I know I'm late to jump on the bandwagon, but I finally made it to Trader Joe's to check the place out.
I'd been to a Whole Foods before, so I haven't made a point of checking out the RVA store, but I'd never been to a TJ's, so I decided to see for myself.
Two things immediately jumped out at me: they've got a lot of inventory in a relatively small store and good gawd, there were so many people in the store!
Perhaps the newness hasn't worn off yet or perhaps Richmond was just so TJ's-starved that we can't get enough of the place, but you had to really pay attention not to be run over or bump into other shoppers.
That made it a bit tough for a first-timer who was just trying to take it all in.
The highlight was discovering pound and a half containers of blueberries for only $5.99!
I've been paying $3.99 for 6 ounces at Kroger, and I eat blueberries every day of my life, so that was a lovely find (and a huge savings for this unemployed blueberry eater).
I'd been told that the frozen food section was worth trolling at TJ's, so I did and saw some interesting options.
Over at the dairy case, they were offering samples of their lobster ravioli and I have to admit, it was pretty tasty.
That went into the basket.
The large wine section was crawling with winos, so I didn't even attempt that.
Would I go back?
My hatred of shopping is legendary, but the exception to that rule is grocery shopping, and this place was interesting enough for a return visit.
The problem is it's in god-forsaken Short Pump, a place I avoid like the plague.
Hmm, a rock and a hard place dilemma.