Trader Joe’s, which has over 500 locations, is owned by the same family that operates Aldi Nord.
Source: Trader Joe’s, Initiated
Aldi stores in the United States are operated by a separate company, Aldi Sud. “Trader Joe’s has no business or ownership relationship with Aldi Sud (including Aldi US),” the Trader Joe’s website states.
Source: Trader Joe’s
When I walked into the store in Rochester, New York, the first thing I saw were all the flowers.
Trader Joe’s is known for its collection of discount flowers, like the $4 bouquet I bought. The offerings change with the seasons, with pumpkins and gourds in the fall and wreaths during the holidays.
Now that it’s spring, there are daffodils and other flower starters.
Inside the main store area, the space is mostly wide open. Displays and aisles don’t extend all the way to the ceiling, so it’s easy to see the whole store.
The front part of the store doesn’t really have the typical grocery aisles, just big screens.
The produce section is right in front of the flowers.
Most products are loose on multi-level shelves.
Despite the relatively small size of the produce section, there was a large selection of fruits and vegetables, including mangoes, pineapples, and five or six types of apples.
Trader Joe’s bananas are particularly attractive compared to other grocery store prices, although the rest of the products are generally more expensive.
A refrigerated section is behind the produce, where pre-cut berries and fruit were also available.
The wall behind the produce section is filled with greens and prepackaged salads.
The next part of the refrigerated section contains cheeses, dips and spreads.
Trader Joe’s is particularly popular with loyal customers for its unique cheeses, sold on their own or used in ravioli and other pastas.