West Seattle Trader Joe’s: First ‘signage’ sighting

February 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Trader Joe's | 27 Comments

First sighting of signage at the almost-ready West Seattle Trader Joe’s (4545 Fauntleroy Way SW) – ‘now accepting applications’ and ‘now hiring’ banners. Though neither wants to be identified, two sources reiterate to WSB that April 13th continues to be the target opening date.

12:51 P.S. – The jobs are NOT yet listed on the TJ’s website (though you can download a generic company job application) – driving by a second time, we noticed a small posting next to the banner, so we’re going over to see what it says. (If anybody from TJ’s sees this – the WSB Forums offer free listings for West Seattle jobs – available to any business, as long as the job is IN West Seattle – go here.)

2:40 PM UPDATE
: The smaller sign says they’re taking applications Mondays-Fridays, 7 am-5 pm, and a hand-lettered sign next to it adds that you should apply at the trailer in the parking lot by the future main entry. Phone number is also posted: 206-496-9884.

27 Comments

  1. Can’t wait!! :O)

    Comment by RP — 12:42 pm February 29, 2012 #

  2. Whoop whoop!! Bring it on!

    Comment by Im a Trader — 12:44 pm February 29, 2012 #

  3. Yipee!
    Do they have a parking garage? I’m imagining people parking at Cycle University and crossing Fauntleroy, eeks.

    Comment by ad — 12:56 pm February 29, 2012 #

  4. AD – not underground but there is parking on the roof – drive by slowly and look carefully along 39th SW (right across from The Hole) and you’ll see it. When we went downtown to look at the plan file at city HQ last year, it mentioned some customers would park there:
    .
    http://westseattleblog.com/2011/02/west-seattle-trader-joes-progress-report-since-you-asked

    Comment by WSB — 1:10 pm February 29, 2012 #

  5. “…as long as the job is IN West Seattle – go here.” Go where?

    Comment by PSPS — 1:14 pm February 29, 2012 #

  6. There’s a crosswalk right there.. is it really that scary and difficult to cross the street?

    Comment by realist — 1:15 pm February 29, 2012 #

  7. Sorry, sidetracked. That’ll be a link to the “jobs offered” section of the WSB Forums in a minute. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 1:24 pm February 29, 2012 #

  8. WSB – Thanks for the info.

    Realist – I have no problem with crossing roads myself (I do it safely for myself and for drivers), however I am referring to the type who dilly-dally, jaywalk and create dangerous situations on arterial roads. I’ve seen many people not use a crosswalk if they have to walk half a block (for example, in front of the vehicle licensing on California Ave.) Hopefully it will not be a issue!

    Comment by ad — 1:39 pm February 29, 2012 #

  9. Anyone know where to give a printed out application to? Because like it says in the article, no listings on their website yet. But where do we take printed apps if the store isn’t open yet?

    Comment by Nick — 1:58 pm February 29, 2012 #

  10. I’m running over there right now to squint at the posting on the fence.

    Comment by WSB — 1:59 pm February 29, 2012 #

  11. Not a big fan but could us a job, unreal man, today just got a lot better, just unreal.

    Comment by Bret barnecal — 2:09 pm February 29, 2012 #

  12. Good luck to all the TJ job seekers! I probably won’t shop there too much, BUT I really appreciate the jobs they are bringing. And that corner most certainly looks better – even with the “unique” store facade;)

    Comment by westseattledood — 3:00 pm February 29, 2012 #

  13. I really dislike Trader Joe’s and wish they would stay out of West Seattle. They’re owned by a german conglomerate and really have crappy product. They’re a yuppie walmart.

    Comment by duder — 5:21 pm February 29, 2012 #

  14. why would you not shop there?

