Trader Joe's on Notice: Residents Want Valrico Store

Patch readers said they want the California-based specialty grocery store chain to open a store in Valrico.

Would you like to see a Trader Joe's (or any other kind of store) come to the area? Post a comment below.


Asked what they'd like to on Lithia-Pinecrest Road, readers overwhelming voiced a preference for Trader Joe's.

"I will miss Albertson's so much, but I'd love to see Trader Joe's go in there," commented Mary Berg on the recent Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch story.

"I would love a Whole Foods, Fresh Market or Trader Joe's," agreed Rose Anzaldi. "We also have a vacancy in Brandon where the old Borders used to be...that would be a perfect spot for one of these places also."

Linda Parrott-Jessup, Linda Mize, Beth Nobles, Debbie Ploor, Bryan Mion and Sean Donahue also gave Trader Joe's a thumbs up.

For those unfamiliar with the California-based Trader Joe's, the specialty grocery store was founded in 1958 as a small chain of conveniece stores called Pronto Markets. In 1967, the founder changed the name to Trader Joe's and began enlarging the stores, decking the walls with cedar planks and dressing the staff in Hawaiian shirts. The stores began specializing in hard-to-find, low-cost foods, including organic, vegan and gluten-free products.

The company currently has no stores in this area, however, it is opening one soon in Sarasota.

So, is there a chance of Trader Joe's coming to Valrico?

There's always the possibility, responded the company to an inquiry from Patch.

"Emails have been flooding in with suggestions for new store locations in neighborhoods all over the U.S. We love that," replied a Trader Joe's spokesperson in an email. "Rest assured, every email is read and your recommendation will be passed along to our real estate folks." 
It probably wouldn't hurt for interested readers to flood Trader Joe's with requests for a Valrico store. You can do so by going on the Trader Joe's website and filling out the Customer Questions and Feedback form.

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sandy lee June 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM
I can't think of anything better since every time I go to NY I bring an empty duffel bag so I can get everything I like to bring back to Florida.... I don't know that TJ's is ready for this. Think they are working up the coast.....cat cookies anyone?
D'Ann White June 23, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I do the same every time I visit my mom and sister in St. Louis, Sandy.
Lucie Munger June 23, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I lived in Fresno,CA for 12 years , and Trader Joe's became my favorite store ,they have groceries that you only get there I miss this store a lot. I had to go to Naples,FL in order to buy all my favorite food, like California Olive oil, all kind of nuts and dry fruit, the variaty of cereals, the spicies,the jam, Wine , spaguetti sauce, all of these products have the store brand!!!! I need want store here in Valrico or Brandon!!!!!!
Frank Ramsdell June 23, 2012 at 02:04 PM
frank Ramsdell We would be happy to spend our money there. devoted fans from NC, Az and other places.
cindy manchesi June 23, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Write to them and let them know. Corporate headquarters is taking notes from our community.
Cindy Northup June 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Please, please, please bring Trader Joes' to Valrico. Being from Chicago, it was a regular stop for me. I miss it terribly.
Kathy Nixon June 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM
We would love to see a Trader Joe's in this area. We became fans when we were living in southern California and were delighted to find them in DC when we lived there. It's a great store!


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