Trader Joe’s West Hollywood, located at 8611 Santa Monica Blvd, is celebrating 20 years of serving the community this entire weekend. The store located on the northwest corner of Westmount Drive and Santa Monica Blvd first opened on March 3, 2003.
The store is celebrating its 20h anniversary on Saturday, March 4, and 5, 2023, with free giveaways. Everyone is welcome to join the festivities. Customers who spend $20 or more get a chance to spin a wheel to win a prize. There will be food tasting throughout the weekend, and the store is also offering free Polaroid pictures at a photo booth as a going away gift to remember the store’s 20-year-celebration.
There are currently two Trader Joe’s locations in West Hollywood. There is the store at 8611 Santa Monica Boulevard, followed by the store at 7310 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood’s eastside. The location at 8000 Sunset Boulevard (below Crunch Gym) is actually in the city of Los Angeles, but a stone’s throw away from the West Hollywood city limits. There was an original store located at Movietown Plaza (where the beloved Yukon Mining Co diner was located), which was demolished in 2014 to make way for a huge redevelopment which is where the 7310 location later reopened.
The Trader Joe’s grocery store in the westside was once a Wild Oats store. Before that the building was home to the West Hollywood City Hall back in the 80s and possibly the very early 90s, before City Hall moved to mid-city where it continues to stand today.
Trader Joe’s, earlier known as Pronto Market, was founded 61 years ago, in 1958, by Joe Coulombe. It is a subsidiary of German supermarket chain ALDI Nord. It has headquarters in Monrovia, California. Pronto Market became Trader Joe’s in 1967.
Trader Joe’s now has a national chain of neighborhood grocery stores committed to providing customers with outstanding value in the form of the best quality products at the best everyday prices.
Buyers are known to travel the world searching for products they think are exceptional and will find a following among our customers. To earn a spot on their shelves, each product is submitted to a rigorous tasting panel process, in which every aspect of quality is investigated in context of the price we can offer. If a product is assessed as an outstanding value, it becomes an essential part of the Trader Joe’s shopping adventure.
They know how maintaining everyday focus on value, which is why they don’t have sales, they don’t offer coupons, and there are no loyalty programs or membership cards to swipe at their stores. Every customer has access to the best prices on the best products every day.
Here the steps they take to deliver value:
- They buy direct from suppliers whenever possible; they bargain hard to get the best price, and then pass the savings on to their customers.
- They buy in volume and contract early to get the best prices.
- If an item doesn’t pull its weight in their stores, it goes away, making room for another innovative new product.
- Most grocers charge their suppliers fees for putting an item on the shelf. This results in higher prices… so they don’t do it.
- The keep their costs low because every penny they save is a penny the customer saves.
- They are also consistent with a friendly staff.
So, stop by Trader Joe’s West Hollywood and congratulate them on surviving 20 years.
The Movietown Plaza TJ’s opened in 1985 and was the chains 15th location to open. I miss all of that glorious ginormous parking lot
First off, it’s 7310 not 3710 Santa Monica Blvd. And, that’s where the first Trader Joe’s in West Hollywood was opened. I used to shop there as far back as the mid-late 1980’s.
Thank you for the correction. I insist on adding addresses to my stories and for some reason also insist of getting the numbers twisted. And you’re so RIGHT! I forgot about the TJ’s at Movietown Plaza! I remember walking inside and feeling like I was in a timewarp from the 80s. Story has been updated.
You’re welcome. I was shopping at Movietown Plaza as far back as 1979 when the Boy’s Market was in that space.