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Trader Joes coming to Texas....
posted by Ashley on May 3rd, 2011 9:45 AM
The article requires a subscription, so here is the full text. Article:Trader Joe’s has finally set its sights on Texas.The hip grocer, whose nationwide fan base circles its buildings for grand openings and travels to stock up on its private-label groceries, is looking at multiple locations in Dallas, Houston and Austin.The first store is expected to open in Dallas within the year, and the initial rollout will include 10 stores in Texas.“Dallas, and frankly the entire state of Texas, is a place we’ve wanted to be for a long time,” said Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki.In recent years, Trader Joe’s aggressive expansion has skipped Texas. It operates more than 350 stores in 29 states from coast to coast. The company has 169 stores in California, where it’s based near Los Angeles in Monrovia.When management decides to enter a market, Trader Joe’s opens several stores. It entered Chicago in 2000 and now has 18 stores there. Atlanta and its suburbs have six, and Charlotte, N.C., has three stores.“We are a company that grows in a very controlled and thoughtful way in order to maintain the Trader Joe’s customer experience,” Mochizuki said.Trader Joe’s is “actively looking for sites, and we’re anxious to identify some great locations and begin hiring,” she said. The chain is looking both within the city limits and at suburban locations.The privately owned company had sales last year of $8.5 billion, ranking it 21st on Supermarket News’ annual list of largest U.S. grocers. About 80 percent of its foods are private-label groceries. It brags that its offerings do not contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.Current specials include two 8-ounce frozen “American Style Kobe Beef Burgers” for $5.99 and a 15-ounce package of Trader Jose’s Chicken Asada for $5.99. The witty labeling includes Asian recipes from Trader Ming’s and French offerings from Trader Jacques.One of its best-known offerings is its $2-a-bottle California wines. The first bottles of Charles Shaw wines were sold in Trader Joe’s stores in 2002, and customers nicknamed it “Two Buck Chuck.” The price varies slightly depending on local taxes and transportation costs.The company communicates with its customers with a Fearless Flyer newsletter, and the official employee uniform is a Hawaiian shirt — the louder the better, according to corporate lore.Small stores’ impactAt about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet, Trader Joe’s stores are much smaller than a traditional 50,000-square-foot supermarket.Grocers have stepped up their Dallas-area growth plans. Kroger has a couple of stores under development inside the Dallas city limits. San Antonio-based H-E-B has four Central Market locations in the Dallas area and is looking for more. Whole Foods has opened three stores here in the last three years and now operates eight in the market. Both specialty food stores have more stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth than in any other Texas market.Other grocers have entered the North Texas market in the last few years, including fast-growing independents Sprouts Farmers Market, Natural Grocers and Sunflower Markets.There aren’t a lot of new retail developments in the works, so the expanding retailers are gobbling up space in existing shopping centers.Borders is closing stores as part of its Chapter 11 filing in February. At the time of the announcement, the owner of the Borders bookstore at Preston Road and Royal Lane said interest from grocery retailers was especially high.Different directionTrader Joe’s history has a Dallas twist. It started out in 1958 as a chain of convenience stores called Pronto Markets. By the 1960s, Dallas-based 7-Eleven was growing fast in Southern California and competing with Pronto.Trader Joe’s founder Joe Coloumbe bought the Pronto stores and decided to go in another direction. In 1967, the stores were renamed Trader Joe’s and morphed into a chain of small specialty cheese and wine shops. It later evolved into a neighborhood grocery chain.Trader Joe’s started opening stores outside California in 1993 with a store in Phoenix.There was much speculation when German discount grocer Aldi opened stores in Texas in early 2010 that Trader Joe’s wouldn’t be far behind.The founder of Trader Joe’s sold the company and left in 1987. Mochizuki wouldn’t disclose current ownership, but supermarket trade publications in the U.S. and the business press in Europe have reported that the company is owned by the Albrecht family in Germany.Two brothers of Aldi’s founding Albrecht family split Aldi and the German market in half in 1960 after an argument.Later, Aldi South came to the U.S. with the low-price format from Germany, and Aldi North acquired Trader Joe’s from California.The two companies insist they have separate ownership and don’t share U.S. operations.
