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