By now, you've probably heard that The Best Trader Joe's (at least the one with the biggest, most accessible open-air parking lot) is closing August 31 after 28 years and will make way for a mixed-use
monstrosity complex. And if you hadn't heard, here's a TJ's tissue. It's there when you're sad, you know.
The Movietown Plaza on Santa Monica Boulevard where the first Trader Joe's opened in 1985 has been slated for the wrecking ball for years, but the high-rise project stalled out, until now. Under threat of destruction, nearly all the other business vacated the shopping complex years ago. That meant you could always find a parking spot since there's 150 glorious, easy-access spots, all free. And you could occasionally spot a celeb, like Martin Landau in the juice aisle or (okay, this only happened once) have a chat with Timothy Dalton in line.
TJ's might come back as an anchor store in the new retail space but that'll take years. The 70 or so employees at this location will be reassigned to area stores, so you'll probably see their friendly faces again. I've been shopping here since I moved to L.A. in 2000. I will miss having a TJ's in walking distance and because it was my Trader Joe's. (Yeah, I know. #firstworldproblems)
So where do you shop now, if you are used to shopping at this West Hollywood staple? There are several other TJ's in the immediate area, but none boast that amazing parking.
Here's what you need to know about the neighboring locations.
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