It was a date that lived in infamy. During a snowstorm in January of this past year, the Trader Joe’s in Westfield, New Jersey suffered structural damage. The roof collapsed and the walls caved in. No one was harmed, but it was still a real tragedy. TJ’s, as they are affectionately known as, is my favorite food store. They offer items not made with GMO’s or any mystery as to where the product is coming from. Everything is organic. Clean. Slightly more expensive, yes, but not unbearably so. In fact, you can get some really great deals. Produce, breads, refrigerated, and frozen items all have their own unique spin at this location. The workers are always extremely friendly and helpful as well. Oh, and did I mention the wine?
They are famous for their $2.99 Charles Shaw Wine (or “Three Buck Chuck”), but they actually have a phenomenal assortment of other wines, beers, and spirits. It was last year when they added their own brand of Scotch to the mix, which was very good. They also have their own vodka, tequila, and the more exotic pisco from Peru.
When they were open, I was there probably once a month. I live 40 minutes away. There is another Trader Joe’s closer to me in Shrewsbury (only 20 minutes), but they do not have liquor there. Only two TJ locations in New Jersey can sell liquor: Westfield and Princeton, which is even farther. So, I’ve been hitting up the Shrewsbury location the last 11 months. Still a great store, but that lack of liquor sales is a real downer. Thankfully, the wait is now over. The Westfield Trader Joe’s is opening tomorrow, December 2nd. It’s probably going to be a madhouse, so I will wait a few days before heading over. Such wonderful news just in time for the Christmas season!