Like a lot of people, I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s. Twice a month my husband and I load the kids into the car and take a family trip to the Millburn store, where we fill our cart (sometimes two) to the top, avoiding the probing eyes of curious onlookers who (I’m convinced) wonder why a family of four—one of whom is still in diapers—needs that much food.
I live in Montclair, I want to explain. It takes me 25 minutes to get here.
So we go every two or three weeks, hoping our carts full of organic strawberry jam, frozen pizzas, seaweed snacks, bags of avocados and pre-washed kale will sustain us until our next trip. As much as I love Trader Joe’s, I just can’t drive to Millburn—or Paramus, or Wayne—every weekend.
But if the rumor one Baristanet reader heard is correct, we may be getting a Trader Joe’s much closer to Baristaville.
The tipster sent us this email yesterday: “Heard from an employee at the Smashburger on Route 3 that the construction site between the Tick Tock Diner and Smashburger is for a Trader Joe’s. Sounds like it won’t be ready until 2013 though.”
I’m not the only one obsessed. When I emailed my friends about this, one wrote back, “My prayers have been answered!” Another said, “I think I just heard a chorus of angels singing!” (When Trader Joe’s is being discussed, I’ve noticed, a higher power is often invoked.)
Still, we’ve been down this road before. Back in 2008, a similar rumor floated through the area but was quickly laid to rest (see the last comment on this post). So I’m not holding my breath. I have reached out to Trader Joe’s but have yet to receive a reply.
Fortunately, another rumor about a different favored grocery store opening in the area is true, and it’s sure to please every former Upper West Sider in Baristaville. Venerable New York City market Fairway is coming to Route 46! It will be at the site of the old Pathmark in Woodland Park and is slated to open in June, a spokesperson for the company told me.
So even if you still have to drive to Millburn to get your seaweed fix, at least an awesome cheese counter—and other gourmet goodies—will be only a stone’s throw away.
Have a favorite TJ’s and/or Fairway item? List them in the comments below.
Photo by Comp4Me via flickr