Issaquah Trader Joe’s halts liquor sales

December 11, 2012

Trader Joe’s suddenly pulled spirits from store shelves not long after reopening at the Issaquah Commons last month.

The store at the open-air retail center meets the threshold — 10,000 square feet — to sell liquor under state law. Customers said store employees referred to a problem with the lease as the reason liquor disappeared from store shelves.

Trader Joe’s and the property owner offered few details about the change.

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Trader Joe’s opens at Issaquah Commons

November 20, 2012

Trader Joe’s reopened Nov. 14 in a location large enough for the California-based grocer to offer spirits under the state’s revised liquor laws.

The grocer relocated to 975 N.W. Gilman Blvd. from a smaller space at Pickering Place, and renovated 11,000 square feet at the Issaquah Commons for the store.

Trader Joe’s carries domestic and imported foods and beverages, in addition to basics, such as eggs and milk.

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Trader Joe’s opens Issaquah Commons store

November 15, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 15, 2012

Trader Joe’s opened Wednesday at the Issaquah Commons in a location large enough for the California-based grocer to offer spirits under the state’s revised liquor laws.

The grocer relocated from a smaller space at Pickering Place, and renovated 11,000 square feet at the Issaquah Commons for the just-opened store.

Trader Joe’s carries domestic and imported foods and beverages, including artisan breads, coffees ground from Arabica bean, frozen entrées, fresh crop nuts, and vitamins and supplements, in addition to basics, such as eggs and milk.

The store meets the threshold — 10,000 square feet — to sell liquor, in addition to beer and wine, under state law.

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Recall includes nut butters at Costco, Trader Joe’s

October 9, 2012

Costco, Target and Trader Joe’s recalled nut butters in recent days due to potential salmonella contamination in the products.

Between June 11 and Sept. 2, health officials reported 35 people sickened by salmonella to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The people sickened due to suspected contamination include a Spokane boy and a Thurston County boy.

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Trader Joe’s recalls peanut butter linked to 30 salmonella cases

September 26, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 26, 2012

Trader Joe’s recalled nut butters due to potential salmonella contamination in the products.

Between June 11 and Sept. 2, health officials reported 29 people sickened by salmonella to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The people sickened due to suspected contamination include a Spokane boy and Thurston County boy.

Officials reported similar illnesses in 17 other states connected to the products.

Trader Joe’s and product manufacturer Sunland, Inc. initiated the voluntary recall on Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds and Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds manufactured between May 1 and Sept. 24.

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Top baggers sought for Best Bagger Championship Finals

September 25, 2012

Washington grocers want to know if the best bagger in the land is bagging up groceries in Issaquah.

Best Bagger Championship Finals organizers put out a call for contestants to compete in the annual bag-off. The event runs from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Baggers compete for $1,500 and a chance to head to the national bag-off in Las Vegas.

Contestants can enter the competition through Oct. 10. Find more details at the Washington Food Industry Association website, www.wa-food-ind.org.

In November 2010, Nathan Frerker, a cashier at the Issaquah Trader Joe’s, competed in the Best Bagger Championship Finals.

Local party shop hosts opening celebration

September 25, 2012

Party @ Display & Costume is, as the name implies, hosting a party to celebrate a recent move to a space in East Lake Center next to Best Buy.

The store plans a grand opening celebration from Sept. 28-30 at 6000 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite B. Customers can receive 20 percent off purchases, free face-painting and animal balloons, and other goodies.

Customers can enter to win a $50 gift card by submitting photos of their Halloween costumes on Party @ Display & Costume’s Facebook page.

In June, Party @ Display & Costume left a space at the Issaquah Commons near Lane Bryant and Ross Dress for Less to make room for a relocated Trader Joe’s.

Eastside Baby Corner seeks 2,000 pairs of children’s pants

September 4, 2012

Eastside Baby Corner’s third annual Pants Party collection event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at its wareouse, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

Last year, the organization, which distributes almost everything needy children need from birth to age 12, collected 1,000 pairs of pants. This year, the goal is 2,000.

The community is encouraged to donate new or gently used pants for children, sizes 5 to14.

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Trader Joe’s to occupy former Issaquah Commons party store

June 5, 2012

The longtime party store in the Issaquah Commons along Northwest Gilman Boulevard moved the celebration elsewhere last week to make way for Trader Joe’s.

Party @ Display & Costume settled in a space next to Best Buy in the same shopping center as Fred Meyer and The Home Depot along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. The relocated party store opened to customers May 31.

The 60-year-old company also operates stores in Everett and Seattle.

Party @ Display & Costume left a space at the Issaquah Commons near Lane Bryant and Ross Dress for Less to make room for a relocated Trader Joe’s.

The specialty grocer’s existing location in Pickering Place does not meet the 10,000-square-foot threshold for retailers to sell liquor, but the former party store space in the Issaquah Commons offers enough space.

Trader Joe’s is expected to relocate within the next several months.

Consumers laud warehouse chain in national grocery survey

April 10, 2012

Issaquah-based Costco earned high marks among 52 major grocery chains in a Consumer Reports survey released April 3.

The largest warehouse club chain in the United States clinched the No. 5 spot on the list. Survey respondents lauded Costco for price, products and shopping environment, but dinged the retail giant for customer service.

The 24,203 Consumer Reports subscribers involved in the survey rated Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix and Fareway in the top spots in the survey. (Trader Joe’s operates a store in Issaquah at Pickering Place.)

Though Costco earned points for a selection of quality meat and produce, a clean shopping environment and budget-friendly prices, the chain faltered in the service category, defined as employee courtesy and checkout speed.

Consumer Reports said “service is minimal at warehouse clubs such as Costco, and lengthy lines are a tradeoff for day-in, day-out deals.”

Pathmark, Walmart Supercenter, Shaw’s, A&P and Jewel-Osco received the lowest rankings in the survey.

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