Trader Joe’s provides unique shopping experience

Trader Joe’s: a California staple with Colorado style. It was all over the news as Colorado hosted the grand opening of three grocery store locations—Denver, Boulder and Greenwood Village—on February 14.

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Customers in the Greenwood Village location of Trader Joe’s stop by the sampling counter at the back of the store. The sampling counter is among many unique aspects of the Californian grocery chain.

This California-born chain of grocery stores has been long-awaited by many in the state. In all honesty, I was uncertain if it would live up to all the hype that surrounded its grand opening. While I was not dumbfounded by its marvelous West Coast-inspired inventory, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the traits it had to offer to the Coloradan clientele.

My first experience with the chain consisted of an outing to the Greenwood Village location of Trader Joe’s.

I hate to be negative right off the bat, but the size of the store proved to be problematic. Even though two weeks had elapsed since its unveiling, droves of customers still poured into the building and swarmed the already crowded aisles. Certainly this won’t remain an issue for long and once the novelty of the store wears off, it should be a more peaceful place to visit.

Size aside, I found the Hawaiian décor warm and welcoming, and it provided the atmosphere of a friendly neighborhood grocer. The decorative hand-drawn price labels and signs were a nice touch as well.

In regards to Trader Joe’s West Coast-inspired inventory, I felt that it was lacking in the selection of its products. While many unique products were offered, such as a vast selection of juices and numerous items of the low-price Trader Joe’s brand, I found that very few different types of each item existed. This makes sense, so as to fit all the products into the rather small storefront.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed my outing to the local Trader Joe’s. I recommend you stop by, whenever you can find time—and parking.

An aisle in the Greenwood Village location of Trader Joe's features a wide variety of various juices. The store, along with two others in the state, opened its doors on February 14.

An aisle in the Greenwood Village location of Trader Joe’s features a wide variety of various juices. The store, along with two others in the state, opened its doors on February 14.

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