Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Location

Mendocino Farms, Paper Source; Trader Joes, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A.
For those of you that do not have a Trader Joes Grocery Store near your neighborhood, Trader Joes is a chain store that offers discounts on many items.  These items are different, interesting and tasty.  We've been addicted to this store for over 45 years.  Actually, TJ's started out as the Pronto Market.  We used to go to one on National Blvd. near Overland Avenue.  In 1967, the name was changed to Trader Joes.  They've been expanding like crazy, all over the nation.

Immense Parking Lot
There are a few TJs within 5-10 minutes driving time from our house.  NOW, there's one about 3 minutes from home.  The new store at 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue is faboo!  It's across the street from my home-away-from-home, the Original Farmers Market.  In fact, this new TJ's complex of shops is on Gilmore Company property.  The Gilmores own the Farmers Market and Grove property.  
Beautiful Landscaping
When I saw the signs go up for a new TJs on this corner, I thought to myself....oh no..it's going to be so crowded...the parking will be a mess...the building will be an ugly big box.  But, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.  Since the Gilmores built the building, they kept it in the beautiful International architectural style similar to their North Lot Market; the parking lot is ground level, huge, easy-in/easy-out; the interior of the store is gigantic....wide aisles...there's a wine-tasting bar inside!  
Check out those wide aisles!
There are a couple of other businesses on the lot...Paper Source and Mendocino Farms.  LOVE the Mendocino Farms in Marina del Rey....can't wait to try this location.
Mendocino Farms' Mascot
OK.  I'm a happy camper.

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At 8:03 PM PDT, Anonymous Amy Dawes said...

Love those wide aisles! Probably not good news for the nearby Whole Foods - but I hope it siphons some shoppers off from the Culver City TJ's which has become increasingly hectic - you really have to dodge and weave to get through the aisles there.

At 10:29 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Amy! The Culver City TJs is the one I frequent the most. You are so right about the crowds at that store!! Most of the TJ stores are cramped and crowded. This new one is a pleasure...for now.

At 10:51 AM PDT, Anonymous Jo Anne said...

Wow, those aisles are wide! I agree about Culver City although I rarely go that one. I have the "Pronto Market" (that I went to as a child as well, Westwood Village and Olympic and Barrington. I will look forward to visiting the new one and probably will this coming weekend.


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