Sure, I joked around when I heard about it. “No! Please tell me they saved the wine!” But the recent northeastern snowstorm which caused the roof of the Trader Joe’s in Westfield, New Jersey to cave in and the walls to buckle is no laughing matter. Thankfully no one was hurt, but quite a few employees are going to be out of work for some time. Unless they are transferred to the other location in the area (in Shrewsbury, but a bit of a hike at about an hour away). There is no telling how long it will be before the store reopens or if a new one is built. Due to the age of the building and immense structure damage, it’s safe to say they might have to find a new location altogether. The best case scenario is that they demolish the remains and build anew in the same spot.
Frequent readers of this blog know my advocacy for their brand. In a world of questionable food products, Trader Joe’s is a shining light of natural, organic, and fresh. They have literally everything; from produce and frozen goods covering many nationalities to their own wine and even spirits like Scotch. Prices are usually good, especially when it comes to some of their alcoholic beverages such as the $2.99 Charles Shaw wine, known affectionately as “Three Buck Chuck”. I’m a huge fan of their bacon and all-beef hot dogs, which are nitrate and nitrite free.
I feel like I am at this location every two weeks. The Shrewsbury store is just as good, but they do not sell alcohol. In either case, the employees there are so friendly. They always walk around with a smile on their face. This can be a tall order because the store is usually swamped with customers. They must be treated very well, and treat customers swiftly and politely in return. The fact these people will be out of work for the time being is a small tragedy. We can only hope for the best.