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Sign Our Petition To Open A Trader Joe’s In Miami

September 29, 2011 By Carlos Miller in Miami: Local NewsMiami: Food & Restaurant News  | 49 Comments

Miami has a lot but it doesn’t have it all. And it especially doesn’t have a Trader Joe’s.

And we were kind of cool with that figuring they would eventually get around to opening up one down here.

But then we found out they were opening one up in Naples and were left wondering WTF.

So now we’re using this article to petition Trader Joe’s to open up a store in Miami. We’re hoping our readers will sign the petition by commenting on this article in the comments section below.

For those of you wondering what is a Trader Joe’s, it’s just one of the coolest specialty grocery stores you will ever find. Think Whole Foods without the expense and pretension. Check out the video above to get a better idea. Or read this article comparing the two.

“Trader Joe’s is the poor man’s Whole Foods,” said Peter Ortiz, an old journalism buddy of mine who frequents the Trader Joe’s in New York City.


Spreading everywhere from California except Miami

Originally from California, Trader Joe’s has been spreading eastward for the last decade or so, propping up stores in New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Washington D.C., North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

But for whatever reason, they continued to ignore Florida, even though it is the fourth most populous state in the country (they’ve also ignored Texas even though it is the second most populous state in the country, so maybe they fear states with lax gun laws).

But now that they finally decided to venture into Florida, we are a little taken aback that they would choose Naples over Miami.

The last time Miami was bypassed by Naples was when Canadian tourists started choosing it as their vacation spot over Miami after crimes against tourists spiraled out of control down here.

But now that crime is down in Miami, we really don’t mind Canadians continuing to choose Naples over the Magic City because they drive too slow anyway.

But we do mind that Naples ended up getting a Trader Joe’s before us.

After all, what does Naples have that we don’t have? Well, besides old people with disposable income and not much to do but spend their money on cheap wine and cheeses.

Perhaps Miami is oversaturated with grocery stores, but Trader Joe’s has never been the place where you do all your shopping anyway. It’s that specialty shop where you pick up a few items for dinner and desert and maybe breakfast the following morning.

So what can we do to persuade Trader Joe’s to open a store in Miami?

Fellow Miami Beach 411 writer Matt Meltzer and I decided the best place to open a Trader Joe’s in Miami is right in my neighborhood, the Coral Way Corridor.

While that may seem a bit selfish on my part, it is smack in the middle of Brickell, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove, three affluent neighborhoods within a short driving distance.

Not only does the Coral Way Corridor offer cheaper rents, it is a major thoroughfare from downtown all the way out west, which means it will be the perfect place for people to stop after they get off work.

We’ll even hook Trader Joe’s up with local realtors to find the best possible spot.

But the first step is for our readers to sign this petition by leaving a comment below explaining why we need a Trader Joe’s down here.

Related Categories: Miami: Local News, Miami: Food & Restaurant News,

Carlos Miller is a featured writer at Miami Beach 411. He also operates Photography is Not a Crime, a blog about photographer rights, New Media and First Amendment issues.

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49 Comments on

"Sign Our Petition To Open A Trader Joe’s In Miami"

the Bulldog says:

Signed! Because i agree with everything carlos says!

Posted on 09/29/2011 at 11:23 PM

kim says:

Would love to have a Traders Joe’s in Miami.  They would do great down here, even with the competition.  Their selection of lower priced foods, sauces, and wines would be a hit.

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 4:40 AM

Mike LaMonica says:

I, the undersigned, would like a Trader Joe’s to open up in Miami and we, the Miami Beach 411 community, look forward to welcoming Trader Joe’s to our market.

~Mike LaMonica

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 7:10 AM

Jeannette says:

I want Trader Joe’s in Miami!  My friends in Minnesota keep talking about it, and I’m jealous!

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 7:31 AM

Christy says:

What can you buy in Trader Joe’s that you can’t buy somewhere else? I’m signing the petition anyway bc I want to see what all the fuss is about.

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 8:22 AM

Avi says:

Copied from Mike but:

I, the undersigned, would like a Trader Joe’s to open up in Miami and we, the Miami Beach 411 community, look forward to welcoming Trader Joe’s to our market.

Every year I go to their web site and suggest Miami as a location. They should eat Epicure in my opinion.

