Gary Dinges, over on the Statesman site is reporting that Trader Joe’s, the controversial small box grocery from Pasadena California is going to be taking over the space vacated by Sak’s 5th Avenue in Northwest Austin. Everybody start freaking out right now.

We ran into a Trader Joe’s in Ohio once upon a time and left feeling bewildered. Lots of convenience foods with cute packaging but in no way comparable to a Fiesta Mart with their vast bounty of produce and meat.

Austin is awash in specialty grocers but Trader Joe’s acolytes are many in these parts.

We’re withholding judgement til we can make a more leisurely determination as to whether they’re worth a damn or not.

The Dinges piece

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