Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

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I heard a rumor that TJ's is going to open a store in Carpinteria. Any truth to it?


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Babycakes Apr 30, 2022 09:57 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

A TJ's is definitely going to be established in Carpinteria. Should be built out before mid-2023. The local population cap for establishing a unit in a given city is not a factor. Income, and dare I say, EDUCATION level are factors. The people who live in Ojai and the surrounding area often shop or commute through Carp, so there's another potential 20K financially capable folks to stalk the aisles of TJ's. I'm more of a Mom-n-Pop shopper; TJ's has it's good points, but parking is often quite cramped, and many of the customers tend to be "label readers" blocking the aisles while they make sure there's no gluten in the cat food.

Crystalandmaui Apr 30, 2022 09:04 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

It was only wishful thinking. Any store that had good milk , bread, eggs, vegetables everyday products would be nice, then having to drive 5 miles.
Hey Summerland used to support a grocery store for a long time.

CreekMoe Apr 29, 2022 12:27 PM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

Santa Barbara has two. Goleta one. I doubt Carpenteria could support one.

Much bigger cities with lots of vacant land and old grocery stores shut down
do not get a TJ with another TJ 15 miles away.

They have to earn a million bucks a month. plus TJs are labor heavy.

Aldi would be a better guess if in LA County. Less staff. Two checkers.

But if a lease is due, maybe rents are cheaper in Carpenteria. Doubtful.

Or maybe Smart n Final is pulling out.....

Lucky 777 Apr 29, 2022 10:46 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

I grew up in Pasadena, shopped at the original store, and I remember that after an election they gave people a candy bar if they brought in their "I have voted" sticker. Lovely that a business rewarded people doing their civic duty!

bruceb Apr 29, 2022 10:18 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

The population requirement of 50K is not accurate; we have had a thriving TJ’s in Arroyo Grande for nearly 20 years and our population is only 18K.
A Carp TJ’s would be a welcome addition.

Gary Mussell Apr 29, 2022 09:46 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

I live in Moorpark and work in Carp. We heard the same hopeful rumor about our cit a couple of years ago but found that TJ only goes to cities where the population is at least 50,000 to insure a suscessful store. Carpinteria, sadly, is far from that and deliberately small on purpose. But it means it will miss the larger chains and retailers some of us might enjoy having around. So, I doubt very much this will happen, sorry Carp!

a-1651249301 Apr 29, 2022 09:21 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

TJ has sort of outlived its purpose/utility. Back when the only store was in Pasadena it provided a refreshing attitude. Cheap wine, quality cheese, decent imports. For the past several years it has lived off of aging Boomers and a Vegans. When they started packaging their produce in plastic I cooled my ardor and really haven't shopped there on a regular basis since.

letmego Apr 29, 2022 01:07 PM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

I discovered TJ's during the big grocery store strike a couple of decades ago. It's great! They have actually very much reduced the packaging in their produce, and have pledged to do more.

I find the prices for a lot of my staples (rice, marinara, cheese, canned beans) to be far better than what I can get at the other local grocery stores. (Not an aging boomer, nor am a vegan!)

a-1651252863 Apr 29, 2022 10:21 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

TJ's in Goleta has a significant youth presence, both in staffing and customers.

CarpMom Apr 29, 2022 08:17 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

This rumor, and it is only that, has been kicked around for years and has never turned out to be factual. It's only wishful thinking by some residents. Smart 'N Final and CVS are going nowhere.

Oak Man Apr 29, 2022 07:48 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

Used to love TJs until I was sickened by the taquito recall around maybe 2003 or 2004? Never again shopped there. Too unsafe

a-1651248896 Apr 29, 2022 09:14 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

Just like Costco and other groceries, Tj's doesn't make their own name-brand food. They just pay to have someone else's product put into their packaging. That's why some recalls span multiple brands and stores, it's all the same food. Sorry you got sick but I'm more sorry you've avoided TJs unnecessarily for so long!!

SBSand Apr 29, 2022 07:54 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

Sadly there are recalls, they happen... lettuce is a big one, at all grocery stores, even Costco.

Crystalandmaui Apr 29, 2022 07:41 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

A Trader Joe’s anywhere is a good thing.
I hope this is true.
I wish it would be in Summerland.
Parking why would you question parking?
I’m sure if it’s happening they have it all worked out. Now let’s hope for a Trader Joe’s .

Crystalandmaui Apr 30, 2022 09:02 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

It was only wishful thinking.
Any store that had decent everyday products would be nice, then driving 5 miles for good milk, eggs bread, veggies.
Hey Summerland supported a store for a long time .

sfgac055 Apr 29, 2022 08:24 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

LOL @ TJ's in Summerland! Where?! Also, TJ's is well known for horrible parking lots look it up.

BWTBDennis Apr 28, 2022 08:06 PM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

At 43:55 of this podcast, local surf photographer Brent Flaaten says he's pretty sure it's going to happen:

CS805 Apr 29, 2022 08:58 AM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

For anyone that didn't listen, according to the podcast, Trader Joes is looking at the land at Eye of the Day design center to build a new structure. Take it for what it's worth.

yacht rocked Apr 28, 2022 07:44 PM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

Seems VERY unlikely given there's no current retail space close to what TJ's would need, and no space with parking. Perhaps if Smart and Final or CVS closed shop they could move into that space, otherwise there's nothing else that works. Carp also seems unlikely because it's half-way between SB and Ventura stores, and Ojai residents shop Ventura regardless.

a-1651197536 Apr 28, 2022 06:58 PM
Trader Joes in Carpinteria?

Hmmm... wonder where it will be and if there'll be sufficient parking.

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