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 9:26 AM

Sebastian Rusk says:


Posted on 09/30/2011 at 10:59 AM

Staci Garcia says:

I would come to Miami just to go to Trader Joes!

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 11:13 AM

Sandy DeWitt says:

We can do better, send a letter to corporate, I did when I moved here and found out there was no TJ. If we ALL send one, we can be heard. I MISS TRADER JOES, PLEASE COME TO MIAMI!

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 12:26 PM

mkhall says:

I moved to DC just to be closer to Trader Joe’s. Well, not really, but it was a serious perk!

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 12:44 PM

lax2mia says:

I’ve been in MIA too long and fought too many TSA agents on what constitutes a “liquid or a paste” when smuggling TJ products onto an airplane to sit idly by and watch other cities not as deserving as ours get a Trader Joes.  Come to MIA!  My consumption of your products will singlehandedly be enough to justify a store.

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 2:10 PM

E Evans says:

I have been sending them emails for years to come to Miami! TJ please come down here!

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 2:51 PM

Blackford Oakes says:

From what I heard/read, Boca and Ft Lauderdale deals are in the works.

If they can hire a staff that epitomizes their customer service in Miami - Why not ?

Posted on 09/30/2011 at 3:19 PM

Drakonas Tiranu says:

Miami needs a Trader Joe’s store big time! Aventura, Hallandale and Dadeland are your perfect markets! Set one up next to a Publix and watch it go! Trust me, it’s worth your investment! Miami needs other options besides “Whole Paycheck Market”!

Posted on 10/01/2011 at 10:19 AM

Blackford Oakes says:

Dear Trader Joe’s,

As a client going back to your original South Pasadena store way back, we encourage you to spread your love in Miami. It will be returned 100 fold.


Posted on 10/01/2011 at 11:50 AM

AB says:

Originally from Portland, OR myself, I know the value of this superb specialty food store!  Please count my signature! smile

Posted on 10/01/2011 at 12:51 PM

DF says:

Absolutely signed! Originally from Los Angeles, I grew up going to trader joes. Great specialty super market.

Posted on 10/02/2011 at 11:07 AM

Elizabeth Hamilton says:

I used to live in Cincinnati and WE had a Trader Joe’s. Why don’t we have one in a larger, more affluent city like Miami? I agree with Carlos on location: Coral Way Corridor. Yeah!

Posted on 10/03/2011 at 8:20 PM

Lucille Acocella says:

I used to go to Trader Joe’s in Westchester , NY and moved here 20 years ago. I still can’t believe we DON’T have one yet. Come on down! WE certainly have the population to support it!

Posted on 10/05/2011 at 10:27 AM

sheila says:

signed! because i’ve been dying for one since i left california :(

Posted on 10/05/2011 at 1:37 PM

jess says:

I would shop only there and make the drive from South Beach if they open one in Miami. Best grocery store ever!

Posted on 10/07/2011 at 9:17 AM

Vanessa Martin says:

Please come to Miami!!!

Posted on 10/09/2011 at 5:25 PM

Emily says:

I don’t even live in Miami and I want Trader Joe’s to open up there. It is one of my fave stores here in Ohio!

Posted on 10/12/2011 at 7:43 PM

Dara says:

Please open a Trader Joe’s in Miami!!! We really need it and it would do so well!

Posted on 10/27/2011 at 12:22 PM

Amy Rakoff says:

Yes Trader Joes needs to come to South Flroida….As well as Miami, a trader Joes should open in Boynton Beach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on 11/26/2011 at 11:32 AM

Anna says:

PLEASE OPEN A TJs in MIAMI! This needs to happen! They would make a killing down here!!!

Posted on 12/14/2011 at 9:12 AM

Christine Borjesson says:

Please bring Trader Joe’s to Miami.  We have been waiting long enough for this great store.
Make 2012 the year!!!!

Posted on 12/23/2011 at 6:21 PM

Elle says:

Yes Trader Joe’s in Boynton Beach!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on 01/03/2012 at 4:49 PM

GL says:

If Trader Joe’s came to South Florida it WOULD put out the abusive pricing of Fresh Market and Whole Foods out of business and that is a GOOD thing. Besides, the food and pricing of Trader Joes is unmatched! I agree with someone here, Trader Joe’s IS a reason to pick a city or state!!! PLEASE open a TD in Miami!!!!