Soon to be Mueller Residents
posted by AnotherPiperDown on May 1st, 2009 5:57 PM
An introduction My wife and I are moving into 4117 Gochman most likely in November/December. Lurking here on the forums for awhile, it helped make our decision to become Muellerites(?) Im from Portland Or and the wifey is from Atlanta Georgia and we now make Austin our home (and hopefully Mueller) at least until retirement 20+ years from now. Im an Austin Firefighter that works at the station on MLK and Nueces and my wife is a home based software developer. Our only in town (and in state) family consists of our two dogs Jack and Maggie and an ever expanding group of great friends, and we are all very excited about our new home and looking forward to meet everybody. Thanks for the helpful info on here and keep it coming! Loren and Brantley
Remote Viewing--discussion welcomed--Expanding topic to psi phenomena in general
posted by Rod on February 22nd, 2009 3:35 PM
I met Hal Puthoff and Paul Smith Saturday. Paul invited me to attend a lecture by Hal at his institute in north Austin. This is a part of Paul Smith's class that he offers each month to (I assume) a new group of students each time. There was a couple from California and their ~10-year old boy. He patiently drew pictures for fun, while Hal talked about the history of his involvement in psi research and in particular, RV==remote viewing. Hal is I guess in his mid-70's, a very engaging lecturer. As a result of this meeting, I learned of a few resources that I had not known about, and so list them out here. http://www.irva.org (International Remote Viewing Association) They have a pretty extensive on-line library of articles and so on: http://irvalibrary.com/index.html One can find articles on-line here, and the research section is of interest as well, as RV has been used to find seawrecks, make remarkable archeological finds, etc. Steven Schwartz is particularly associated with these sorts of endeavors--one of the modern pioneers of use of RV for archeaology. I am finding the book "Entangled Minds" by Dean Radin to be really helpful in that he has outlined how psi phenomena have been obviously known/present throughout recorded history. Many household names in the past 150 years have had an intense interest in psychic phenomena (an impressive roster of Nobel prize winners, etc.). In fact, we should please broaden the topic from "Remote Viewing" which is simply where I happened to start the suggested discussion, to "psi phenomena" since the latter encompasses RV as one of its areas of interest. That is,through this online dialogue and also simply reading more and talking to Puthoff and Smith and so on, it seems beneficial to have the discussion on-line be about psi phenomena in general. Link to Radin's book, below. For what it is worth, I would suggest simply reading this book first if this topic is entirely new to you, since it is an enjoyable, often quite funny and entertaining, look at the history of psi phenomena as well as current (and discussion of some future) research directions. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1416516778/bookstorenow56-20 For example, the "most helpful" customer review starts out (on Amazon.com) in this way: "Most Helpful Customer Reviews 155 of 168 people found the following review helpful: A Book of the First Order That Deserves a Very Wide Readership, April 27, 2006 By Dr. Richard G. Petty (Atlanta) - See all my reviews I've been waiting for this book for a long time. Driven by a passion to understand my own experiences, I have over the last 30 years read thousands of books about unusual phenomena and altered states of consciousness, and I thought that I'd seen and read everything. But this book by Dean Radin breaks new ground. (....)" Radin is a talented musician, and starting at a very young age performed "professionally" (can one play professionally at age 6 or 7? I guess so!) as a violinist, and he notes that when he is not analyzing data using statistical methods, he likes to kick back with his banjo and play and dream a bit. --Rod
"Can we afford New Urbanism?"
posted by ccosart on November 13th, 2007 11:28 AM
The article focuses mostly on Atlanta, but is relevant to Mueller, I think. http://pine-magazine.com/content.php?id=103 It always strikes me that the answer in the big picture is build more NU. There is clearly pent up demand and you can't fault the idea of NU if the problem is insufficient supply, that just proves people want it. There is plenty of land not too far east to build more Muellers. The key would be quality transit, which Austin seems to have an allergy to...
