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Trader Joe’s Colorado Grand Openings: Fun FAQ and Must-buy Products!

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For years, I’ve listened to my out-of-state friends rave about Trader Joe’s. My days of coveting their high-quality products and great prices are over because on Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 a.m. they will open their doors at three Colorado stores –one in Denver (750 N. Colorado Blvd.), one in Greenwood Village (5910 S. University Blvd, Suite E1), and a third location in Boulder (1906 28th St).


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Note: Popular women’s activewear brand Sobyu opened their flagship store next to the Greenwood Village location; be sure to enter our $100 contest!

To kick off the official openings, each Trader Joe’s Captain and their crew will gather for a ceremonial lei-cutting to welcome new customers – Trader Joe’s style.  The celebrations will continue throughout the day with food demonstrations, giveaways and live music. 

Since I’m a TJ Virgin, I educated myself about Trader Joe’s culture and must-buy items.

Private Products

You won’t find a lot of branded items. Instead, you’ll find unconventional and interesting products in the Trader Joe’s label as well as everyday basics. About 80 percent of what they sell is underneath the Trader Joe’s private label, and anything underneath their brand is free from artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, synthetic colors and GMO ingredients. 

No, You Haven’t Landed in the Pacific

Store employees, dubbed “Crew Members,” consider themselves “traders on the culinary high seas.” Crew Members sport brightly-colored Hawaiian-themed shirts, adding to the friendly and light-hearted air of the store. When you  hear bells ringing, that’s Trader Joe’s Morse code. One bell lets their Crew know when to open another register. Two bells mean there are additional questions that need to be answered at the checkout. Three bells call over a manager-type person. It is allegedly much easier than the ole message in a bottle trick.

Sale or  Sail? Either way the answer is “no!”

Trader Joe’s doesn’t have sales. Their prices change only when costs change— there are no fancy promotions, discount cards, or couponing wars. So how does Trader Joe’s offer unique groceries at prices everyone can afford?  By offering more than 3,000 items under the Trader Joe’s private label. They introduce approximately a dozen new items every week, heightening the store’s adventurous appeal.

Top Picks

So, now we know the nuts and bolts of Trader Joe’s but what should you buy? I asked my friends and they had some great suggestions.  Rest assured, they have impeccable taste; after all, they chose me for their friend!

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 Each store will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. A fourth location was recently announced at 390 East 7th Ave, Denver. Opening date to be determined.

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  • comment avatar SilverLakeGal February 10, 2014

    Tarte d’Alsace
    Mac & Cheese
    Panang Curry [made in Thailand]
    Minced Onions & Garlic
    Tikka Masala
    Frozen Fettucini Alfredo
    Pita Crackers
    Frozen Breaded Chicken Breasts

  • comment avatar TraderJoesLover February 10, 2014

    My 5:
    1. Green tea mochi
    2. Wasabi cheese – I didn’t see it last time I was there… Please tell me it’s not
    3. Cocoa truffles (seasonal)
    4. Mandarin chicken
    5. Roasted red and yellow peppers in a jar

    My 3 year old’s favs:
    1. “This _ walked into a bar”
    2. Probiotic yogurt smoothies
    3. Cookie butter (as a special treat)
    4. Cornichons
    5. Coconut chips

  • comment avatar Anna February 10, 2014

    I love:
    Five Spice Asian Chicken and Asian Noodle Salad (Easily my #1), Goat Cheese Pizza (fridge), Pork Potstickers, Habanero Lime Salsa and Dark Chocolate Cocoa Nibs.

  • comment avatar Monica February 10, 2014

    My list:
    1. All 4 hot sauces (habanero, chili, jalapeno, and the NEW sriracha!). These are a GREAT and much healthier substitute than most hot sauces and even great on the occasional del taco splurge.

    2. Mini cilantro chicken wontons – A great quick snack when you want to just have a few bites around 3pm or late evening. Nuke them and use TJ great gyoza sauce and sweet hot mustard MMMM!

    3. Whole grain dijon mustard – Probably the best bottled mustard ever. I use it on chicken and fish with a little yogurt on the side too. OMG amazing.

    4. Raw Trek Mix Nuts – individually packaged, love this. Super healthy, not roasted, not salted, and I eat 1-2 packs every day and keep them in my car, office, and home.

    5. Pistachio dark chocolate toffee. Oh dear god is all I can say.

    Honorable mentions to the amazing gluten free cranberry granola, middle eastern flatbread (makes amazing flatbread pizza!), flax and cinnamon instant oatmeal, organic coconut oil, raw unsalted almond butter, moisturizing cream and coconut body butter, and TJ all purpose cleaner!

  • comment avatar Thrift Store Mama February 10, 2014

    Although we live in Broomfield, my kids have a 2 hour class in Boulder once a week which means that I will have a designated TJ shopping time. Since moving to CO from the DC area 6 months ago, I’ve missed my favorite product: lightly salted dry roasted almosts, cashews, and peanuts.

  • comment avatar Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet February 10, 2014

    Sunflower Butter, Meringue Cookies, any of their coffees, their beef jerky, the chocolate covered coffee beans, and their organic milk is much cheaper than that at the grocery store.

  • comment avatar kia February 10, 2014

    I grew up in SoCal on TJs teat. However as an adult it is their White Balsamic Vinegar for me and Pop-up Sponges for my hubby. When we drive and fly to places with TJs we go a bit nuts but not anymore thanks to the 3 locations opening on Friday!

  • comment avatar Trader Joe's fan April 18, 2014

    There are so many great things at Trader Joe’s and it seems everybody has their own lists. Here is my list of what I buy at Trader Joe’s.

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