Arkansas’ first Trader Joes is as great as expected

Trader Joe’s officially opened Oct. 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. (photo courtesy of arkansasonline.com)

Trader Joe’s officially opened Oct. 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and if you’re as crazy about health food stores as I am, then you’re probably freaking out. In Arkansas, my favorites are Whole Foods and Fresh Market, but Trader Joes has always been my favorite stop while traveling through different parts of the United States. 

Trader Joe’s is located on Financial Centre Parkway in Little Rock. While this Trader Joe’s is the first one in Arkansas, it is a little bit smaller than the other Trader Joe’s I have visited. While that is disappointing, the only section that seems to be a little smaller is the liquor section. 

The staff is kind, and the products look like the same good-quality Trader Joe's-approved inventory. Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and The Fresh Market all have quality and specialty health food products. While they have the reputation of being overpriced places to shop, they are simply just better quality. 

I don’t know about you, but every time I walk into a Walmart, I have a burning desire to get what I need and leave as soon as possible. There is nothing that makes me want to shop around longer than I have to. Grocery shopping is not something that anyone thinks of as a fun use of time. 

It’s not that I want every single thing I do to be an exciting experience, but it is nice to know it’s possible to have an enjoyable time while shopping. Of course, Trader Joe’s isn’t going to be a fun attraction, but it does have a calming vibe when you walk in because of the kind staff and other people like you trying to buy some healthy food.

The way the store is organized is aesthetically pleasing, but, of course, the most important thing is the content that the store carries. The Trader Joe's store in Little Rock has all of the basic must-have items such as Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Trader Joe's Peanut Butter — which is heaven sent — and all of the buddha bowls you could dream of.

 

Trader Joe's products are, for the most part, high quality and cost efficient based off of common meals you could buy from Whole Foods or The Fresh Market. These products are healthier than your average Kroger and Walmart approved products, and their produce seems to be fresher. The store overall seems to have less of a chance of shoppers seeing sub-par or rotten produce on display. 

While I love that Trader Joe’s is finally in Arkansas, my biggest disappointment is that it is not in Conway. Actually, one of the biggest disappointments in this college-centric city is that there is not a single health food store in sight. It may be sad that there is not a Trader Joe's store right down the street at prime convenience, but I do believe that it is worth the 30-minute drive on the freeway to get your Trader Joe’s fix. 

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