DFW's First Trader Joe's Location Opens in Fort Worth Tomorrow. No Crying, OK?

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The very first Texas outpost of Trader Joe's opens tomorrow morning at 2701 S. Hulen in Fort Worth. The Monrovia, California-based specialty market has a cult following, with loyal devotees sometimes traveling hundreds of miles to stock up on Two-Buck Chuck ($2 wine that beats the pants off of Walmart's similarly priced Oak Leaf label). To date, Trader Joe's has more than 350 locations throughout the country, with seven more Texas stores slated to open in the next two years, including one on Lower Greenville Avenue this fall.

I, for one, am pretty damn excited, and I'm not the only one. This is bigger than In 'N Out, y'all, that other California-based chain that expanded into Tejas last year -- which has me wondering if we'll see any tears of joy when TJ's doors open for the first time.

Over at Pegasus News, Teresa Gubbins did an exhaustive comparison of Trader Joe's to other area markets; in a nutshell, they offer a wide selection of unique, high-quality products at bargain-basement prices. Plus, TJ's carries crazy stuff you're unlikely to find anywhere else (80 percent of their products are exclusive to TJ's stores only) like freeze-dried rambutans, coconut water frozen pops, and dark chocolate-covered edamame.

They're a little quirky, too; the employees wear Hawaiian shirts, and the weekly ad circular reads more like the J. Peterman catalog than your typical grocery store flier.

I discovered the store a few years back when visiting Portland and quickly became obsessed with how many bottles of Thai Yellow Curry Sauce and bags of dried hibiscus blossoms I could stuff in my suitcase. I'll be making a pilgrimage to Fort Worth to stock up on those items, plus dried tart Montmorency cherries, dark chocolate pistachio toffee, and frozen falafel.

I'm waiting till next week when the dust has settled a bit, though. I have a feeling there's going to be quite a line by the time the doors open at 8 a.m. sharp.

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Vanessa Vy
Vanessa Vy

In and out is awful. TJs is ok for some things. I am more of a WFM kind of girl but for some things, TJ is just fine. IT makes me just happy since it is another thing that reminds me of home, NYC.

ABCBBD
ABCBBD

Trader Joe's hype = In and Out hype tell me we aren't going to see a vid of a girl waiting in line, crying while holding a bottle of $2 wine

cp
cp

Also, two buck chuck is $2.99

mmarks
mmarks

It's been five years since I moved to Dallas from southern California and I can't wait to stop at Trader Joe's again! Stores are EVERYWHERE in California. Typically you don't have to drive more than two or three miles to find one. I'm happy for Fort Worth's grand opening today but I'll wait for a store that's a little closer to home, like on Lower Greenville. (Forget Plano. It's too snooty and everything is too crowded.)

scumbagsthename
scumbagsthename

I'll definitely be at Albertson's 8am sharp! Can't wait to see the other nerds there!

Cryburger
Cryburger

Don't worry....I WON'T be crying over TJ's....I'm a Whole Foods-ie!!

Marissa
Marissa

 That's a long time to wait...

Liz G.
Liz G.

I'm driving the 57.9 miles from my front door to be there on Saturday. Can. Not. Wait.

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