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Whole Foods or Trader Joe's: We have voice, let it be heard!!


I just blogged about Hi-Lo closing.

I'm curious, which would you rather, Whole Food or Trader Joe's or what alternatives would you suggest?

How would this benefit our community and who would it hurt?

If we feel strongly about this, we can weigh in. Before we do, we need to carefully take into who our who really represents - and work to ensure all voices are heard. 


This post was edited to after feedback from the comments at 7:38 pm. 


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Comment by Danny on January 14, 2011 at 8:06pm

Dave I think whole foods is a better fit. The Hi lo smelt like rotting meat. It was like BLDG 19 3/4 selling day old meat. 

I think once Whole foods goes in then a new hip Bela Luna will be able to open and eventually Hyde sq will be hopping again 

and good for the guy selling it is America 

Comment by Anna Sandoval on January 14, 2011 at 8:05pm

I think what is coming to light in this conversation is that different groups have different needs in terms of foods. We is this blog are a small group speaking about the possibility between getting TJ and WF. The fact of the matter is that Whole Foods has not made this official but Hi-Lo is closing.

I am sad because where am I going to find these ingredients:

Banana leaves for tamales

Corn husks for chuchitos

Pan dulce

Queso fresco


Tomatillos to make sauce for enchiladas


Maseca (yellow corn flour) to make tortillas

I wonder what the stock people at Whole foods will say when I ask for my banana leaves or corn husks to roll some tamales, hahahaha.

Comment by Anna Sandoval on January 14, 2011 at 8:01pm
@ Dave I started feeling it when the pupusa guanaca closed down. Oh how I loved that place, plus I always got my food first 'cuase I spoke the lingo :) - (but I get that they tax issues and everyone should pay taxes I'm just saying I miss their food and they had amazing platanos)
Comment by Sheila on January 14, 2011 at 7:59pm
@ Dave, I agree on the "offer they couldnt refuse" - and good for them!!!!!!!!!!!!! As it should be!
Comment by Colleen on January 14, 2011 at 7:59pm
Trader Joes
Comment by Meg Abramowitz on January 14, 2011 at 7:57pm
Whole Foods. We have a few places here in JP similar to Trader Joe's that do a great job for a fill-in shop for natural and organic products (harvest, city feed). Whole foods would be the only place to do a full shop, plus the only full service butcher and fish store, which I assume they would have.  Maybe someone local could step up and take the space, like a full grocery store version of City Feed. But while Whole Food prices are high, I still think it would be hard for someone local to match them on fresh grocery prices with similar assortment and quality.
Comment by Catherine Niedzwiecki on January 14, 2011 at 7:56pm
Trader Joe's. Whole Foods is way over priced.
Comment by Dave on January 14, 2011 at 7:54pm
@Anna S: You are correct in that it's another part of the systemic dismantling of the Latin Quater.
Comment by Dave on January 14, 2011 at 7:53pm

I'm very sad for the Hi Lo. This is a significant blow to many of a lower socioeconomic status. Where will people with WIC who rely on Hi Lo go? Where will the thousands of Latinos who have shopped there for so many years go? Where will we get water bread!? Does this exemplify the shift of JP into the New South End™? 

But, since they're going anyway. I vote for a Trader Joes as I think Whole Paycheck is just the pits. :( 


Also - to some of the other posters: They're not going out of business for lack of business. They got an "offer they couldn't refuse"... The owners got a huge cash lease offer. That store does TONS of business. I should know, I live next door and see it all day. 

Comment by Matt on January 14, 2011 at 7:53pm

I'm a little sad about Hi-Lo since they had unique produce and spices, but it also a store that smells like rancid meat. Multiple times I bought something only to find it to be moldy or expired when I got home. It would have been nice for them to have a well-maintained store with great product all the time, but that really wasn't the case.  Even the positive reviews for it on mention these downsides.

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