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Trader Joe's Food Markets

A Busy Day at Trader Joe's

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The Cheese Dept. at Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's, a California-based chain of food markets, has two Northeast Ohio locations -- one in Westlake and one in Eton Shopping Plaza in Woodmere. The market is known for its organic food selection, extensive and affordable wine department, and fun atmosphere.

History:

Trader Joe's started in 1958 in the greater Los Angeles area with a single market. Originally called Pronto Markets, they changed their name in 1967 to reflect their Hawaiian atmosphere and its owner, Joe Coulombe. Today, the company has more than 270 stores in 20 states and has become something of a cult with food enthusiasts.

The Food:

Trader Joe's is known for its wide and affordable selection of organic foods, unusual produce, baked goods, and prepared foods. Although you'll find some of the same things you'd find in a traditional grocery, Trader Joe's goes further in scope with healthy and organic foods and easy-to-prepare, yet healthy selections.

The Wine:

Trader Joe's is known for its large wine selection, with items in all price ranges. Particularly well-known is its Charles Shaw wine, better known as "Two Buck Chuck."

More about Trader Joe's:

In addition to food products, Trader Joe's stocks a wide selection of personal hygiene items and environmentally friendly cleaning and paper products.

Addresses and Hours:

The two Trader Joe's food markets in Northeast Ohio are open daily 8am to 9pm. Their addresses are:

Trader Joe's
175 Market St.
Westlake, OH 44145
440 250-1592

Trader Joe's
28890 Chagrin Blvd. in Eton Shopping Plaza
Woodmere, OH 44122
216 360-9320

(Last updated 10-3-13)

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