Posted on 01/10/2012 at 9:41 AM

Latifa says:

I used to live in Minnesota and miss Trader joe’s terribly!!!!  I used to shop there all the time and hope that we will get this in Miami Beach

Posted on 01/13/2012 at 11:40 AM

Tree says:

Yes please open a Trader Joe’s in Miami!  Saturday afternoon snack > TJ white bean hummus dip on Rosemary Raisin Almond Crackers with a glass of chilled Prosecco. The Caramelized Onion Feta Puffs…OMG soooo good.  Big fan of Trader Joes.

Posted on 03/24/2012 at 10:45 AM

Lis says:

Please bring Trader Joe’s to Miami! The food is not only amazing and healthy, but deliciousss!!! I’m moving to Miami in a month, and one of the first things I checked is if they have a Trader Joe’s. I was so sad to hear that they don’t, but am hoping that we can make it happen! I don’t know how I will survive without it. Please come Trader Joe’s!!!!

Posted on 03/26/2012 at 10:09 AM

Vanessa says:

I won’t move back to Miami until there’s a Trader Joe’s!

Posted on 04/04/2012 at 12:37 AM

chelsea says:

Trader Joe’s in Miami please!!!

Posted on 04/07/2012 at 2:05 AM

Sabina says:

Miami needs Trader Joe’s!!!!

Posted on 04/09/2012 at 10:02 PM

Denise says:

Just this evening as I looked longingly in my fridge for something to cook I said out loud, “I miss Trader Joes!” Please, oh please! Come to Miami and let this city kow why those of us who know about you can’t live without you!

Posted on 04/09/2012 at 11:36 PM

Katrina says:

I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Trader Joe’s. How are we supposed to perpetuate this reputation unless we personally experience its greatness? Bring TJ’s to Miami!!

Posted on 04/09/2012 at 11:46 PM

Alison says:

PLEASE PLEASE I need my Trader Joes Fix!!! Every time we visit family with a Trader Joes, we stock up…we even bring an empty imagine if it were in town?!! Please move in!

Posted on 04/10/2012 at 12:36 PM

Michelle says:

Please open a Trader Joes in Miami!!  I frequented one when I lived in Seattle and would love one here.  We need more grocery options here!

Posted on 04/11/2012 at 12:16 AM

Mixolidia Gautreaux says:

Yes, Trader Joe’s in Miami sounds great!

Posted on 04/12/2012 at 12:35 PM

dolores says:

please, please, please open a Trader Joe’s in Miami or FT. LAUDERDALE!!!!!Please, I beg you!!!!!!!!! I will then feel complete in Florida!!!!

Posted on 05/02/2012 at 6:21 PM

E. D. Steele says:

Please open a trader joes in the ft lauderdale/Miami area! IT would be more packed than Costco!

Posted on 05/24/2012 at 11:36 PM

Donna Gaines says:

I have been asking Trader Joe’s to open in Miami for 10 years.  I have e-mailed them and have received a “thank you for writing” response.  Every time I go to a Trader Joe’s I complain to the manager of that store that I’m angry that we don’t have them here.
It’s time for Trader Joe’s in Miami!

Posted on 05/28/2012 at 12:06 PM

gina says:

Trader Joe’s in Miami would be a breath of fresh air! And produce please come to miami

Posted on 07/04/2012 at 9:13 PM

gigi says:

love the great products and low prices! Specially goat milk and cheese variety!!!

Posted on 08/10/2012 at 11:25 AM

yovy says:

Naples and Sarasota before Miami???!!!  Come on guys, REALLY?!  What’s taking you so long, just come down to Miami already! Ah, and while we are at it, why don’t you open more than one, just so that we can avoid here what happens at TJ in New York City,  you can’t even get through the door (greedy New Yorkers wink .

Posted on 08/10/2012 at 10:23 PM

Asia Eaton says:

Please open a store in Miami. Thank you!

Posted on 08/18/2012 at 9:47 AM

TJFan says:

I love Trader Joe’s products in their stores in Arlington, VA and was SHOCKED not to have them here in Miami, Please open one store in here ASAP TJ!

Posted on 08/20/2012 at 4:46 PM

Gus says:

Great news—Curbed Miami is reporting, Trader Joe’s, has signed a lease to open their first Miami Store at at 9205 South Dixie Highway. No info yet when the store is opening. Hat’s off to Carlos and everyone who signed the petition.

Posted on 09/19/2012 at 5:48 PM

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