What is it: Trader Joes is a grocery chain that recently made its way to the Triangle. Trader Joe's is known for its low cost, high quality and wide variety grocery items. I always find something new and different to try. The store is also very kid friendly which makes it easier to get your shopping done too. They have a fresh produce section, packaged fresh meat, nuts and crackers, deserts, frozen dinner items galore, and a nice wine/beer section for the grownups (they are often sampling some too!). Their frozen meal options taste fantastic and are quick and easy for that busy day when you just don't have the time to cook. They also have awesome inexpensive (but high quality!) fresh flowers just when you walk in the store. It's always fun to stop and let your child smell the roses. There is always something new and different to try, so shopping is anything but boring!
Located in the Eastgate shopping plaza in Chapel Hill, Trader Joes is easily accessible from 15/501 and I-40. There is also a plethora of other interesting shops nearby.
What we liked: We love the "Customer in Training" shopping carts. They are a perfect size for your toddler or preschooler and allows them to push their own cart of groceries - surprises for Mom and Dad are sure to be picked up! My daughter loves to "help out" with our shopping, get her own snack and drink and tote them around the store. We also love the lively atmosphere, food sampling in the back of the store, and pocket friendly prices! You can enter to win $100 if you bring in your own grocery bag too. The Trader Joes team is super friendly and it's never hard to find someone to help you find what you need.
What we would change: The store can get pretty busy on the weekends making navigating the store difficult for your child and their cart. The store is also on the smaller side as well so that adds to the crowding and long lines/waits at checkout. The shopping center can also get pretty crowded making getting out (back onto 15/501 or Franklin St) take a bit longer. There aren't that many "Customer in Training" carts so you may need to ask if you don't see them.
Website and other information:
Address: 1800 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill
1. View from parking lot
2. Fresh Produce
3. Frozen food isle, some snacks and treats on shelves above
4. Toddler-in-Training cart out front