With the possibility of rain, the line outside of Trader Joe’s extends maybe 15 people. Shorter than I’ve seen in a while. #EastVillage— EV TJs and Target Line (@EV_TJsAndTarget) April 21, 2020
The account launched on Monday, for anyone who may want some neighborly info to save time standing in a line. Per the description: "Headed to the Trader Joe’s or Target on 14th St and Ave A? We’ll let you know how the line looks. Not a bot, just two people stuck in self isolation."
2:30pm : No line at Trader Joe’s, and 8 people at Target.— EV TJs and Target Line (@EV_TJsAndTarget) April 21, 2020
At opening, the Trader Joe’s line is backed up to Dion Cleaners, but they aren’t very spread apart. Target has no line.— EV TJs and Target Line (@EV_TJsAndTarget) April 22, 2020
The Trader Joe’s line shifted directions and is now at Dion Cleaners at Ave A.— EV TJs and Target Line (@EV_TJsAndTarget) April 21, 2020
ah this twitter account, thank you!
People LOVE standing on line at Trader Joe's, it's like a dysfunctional status symbol. Meanwhile, there are no lines at Associated on Avenue C, the grocery store on 2nd Ave in the old Fillmore, Food Emporium at Union Square, and the line at Target on 14th, at worst, is only a couple of people deep.
Now THAT is a very neighborly thing to do! Thanks!
Do they truck these people in to just stand on line?
No lines at the New Yorker Supermarket on 2nd Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets. This may not be a big supermarket like Key Food or TJ, but it does have a decent variety of stocked shelves and they continue to get deliveries to restock. This is a neighborhood supermarket owned and operated every day by two brothers who have held on through thick and thin. They deserve some recognition and some patronage. They don't price gouge and they treat you with respect.
Being of a “certain” age, TJs works for me. BTW trending and flying off the shelves, grey wigs
BTW, I do go to both Ave C markets, Westside at 12th and Third, both Ave D markets. I stay away from Fine Fare. I will check out the NYorker at 2nd, keep forgetting about that one. And the bodegas for dry goods.
I don't understand criticizing those standing on line at TJ's. People stand on line at Key Food as well. Both stores are doing the right thing by limiting the number of people inside.
@10:54am: Totally agree with you about New Yorker Supermarket on 2nd Ave. - they are clean, well-stocked, AND pleasant to do business with, which IMO counts for a lot these days.
No lines at the Food Emporium at 4th and 14th, a stone's throw from the Irving Place Trader Joe's. Also none at Avenue C stalwart Shop Fair.
I've read on this blog when someone commented "no lines at C-Town, Avenue C". So I ran over there and what did I find - a line. Go where you want, when you want and how you want. Who cares?
TJ's is not the exact equivalent of a normal supermarket. Their selection is more restricted but also more unusual. I went about six weeks just now without going because I didn't want to stand in one of those lines, but the fact is there are *some* things you can get there at a better price/value point than elsewhere, and when I finally popped in, it was easy to fill a cart with affordable stuff I wanted.
(P.S. If there are people who STILL don't know, the lines now are from their drastically restricting capacity. There's maybe 1/4 of the normal customers inside.)
The Trader Joe's employees are working their butts off and keeping the line moving. You won't wait long. And it is worth it to save the money. My food bill is less than half what it was when I was shopping at Associated.
Yeah, New Yorker formerly Met Foods has never had a line and they are fully stocked most fo the time but for TP. I think the scaffolding throw people off but they are open until 6pm.
No people enjoy standing on line, anywhere. Talk about a confused and self-serving view of the world. People line up because the quality/price ratio at TJ's is significantly higher than any other store. There is brand loyalty at work but mainly it's a simple price issue. TJ has by far the lowest prices around here.
The lettuce at food emporium was more expensive but much better quality than TJs, plus no lines
This seems like a solid public service.
TJ's workers are heroes!
Here's a question: What about bathrooms? Are _any_ bathrooms in the city open? Are train and park bathrooms (there are a few) open? Fast food places? I'm considering taking a walk for groceries today, possibly a long walk, but I don't want to end up getting a ticket for peeing in a park :(
@5:00 - Tompkins bathrooms are open until 3pm...if you dare.
There are other accounts popping up! There's one for Murray Hill TJ updates too @TraderJoesLine_
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