The 5 Most Unique Trader Joe’s Stores in America – Eat This Not That

Trader Joe’s is known for unique grocery items like Hold the Cone Ice Cream, Tangerine Chicken, and Unexpected Cheddar. However, the product offerings aren’t the only way this chain is unique from other supermarkets.

Costco is famous for its warehouses, while Walmart is known for its supercenters. Trader Joe’s stores also have their own look, but they adopt certain characteristics of their neighborhoods. From a historic movie theater to space under an iconic bridge, here are the most unique TJ locations in the country.

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One of Trader Joe’s newest stores is located under a bridge on New York’s Upper East Side.

Architect Henry Hornbostel and engineer Gustav Lindenthal covered the section under the Queensboro Bridge with tiles designed by Rafael Guastavino, according to At Gustavino’s. This “arcade” became known as the Bridgemarket, a produce market that was open all year round until the 1930s.

TJ’s applied to take over the building in 2020, and the store officially opened in December with lines lasting several hours. There was even a jazz band to entertain shoppers.

Trader Joe's Media Pennsylvania
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One Trader Joe’s resides in a historic building in Pennsylvania, which also has a museum in the basement.

“Our Media store doesn’t just honor the history of this lovely neighborhood, it’s a part of it. We’ve located this store in the historically preserved armory of the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 111th Infantry Regiment,” said said TJ. writing in a related story on his website. “People in the neighborhood stop by not only to shop, but also to reminisce about when the Armory was used by local schools as a gymnasium and to hold sock hops in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Trader Joe's Theater Houston Alabama
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As displayed on the marquee, this Trader Joe location in Houston now features some exciting new finds. Located inside a former movie theater, this one-of-a-kind store honors the city’s artistic heritage with decor like signs and sculptures. Trader Joe details more about unique features here.

Trader Joe's Back Bay Boston
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Trader Joe’s is known for using space creatively in places like a Back Bay store in Boston, which is the smallest unit in its portfolio. The location has escalators right inside the entrance, and customers even have to line up in a different way to save space.

“The team is getting pretty creative with the space in order to serve our many student customers at nearby Boston University, MIT and Berklee College of Music,” the low-cost chain writes of this store.

If TJ fans are a thing, they’re loyal. Even before the pandemic necessitated capacity limits at grocery stores, shoppers were posting about the long lines to enter this store on Social Media.

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This is another small store, but only because it was Trader Joe’s first store, before the 500+ others.

“About half the size of most of our stores, but with all the same products, South Pasadena is one of our oldest Trader Joe’s and the very definition of a neighborhood store,” the chain writes. “In fact, many South Pas customers still shopped here when it operated as our predecessor, Pronto Market, 50 years ago!”

The store became known as Trader Joe’s in 1967, and crew members then wore Hawaiian shirts. A The 50th anniversary party took place in August 2017, which included food tastings, giveaways, and a commemorative reusable bag for $0.50 in honor of the first TJ offered to shoppers in the 1970s for just $0.40.

Since opening this store, many products have come and gone from TJ’s shelves. Unfortunately, the past year has seen heartbreaking departureshere are the 10 Discontinued Trader Joe’s Items in 2021.

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