The July Fourth holiday weekend found shoppers at the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s exploring a newly expanded market. The grocery chain’s Hyperion Avenue outlet now claims nearly 12,000-square-feet of space (compared to about 8,700-square-feet before the expansion) after the store took over the former Video Hut space next door. Most shoppers welcomed the additional room. But Jessica Ritz of the Ritz Bites blog, said she’s already nostalgic for what’s missing, including the signs with local streets names posted at the check out stands and other features left out in the new decor:
“Sure, there might be 14 check-out aisles, plenty of wandering room, and expanded shelf space. But gone are the murals showing local landmarks: Dodger Stadium, Travel Town, the Observatory. In its place are other trying to be “funky” eclectic images that don’t have the neighborhood feel of the former decor. For all its shortcomings, I’ve always preferred this pre-mega-chain, old school-feeling TJs, for better or for worse.”
On Tuesday afternoon, some of the shoppers who visited the Trader Joe’s for the first time since the expansion didn’t seem to miss the old store much.
“It seems huge,” said a shopper named Katie from Atwater Village. “The aisles [before]were so crowded. You could not get around other peoples’ carts.” Another customer, Jerry, from Silver Lake, said he noticed a larger selection of meats and produce. “I will probably drop by more often.”