Trader Joe's

★★★★☆
  • 5495 Grossmont Center Dr

    La Mesa, CA 91942

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  • 619-466-0105

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Daily 8am-9pm

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Being vegan, I have to do most of my shopping at specialty-food grocery stores, and the three in my area are Trader Joe's, Henry's/Sprouts/etc., and Whole Foods. When it comes to choices, Whole Foods definitely takes the cake, but the closest one to me is a 20-minute drive and the prices there are noticeably higher than Trader Joe's. Henry's, on the other hand, is about on par when it comes to selection with Trader Joe's, but Henry's marks up their food anywhere from $.50 to $2.00 above Trader Joe's for the same or similar items. Based on this comparison alone, the obvious choice is Trader Joe's, but there's more.

Besides they're great prices, the staff at Trader Joe's is friendly, helpful, and plentiful, quite different from most experiences I've had at any Henry's location. Typically there's usually at least one team member per aisle at any given time who you can't walk past without asking if you need any help finding something, and if you've ever said yes, you'll know what I mean when I say they do it with precision.

Trying to eat healthy? Done. Trader Joe's offers plenty of health foods and alternatives in astounding variety, and it would seem for every one conventional item there is at least one offered as organic.

The only quarrels I have w/ Trader Joe's is because of their selection in the vegan department. Soy cheeses are hard to come by, and though they offer them, they contain the milk derivative casein; while this is okay for those involuntarily lactose intolerant, it closes the door for the rest of us. Other than that, there are a few more novelty things I'd like to see but are unnecessary, though I would love for them to have an open deli/food area similar to whole foods.

All in all, Trader's Joe's is an awesome place and ever since my friend introduced me to it, it's been the only place I do my routine shopping at and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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★★★★☆

Being vegan, I have to do most of my shopping at specialty-food grocery stores, and the three in my area are Trader Joe's, Henry's/Sprouts/etc., and Whole Foods. When it comes to choices, Whole Foods definitely takes the cake, but the closest one to me is a 20-minute drive and the prices there are noticeably higher than Trader Joe's. Henry's, on the other hand, is about on par when it comes to selection with Trader Joe's, but Henry's marks up their food anywhere from $.50 to $2.00 above Trader Joe's for the same or similar items. Based on this comparison alone, the obvious choice is Trader Joe's, but there's more.

Besides they're great prices, the staff at Trader Joe's is friendly, helpful, and plentiful, quite different from most experiences I've had at any Henry's location. Typically there's usually at least one team member per aisle at any given time who you can't walk past without asking if you need any help finding something, and if you've ever said yes, you'll know what I mean when I say they do it with precision.

Trying to eat healthy? Done. Trader Joe's offers plenty of health foods and alternatives in astounding variety, and it would seem for every one conventional item there is at least one offered as organic.

The only quarrels I have w/ Trader Joe's is because of their selection in the vegan department. Soy cheeses are hard to come by, and though they offer them, they contain the milk derivative casein; while this is okay for those involuntarily lactose intolerant, it closes the door for the rest of us. Other than that, there are a few more novelty things I'd like to see but are unnecessary, though I would love for them to have an open deli/food area similar to whole foods.

All in all, Trader's Joe's is an awesome place and ever since my friend introduced me to it, it's been the only place I do my routine shopping at and I highly recommend it to anyone.

Pros: better-than-average selection, lower prices

Cons: could use a few more items

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Love it! There is something in the air at this location because the employees are always in a great, talkative, festive mood. Awesome to encounter when you are grocery shopping at the end of a long day at work! The management at this store is doing something right!! We do most of our food shopping here. In additon, they always have some great, diverse, healthy foods to choose from. On the pricey side for some things but for me it is worth it.

4
★★★★☆

Love it! There is something in the air at this location because the employees are always in a great, talkative, festive mood. Awesome to encounter when you are grocery shopping at the end of a long day at work! The management at this store is doing something right!! We do most of our food shopping here. In additon, they always have some great, diverse, healthy foods to choose from. On the pricey side for some things but for me it is worth it.

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For all those concerned about Health or getting healthier TRADER JOE's is the place to shop. With Dr. OZ's info on getting and living the BEST you can -this place makes it easy. There are GREAT TASTING healthy choices everywhere. Though the food are a bit more than regular grocery stores there is something Good about TRADER JOE's -Nutrition. The food are full of it. And not the 'enriched' junk that is bad for you. Just the food in it's best and purest form... sometimes combined with other good foods to taste even better. There is nothing Fake. And Kosher Meats-I love it.

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★★★★★

For all those concerned about Health or getting healthier TRADER JOE's is the place to shop. With Dr. OZ's info on getting and living the BEST you can -this place makes it easy. There are GREAT TASTING healthy choices everywhere. Though the food are a bit more than regular grocery stores there is something Good about TRADER JOE's -Nutrition. The food are full of it. And not the 'enriched' junk that is bad for you. Just the food in it's best and purest form... sometimes combined with other good foods to taste even better. There is nothing Fake. And Kosher Meats-I love it.

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They have a nice selection to choose from here. However, their prices are quite a bit higher for certain items than say Henry's. They do have a very nice selection of wine. Good store to visit occasionaly.

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★★★☆☆

They have a nice selection to choose from here. However, their prices are quite a bit higher for certain items than say Henry's. They do have a very nice selection of wine. Good store to visit occasionaly.

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Trader Joes is a great supermarket for unique and tasty snacks or meal ideas. They have a lot of brands and types of foods that you can't get at Safeway or Vons.
They probably aren't the best one-stop grocery stop, because a lot of their foods can be on the expensive side. Next time you go, be sure to pick up some tejava tea to try!

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★★★★☆

Trader Joes is a great supermarket for unique and tasty snacks or meal ideas. They have a lot of brands and types of foods that you can't get at Safeway or Vons.
They probably aren't the best one-stop grocery stop, because a lot of their foods can be on the expensive side. Next time you go, be sure to pick up some tejava tea to try!

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