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posted by austinel on October 30th, 2007 12:57 PM
Atlanta Hope, I understand your frustration. It's tough to try to find a place from so far away. I am coordinating our move to Mueller from Connecticut. I have lived in Austin before, but I did visit again to shop real estate there. I also took a four-day trip to Raleigh-Durham. That's a *wonderful* area. Chapel Hill was my favorite -- it reminds me of Austin about 20 years ago. Anyway, we have family in Austin, so we decided to return. Before I gave my earnest money, I did my research, too. I pored over the floor plan and lot plan, I read the community rules, I spoke to the environmental agency that did clean-up of the old airport site, I spoke to the tax assessor, I looked at detailed crime reports. I also shopped around the rest of Austin so I could compare prices. For us, Mueller is a good fit. I didn't mean to make it seem as if I was singling you out, specifically. I am sorry for that. I am reacting to many people posting on the various Mueller message boards, people who say over and over again, "Mueller would be great if ________" or "Why can't Mueller be ________". I don't think that your feelings about Mueller are in any way unjustified, or that you shouldn't be able to express them. I just think it's futile to dwell on what Mueller might have been. Then again, I understand the need to vent, and I know that a lot of aspects of the Mueller development have turned out to be disappointing to a lot of people. I have already bought there. I am happy with the way its being done, or I wouldn't have. There are a few things I wish were different (yes, I wish the homes were set back about 10 ft. further from the sidewalks -- that's another thing you might want to know, the front step of the homes will be about five feet from the sidewalk. It's a short distance. I also wish the homes were 12 feet apart from one another, not six). But, since I have already contracted to buy there, and I can't change the lots, I am trying to be excited about what I DO like about Mueller. But of course, anyone and everyone has a perfect right to post about what frustrates them regarding the home design, community design, and pricing at Mueller. I hope no one has the misfortune of buying home in a development they don't like. At any rate, I look forward to meeting the neighbors we do wind up having, and I know that for various reasons (of design, of price) that we will miss having a lot of very good neighbors.
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posted by atlanta hope on October 30th, 2007 9:44 AM
I'm sorry if I sound like I'm being critical but it's not meant to sound that way. I'm in Atlanta and doing all my research on the web -- it's kind of hard to get a feel for what's there and talking to people in forums like this is PERFECT. You're right. It may not be for me. I wouldn't have known unless someone like you was kind enough to tell me. I'd hate to all excited, plan a special trip to Austin SOLELY to see Mueller only to be horribly disappointed. KWIM? We did that with the Agave development. We're were totally psyched to go and see it and were totally bummed to see the railroad track, the big power lines, the ghetto near by, the sewer plant and the jail. Those are things that the Marketing people or development website WON'T tell you. I feel like that was a wasted trip -- it was expensive and a total disappointment. So now we're trying to do our research PRIOR to our visit! ;) Besides aren't you glad that people are complaining here instead of moving in and being annoying neighbors? LOL
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posted by atlanta hope on October 27th, 2007 7:17 AM
My only child is one -- so we don't know anything about schools, much less schools in Austin. We've heard that because the Austin schools are so good, they really push the students to keep the ratings high. That's a little scary. I don't want my daughter bogged down with tons of homework and feeling stressed out. So yea, the ratings may not mean much but it's the only thing we have to gauge schools since we're doing all our research via the web from Atlanta.
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posted by atlanta hope on October 25th, 2007 9:22 PM
We're moving from Atlanta and have been researching the market for a few years. We'd LOVE to live in Central Austin but had been resigned to life in the 'burbs to get more than 2,000 sq. ft with our budget. It's exciting to see that we can do Mueller. The lots seem to be small -- something I don't like but I DO like a new house that is close to all the action. I'm living in a 1915 craftsman bungalow and all I can say is MONEY PIT. These charming old houses take too much work and suck your bank acct dry. Other houses in Austin in neighborhoods we like still require work. There are loads of 70s ranches we can afford... but we'd rather get something green built and new for the same $ or a little more. I'm a little concerned about the schools. We're torn about giving Mueller a chance and hoping the new elementary is really good -- and getting a ranch fixer-upper in a good school disctrict. Decisions, decisions... I'd love to know what Phase 2 pricing is going to look like!?!
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