 2012 at 11:27am

Ridiculous. Fresh, multi-cultural and affordable food has represented the very essence of Astoria for many years. The authors endorse inviting a profit hungry German corporation to complete an assessment to see if their is value for their bottom line? While destroying the local culture?  All so new Astoria residents can buy some cheap Chinese canned and frozen items with clever packaging?  Please reconsider signing this petition and also think twice about supporting this website, which I thought existed to  promote local culture, but sadly has corporate interests and the comforts of the sterile suburbs in mind.  This makes me ill to read this, and helps me feel at ease for my decision to move out of Astoria after 10 blissful years. 

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