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Very Interesting Read on Trader Joe's

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Moderator1, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    At least to me. I may be weird. Lots of stuff about the business I didn't know. Including the pay rate for managers.

  2. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Nice pay, but I'd need more than that to interact with those awful yuppies on a daily basis. Puke.
  3. bagelchick

    bagelchick Active Member

    I read this article yesterday. I thought the article was interesting as well. But I'm weird too. There is just one small store here in Pittsburgh and it's not real convenient to where I live or work. But if I'm nearby, I will very often stop. I love their hummus.
  4. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Low-six-figures covers copious quantities of airline-sickness bags.
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  5. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Still not enough.
  6. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Good stuff at a good price with good employees.

    That is a good business model.

    For some background...

  7. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    One of the people who lost their jobs when my paper went down landed at a Trader Joe's for a few months. She really liked it -- of course, her personality synched up with the store culture perfectly, so that helped. Didn't realize salaries were so high even at that level (the full-time crew member numbers are a touch misleading, only in that most of the crew is PT, from what I understand).

    The shoppers do seem somewhat cultic, though. One time there I put my sunglasses on and the bottles of Two Buck Chuck bore labels that read OBEY, and the ringing bell sound was replaced by a computerized voice repeating the word CONSUME. Now I can't find my sunglasses.
  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Jeez . . . they're willing to pay for good employees.

    What a concept.
  9. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    The stores described in the story are nothing like the one near me. A cluttered, messy and dirty shitbox with limited fruits, vegetables and meat.
  10. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    I will say....someone in the office brought in some cookies from there once, gingersnaps I think, and they were delicious.
  11. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I think the "yuppie" think is way overrated (maybe not at Whole Foods). The one here is about 30 miles away so I don't go that often. When I do, the crowd is a nice mix. Drug the wife a couple of weeks ago, she was amazed at some of the prices. She thought it would be Whole Foods-esque. It is not, not by a long shot.

    The meats are exceptionally reasonable and amazingly fresh. Their coffee is half the price and a better quality than the "specialty" coffee at my local store.
  12. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    The yuppie thing is definitely not overrated in the DC area. Ugh.

    The Whole Foods around here is about the same, but the meat coolers make me cised! Little expensive, though.

    But on a yuppie scale from 1-10 (at least around here), I'd give Trader Joe's a solid 8 and Whole Foods an easy 10.
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