Here's Why There's Not a Trader Joe's Where You Live
Trader Joe's has been providing its unique and fun grocery experience since the first store opened in Pasadena, Calif., in 1967. Now, the grocery store has become a fan favorite across the United States in neighborhoods that are lucky enough to have a TJ's.
The chain is known for its great customer experience, for making grocery shopping a laid-back, stress-free environment, for its unique and delicious grocery products, and, of course, for unbeatably low prices. It's no wonder everyone wants a Trader Joe's near them.
Trader Joe's has over 500 stores across 42 states and is regularly opening new locations. But people are always calling for new stores to be added to their hometowns — and if you don't have a TJ's yet, you might be wondering why.
Unfortunately, Trader Joe's does not have any formula or demographic requirement for where they open new locations. But according to the Freakonomics podcast, an analysis by AggData found that Trader Joe's stores are located in counties where the household median income is about $10,000 higher than the average median income.
With that being said, Trader Joe's values frugality, so the stores are normally located in cheaper parts of expensive areas.
But if you're feeling especially heartbroken about not having a Trader Joe's in your area, the store offers a "Request a Trader Joe's in My City" form that you can fill out on their site. The form states that there is no guarantee that they will open one, but, according to the Inside Trader Joe's podcast, requests are one thing they consider when looking for new locations.
"We've got a plan, and that plan is based on customer feedback," Tracy Anderson, Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Construction at Trader Joe's, said on the Inside Trader Joe's podcast. "We listen to Crew Members at the store, Regional Vice Presidents. We look at current stores, where things are really hot. We look at accessibility, visibility, parking, and square footage."
Anderson says she gets hundreds of calls and emails a day about opening new locations, as well as individual community requests. Even though they consider every single location request, it won't guarantee a new store, but it can increase your chances of finding a new Trader Joe's near you — so, it's worth a shot.