Will Trader Joe's open in Las Cruces?...

Will Trader Joe's open in Las Cruces? (4:45 p.m.)

There are 74 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Sep 22, 2010, titled Will Trader Joe's open in Las Cruces? (4:45 p.m.). In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

If you are hoping for a Trader Joe's store to be built in Las Cruces, the company reports you'll have to exercise some patience.

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Frank

Las Cruces, NM

#69 Sep 23, 2010
NtT wrote:
No, I am apparently confusing my small paycheck with something larger.
I have price compared similar products at Toucan, and flat out - they are much more expensive on any products I use, outside of occasional sales on produce. I am not talking a little bit, I am talking Toucan charges 30-70% more on each item. Enough products at a price difference like that, the cost difference adds up quickly to surpass the cost of gas to drive to El Paso or Albuquerque to shop somewhere cheaper. it's not like I never have occasion to go to these cities anyway, just not very often. it's worth the inconvenience of stocking up to save the kind of cash I save by not shopping at Toucan.
Would I rather support a mom and pop?
Yep. If prices were equal, I would no matter what. I am well aware of the economic benefits to supporting local businesses and prefer to support the local economy.
Do I want to be looked at condescendingly by snooty clientele when I pay for the privilege of supporting a local business?
Nope.
No offense, but if your paycheck is so small, perhaps you should look into government assistance. Both Toucan Market and Mountain View Market accept EBT (aka food stamps).

I don't feel I'm being condescending, I just don't buy the price difference argument. Toucan and MVM both sell products in bulk. We have three farmers' markets per week in LC. It might take a little extra work, but I believe you can buy affordable food locally. If you're buying products like almond butter consistently, then, yes, perhaps your food bill is higher than mine. You might also look into becoming a member of Mountain View Market; in addition to becoming an owner of the store (it's a cooperative), you'll receive a dividend check (i.e., money in your pocket) at the end of every year based on how much money you spend there.

Again, no offense meant.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#70 Sep 23, 2010
Just another overrated California yuppie hangout. Pseudo-hippies in Tuscon just love their's. Seriously not needed in Cruces, just to join the ranks of other poorly managed/operated groceries in town. But, by all means, those of you who think it is at Trader Joe's where you should keep up with the Jones,' feel free. At three hour's distance to Alb., or Four to Tucson's Trader Joe's, please go!
LocalisBEST

Albuquerque, NM

#71 Sep 23, 2010
Great Scott

United States

#72 Sep 23, 2010
Mmmmmmmmmmmm, Beerrrrrrr, oooohhhhhhhhhhhh. TJ's has some great deals on strong imported beer. Yum yum man. Of cource, Toucan has some too.
Dump

Elgin, IL

#73 Sep 23, 2010
ddb wrote:
What about El Paso?
E P Sucks
Salvador

Grove, OK

#74 Sep 23, 2010
Boulder based Sunflower Farmers Market is better. Alas, this is probably not coming either. Toucan and the coop can kiss it goodbye if either Trader Joe's or Sunflower comes to town. Plus, Trader Joe's is European-owned and pays significantly higher than minimum wage.
LocalisBEST

Albuquerque, NM

#75 Sep 23, 2010
Toucan Market and Mountain View Market/the co-op wouldn't have to "kiss it goodbye" if people would actually show some support and pride in their community. And I've heard good things about Sunflower Markets, but NOTHING is better than supporting local businesses and farmers. Why? It's been said already in this thread, but for those of you not paying attention: MORE MONEY STAYS IN THE COMMUNITY.(Check this out: http://www.the350project.net/home.html ) Remember, your dollars do speak and it does matter where you shop!

Furthermore, price is not always* as big of an issue as some people might think. There are ways to budget (come on now, we're "grown-ups" right?) so that you can actually afford to shop at "more expensive" places like Toucans or the Co-op. Seriously, do you need that extra video game? That new DVD?(Can you eat those things?!?) Everyone needs to eat, and nobody needs luxuries, so it's time we stop thinking of unique, friendly, local grocery businesses/markets as "failures" or "too expensive." Besides, they really are trying their best. Too many people in this community pass harsh judgement upon local businesses, in my opinion.

