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 Yo Sebastian on February 3, 2012 at 10:10am

Ah, TJ uses slave labor on its produce... 

and besides .. we have TRADE FAIR!!! WOOO!! thats like the homegrown trader joes

Comment by Chris Smith on January 30, 2012 at 8:17pm

Don't forget Costco!

Comment by Chris Smith on January 30, 2012 at 3:34pm

I mean, let's also get rid of McDonald's on 31st because it's going to put all the other restaurants out of business, right?

Comment by Chris Smith on January 30, 2012 at 3:33pm

Eric Gordon: THANK YOU. Trader Joe's would indeed have a lot of stiff competition from the established locals. Every store is a little bit tailored to each individual market. I go to TJ's because they have certain things in certain forms that I really can't find anywhere else easily or consistently. They won't out-compete the meat and fish markets. They can't. There isn't a credible threat to Astoria's diversity, TJ's will only improve life for me.

Comment by Ethan Kaplan on January 30, 2012 at 1:59pm

Hey while we're at it, let's knock down the Beer Garden and build a mall!

Comment by Pete Malachowsky on January 30, 2012 at 1:42pm

i love that most peoples "no" is because we have enough grocery stores already? 

normally im all against chains coming into smaller neighborhoods, but its not that trader joes would be the same as KeyFood. Because I dont know about YOUR keyfood, but mine is total crap. and smells like cat pee. and varies on the things it carries every week. and if you can tell me where i can find something organic thats reasonably priced, id understand the "no" a little more. but you cant find it anywhere.

Im with you guys on the YES TO TRADER JOES campagne!  

Comment by Kevin Q on January 30, 2012 at 1:24pm

it definitely seems like many of you wished you lived in manhattan..why did you move to astoria? why change astoria in to manhattan? should we have a zabars next also?or a fariway? maybe a huge barnes and noble? havbe you seen all the empty stores on steinway?eww not that euro stuff i only eat magnolia! i actually heard that in front of marthas bakery...why not immerse yourself into whats here instead of bringing more in..theres plenty of healthy food here in astoria..just gotta walk a  little..and isnt that healthy for you?sai, broadway natural the other new one on steinway with prepared foods made daily..i would rather have a farmers market or larger co ops than a new superduper mart..unless they put it over by best yet or by northern where traffic wont get even worse..

Comment by WhaleHawk on January 30, 2012 at 1:20pm

Done! Love Trader Joes.

Comment by John S. on January 30, 2012 at 1:07pm

i love the delusional fantasy being foisted that the "mom and pop" stores in our pristine hamlet will be cannibalized. If the neighborhood can and does wholeheartedly support multiple key foods, associateds and trade fairs, what is one Trader Joes going to do? It seems illogical to single out TJoes but no one pipes up when yet another nail place, hookah joint, spa/salon, hamburger joint, bar/pub, cafe and Duane Reades open up. They do open and nothing happens and life goes on business as usual.

Comment by RV on January 30, 2012 at 12:59pm

Please bring Trader Joe's so I can go back to getting my meat in a little styrofoam bed, with a diaper on, like I did when I lived in the suburbs.



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