Originally Posted by seventwenty
It's a damn close perfect replacement. Out here in Boston, I have a Trader Joe's, Shaws, Stop and Shop and an Asian Market all within a 5 minute bike ride of my apartment. Which one do I frequent the most? TJs. Which one often has the cheapest prices? TJs. Granted, TJs doesn't have everything, but for my weekly groceries– Milk, OJ, bread, oatmeal, fruit, a few TV dinners, meats, veggies, snacks, etc– is has much of what I want. Now with that said, some of TJ's products aren't the tastiest– their oranges suck– but I can live with that.
Other things like toiletries or baking supplies, yeah TJs is awful at. However, for a good chunk of my groceries, it's great.
Oh yes, Shaws. I remember that place from when I lived in New Hampshire!
Same with Stop and Shop, and of course Alexander's Shop and Save as well!
Anyhow, back to the point. You're right that T-J's is a good replacement for a supermarket, but only as long as you ignore things like toiletries, general household items (cleaning/laundry), pet products, the other stuff that goes into supermarkets. And while their canned/boxed/bottled foods area is okay, it's not like they have an amazing variety of stuff. It's their prepared and frozen foods that are the best, no doubt.
edit: with reference to rds70's post. 20th/Clay? Has that project been previously mentioned around here? I don't think it has!