I went to the new Trader Joe's near ABQ Uptown today at 4 p.m. Not exactly sure why. I was nearby and guess I thought, "I wonder how absolutely, frickin' nuts it's going to be?" I'm not one to pass up a free spectacle.
The parking lot was crazy as you would expect. I saw two cars duking it out for the same space, each inching closer and closer in a game of weird Trader Joe's Parking Lot Chicken (TM); I didn't stick around to see who won. There were lots of cars circling the lot again and again. What I wonder is: what kind of troll would do so, knowing full well that their chances are limited, it's a waste of time and gas, and there was ample parking right across Uptown Blvd. behind ABQ Uptown?
Most folks were there to buy just a few things. I saw no full shopping carts, so checkout lines moved pretty quickly. You'll be glad to know the veggie and frozen food aisles are wider than at the Paseo store. Generally, the store seems bigger.
Employees were jazzed; most shoppers looked kind of dazed. I also noticed a greater number of older shoppers and non-English speakers than at the Paseo store. Definitely a more diverse neighborhood within a couple mile radius than at Paseo.
I think the apartment dwellers nearby will love the close access, if you like plastic-wrapped vegetables -- but traffic is going to be an ONGOING issue. Mark my word!
I left with a thai chicken wrap, two bottles of wine, no apparent bruises, and a visitation policy for this Trader Joe's that's the same as for Paseo: go early or go late. Did you go?