*I understand there are exceptions to this. Some people are simply too poor. But I know several financially-comfortable people who say they want a TJ's, and their main reason for this is because of the "great prices." I find that a little hypocritical, because I know they're perfectly capable of spending a little more, but for whatever reason they're resistant to that.
Red

AOL

#76 Sep 23, 2010
That's right the north gets it all first then maybe the south will get something.
Len

United States

#77 Sep 25, 2010
armando wrote:
what was the purpose of this article? really...what was the purpose. Someone actually get paid to do this story?
Yeah the idiot Broke Stockburger that was just as worthless as a sports editor as he is business editor. btw....does this guy ever ask any questions like...why isn't trader Joes in LC's two year plan. Oh who silly of me. Broke only knotís how to copy and paste articles that are written by PR firms.
Sam

Colorado Springs, CO

#78 Oct 3, 2010
Trader Joe's could open in the old Sportsman's Warehouse.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#79 Oct 5, 2010
I don't think Trader Joe's has any problems finding space to rent in Las Cruces, Sam.
They have a problem finding enough customers to justify spending a lot of money opening a store here, and they've spent millions of dollars researching what type of community they need to go into to be profitable so I think they know what they're looking for.
Sorry....LC isn't one of those communities. Despite the enthusiasm of many people (including me) there aren't enough people in the INCOME, education and age groups that TJ needs to see to justify the expense of opening here.
Ain't gonna happen..not now, not for a long, long time, if ever.
Support Toucan and places like it...if they're successful they'll do more and better things in their stores. Ask them for stuff. They'll respond.
Whining about their prices won't improve anything. Walmart has better prices and more selection than TJs, but TJ's items are different, and aimed at a totally differnt crowd than Chinamart.
KOKO

United States

#82 Apr 10, 2011
THERE IS ENOUGH OF US HERE WITH THE POCKETBOOKS AND THE DESIRE TO SHOP AT TRADER JOE'S!!! BRING IT ON - WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GRANTED, IT'S KINDA TRENDY, BUT PERFECT FOR A RETIREMENT/COLLEGE TOWN. AND WE ARE IT. NOT TO MENTION ALL THE EL PASOANS TRAVELING DOWN THE NEWLY WIDENED I-10 TO GET TO TRADER JOE'S. AS IT IS THE CLOSET FOR A VERY LARGE POPULATION (INCLUDING EL PASO) IS OVER 200 MILES AWAY. I MISS MY TRADER JOE'S!!! I CAME FROM CALIFORNIA AS WELL BUT I HAVE LIVED IN THE SOUTHWEST BEFORE, AND THE PRODUCTS SOLD AT THIS STORE WE FIT THIS REGION. WE ALSO ARE NOT SUFFERING AS MUCH THE MAJOR RECESSION, AND WE ARE SEEING JOBS AND GROWTH.
jenn

Rio Rancho, NM

#83 Aug 9, 2011
Paula wrote:
I was happy to see this story, and a previous one about Pro's coming to Cruces. As a former resident back in the 80s, now thinking of returning for retirement, Las Cruces could use some better grocery stores. Not everyone wants to buy groceries at Walmart. I was in Cruces last winter for a few months and went in the Albertsons up near Elk's Drive. It was terrible. The fish and meat department reeked, store was dirty, and product selections were just not that great. Maybe other Albertsons there are better but I didn't bother to find out. Las Cruces deserves better supermarkets.
Thank you! The grocery stores here are just plain gross. I have my food delivered just to get decent meat. I go to albertsons on lohman ONLY when i need canned or boxed goods. Coming from cali and az where the choices are endless this town really stinks. Maybe if the city was cleaner and people in this town were more likely to buy decent food rather than churros and hot dogs we could get a nice place to shop.
Terri

El Paso, TX

#84 Dec 2, 2012
I live in El Paso . If a Trader Joes were to come to las cruces, i would drive once a week to cruces to do my shopping.

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