|You'll see plenty of signs at Trader Joe's, 404 Route 17 north in Paramus, above and below, but few of them tell you where to find the item you are looking for.|
|I had a longer shopping list than usual, so I found myself walking in circles and encountering other shoppers who also were lost. A sure way to find what you are looking for is to ask an employee, if you can find one.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
I like shopping at Trader Joe's in Paramus only when I have a few things to buy, including organic sweet potatoes, antibiotic-free cold cuts and hot dogs, and 100% vegetable juices.
But on Tuesday, my list had swelled to more than a dozen items after I received Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer in the mail.
The booklet is filled with superlatives, making almost everything the store sells sound like the best in the world.
I've bought Trader Joe's packaged and prepared food that didn't live up to the hype, but hope springs eternal.
Still, the store was crowded on Tuesday, and I found myself walking in circles through narrow aisles, only finding some items when I asked an employee to show me were they were located.
In the case of the Smoked Peppered Mackerel on my list (6 ounces for a pricey $4.49), one of the Trader Joe's workers checked the computer in the back of the store, and told me it was out of stock.
Maybe it's time for this popular Trader Joe's to expand into the space left vacant by the closing of the Office Depot next door.
|Trader Joe's Organic French Baguette is baked in Canada ($1.99). It doesn't equal the $2 baguette sold in the retail store of Balthazar Bakery in Englewood.|
|"Veggie Patties Loaded with Veggies" is how Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer describes Carrot & Pea Vegetable Patties and Cauliflower & Broccoli Vegetable Patties, both made in Italy. For $1.99, you get 4 patties weighing a total of 7 ounces.|
|I slice each baguette into four pieces for sandwiches, and store them in the freezer.|
|A 3-pound bag of Colombian Supremo medium-roast coffee beans worked out to only about $5.20 a pound, and you can grind them in a coffee mill in the Hackensack warehouse, below.|
|The Costco Business Center carries about 30 percent of the consumer items stocked in the larger Teterboro warehouse, but 5-gallon tubs of soy sauce isn't one of them.|