263 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range : Average
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Bs"d Bs"d First, let's answer the last reviewer: he asked "maybe it's me?". He should read his own pitch, and he wouldn't have to ask. For me, it's a great place to shop. We were here in the neighborhood when they moved in and glad that they did. Good stock, good prices, friendly, knowledgeable, attentive staff. There's a sample counter on the back with hot and cold selections and hot gourmet coffee. If long lines are a bother, try to get there earlier. This is not Russia. No offense intended, but here in L. A., long lines mean there's something good and price is right .
04/06/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Place has a good selection. Tight Parking.
My problem is with the staff, as this is my local Trader Joe's that I always go to since I live close by.
First off, at check-out w/ LONG lines they will initiate long conversations with customers.
Many times the guys will be nice and down to earth . . . to a female customer, asking her if she needs help. Then, I (just a normal dude) walk by, and it's a cold shoulder, they look down, away, or just make a face. Many times I have gone to take a food sample, the female behind the counter never acknowledges me, looks down, then to an older person will look up and smile, ""Ya wanna try?"" Happens w/ both guy or girl behind. Really? Is it ME??
What is the deal with hiring minorities with ghetto attitudes, in this case it's the Hispanics at this location?? Affirmative action is great, but why hire people who flip attitudes all the time, or selectively? and why are these Hispanics coming over from their ghetto parts of LA to give people who live in this area attitudes? I've never had a problem w/ an African-American at this location. The whites are okay, some have a flippy hipster attitude and also are selectively nice to females or the elderly.
04/26/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The thing that I love about Trader Joe's is that you walk into a sea of brands that you don't see anywhere else, and it is heaven to any of you who are tired of the same ol, same ol. Sure, you sometimes get some nasty surprises, but hey, sometime it's nice when life is a bit unpredictable. More often than not, you can count on Trader Joe's offering to be really fresh, and made of good stuff. The staff who work there tend to be really helpful, and look like they are proud to be associated with TJs.
06/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Being the only Trader Joe's in West LA, east of W. Hollywood - is a major problem. I like the selection and amount of food (usually available, minus fruits and salads sometimes), however it's always crowded and parking is a major problem during the daytime. The traffic congestion from LaBrea doesn't help either. Parking is better when they open the additional lot, but everyone fights for the spots - which is ridiculous. Trader Joe's needs to seriously build another one in the Hollywood/east of Vine or in Los Feliz.
10/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Trader Joes in Chatsworth, CA has had a rodent infestation problem. We bought and ate a bag of Kettles ""Bakes"" lightly salted potato chips last week, and after eating the entire bag noticed ""gnaw"" marks and holes at the bottom. In disgust I called the store manager, who immediately confirmed that they indeed had a rodent problem with their bagged chips, but he ""thought"" they removed them all from shelves. This is mortifying and unacceptable neglegence, and I want to make the public aware!! Check your bags thoroughly, because trader joes is not!! Public health should be #1 in importance, but clearly it is not.
Buyer Beware!!! I will never shop there again.
09/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Over the past year I have not had any complaints about Trader Joe's. However, last week I bought TJ's Eggwhite Salad and opened the container to find a small wrinkled part of a blue plastic bag inside. Then I opened the Eggplant Hummus to find a small black threadlike hair enclosed. These were purchased the same day! I still like TJ's but I won't be ingesting any of their dips/salads, etc...Seems like a quality control issue.
12/12/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I am a huge Trader Joe's fan - you can always fine awesome wines, snacks, cheese, gifts, etc. at really great prices. Some of my favorite items - mushroom turnovers; chocolate ganache cake; double rainbow ice cream; parmesan cheese with built-in grinder; fresh basil; various veggie dips; turkey sausages; honey moon wine; etc.etc. For anyone who is lactose intolerant, Trader Joe's has a dietary supplement (the equivalent to lactaid) that is much more effective and definitely cheaper. The only annoying thing is the parking and the long lines!
07/16/2002Provided by Citysearch -
I go to this location often because its on my way home from work, but the early evening hours are always horribly crowded. The weekends are worse. The layout of this store is atrocious. Theres no way to avoid being cramped and waiting in a long line. However, that said, the staff is sweet as pie and super helpful. All the usual TJ goods are stocked and theres always some sort of sample table doling out tasty bits. The store has a good variety of cheeses, much cheaper than youll find at any other market. Despite the long wait and crowds, I continue to patron this location.
The place is popular. And for good reason--you can't beat the selection of gourmet food items and top-notch wines at relatively rock-bottom prices. But this location, at Third and La Brea, is so routinely crowded, it's hardly worth the effort. The parking lot is a mess, and the lines are long. If you live in the neighborhood, walk and carry. If you're thinking about stopping by on your way home from work, think again--or at least plan to spend a good 15 minutes in line.
I love Trader Joes. This location however, is definitely sub-par. Yes, they stock almost all of the same items--but the layout is so cramped and it's so crowded that you can hardly move around the aisles. The shelves are so picked over and rummaged through, that it's often difficult to find anything you're looking for--even when you can get your cart into the aisle. I'll still be shopping Trader Joe's--I'll just be driving to Santa Monica to do it.