    Comment by denise — 8:47 pm February 29, 2012 #

  15. Because he chooses not to?

    Comment by Rick — 9:00 pm February 29, 2012 #

  16. Can’t wait for TJ’s to open!

    Comment by Bonnie — 9:47 pm February 29, 2012 #

  17. @duder- LOL what you work for a competing grocery store? As for ‘crappy product’ they private label tons of stuff that is carried at Whole Foods and other stores. Some of the stuff isn’t even private labeled. As for the ‘Walmart’ comparison, they are like them in the fact that they try to make deals with suppliers to private label stuff and keep the prices low, but that is about it. However they are nothing like Walmart in how they pay their employees, treat their suppliers (please search on how Walmart screwed over Rubbermaid in Wooster, OH- they basically crushed them and those good jobs and then did business with the foreign company who bought the machinery for pennies on the dollar. All pretty unnecessarily just to get the goods a few cents cheaper to help build that Walmart stock price. The goods were selling, that wasn’t the problem.) Trader Joe’s is a good addition to WS.

    Comment by T. — 7:09 am March 1, 2012 #

  18. More haters = more parking spaces! Yippee!

    Comment by hey lady — 7:23 am March 1, 2012 #

  19. T – the Walmart story that has always stuck with me is the pickle tale:
    http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/77/walmart.html

    Comment by WSB — 7:57 am March 1, 2012 #

  20. @Denise-TJ has a history of not advocating for the most basic of safe working conditions for those that work in the fields picking food products. The fact that they can make 2,3,4 buck wine comes at a cost to someone. For the past couple of years the United Farm workers has documented many cases of unsafe working conditions and even death at the farms that TJ either owns itself or is the main buyer from. I refuse to support a company that doesn’t offer basic safe guards such as water to ensure 17 year olds don’t die from heat exhaustion.

    Comment by Neighbor — 8:42 am March 1, 2012 #

  21. I am so happy to see that I am not the only one that will not shop in a Trader Joe. And to add to the nightmare of the products they sell, take a look at where the fish comes from, which is clearly marked on the frozen packaging. Farmed fish from Vietnam is very well documented to be very unsafe to eat. Good luck, TJ patrons. You better be thankful that soon you will be able to buy health insurance from the US Government, because you will need it in your future.

    Comment by NotMe — 10:04 am March 1, 2012 #

  22. Neighbor– TJ’s doesn’t do business with any vender that doesn’t fully comply with ALL health, safety and labor laws… The tomato situation is not accurate at all. TJ’s doesn’t deal with third parties, but has exceeded all the laborers demands with a direct contract paying living wages. All of that is spelled out on their website. As for fish, it seems to be an industry-wide issue, which TJ’s has resolved to go all sustainable by 2013 I believe… Just trying to set the record straight… Obviously it is a corporation trying to make profits…It keeps its prices low by cutting out the middle man, not by cutting out the workers’ or the laborers’ paychecks… not many other companies offer health insurance and vacation time for part time work…

    Comment by J — 7:44 pm March 2, 2012 #

  23. That’s pretty cool that they are going to go all sustainable fish by 2013. I would like to see more places committing to this. Does your grocery store sell swordfish? Atlantic farmed salmon?

    This is a great store to buy things like olives, crackers, imported cheese, pasta sauce, and beer and wine.

    I appreciate that they never have sales. They never have customer tracking loyalty cards. They don’t have yo-yo pricing. I wish more stores would wake up and simply commit to providing good value without playing yo-yo pricing games.

    Comment by TMW — 8:32 am March 5, 2012 #

  24. TMW, that last point is an excellent one I’d never really thought of before. Particularly the “loyalty cards.” I avoid them, and as a result, avoid the corporate supermarket chains around here that do use them – if you see a discounted price for cardholders, it makes it feel as if you’re being penalized by being made to pay a higher “regular” price. Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and WS Thriftway don’t have them. PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor), where we bought a co-op membership 20 years ago, has a benefit here and there if you use your card, but it’s not required for “sale” prices. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:41 am March 5, 2012 #

  25. I love Met market. but the prices… really..

    Comment by denise — 9:14 pm March 7, 2012 #

  26. Notme. where do you shop?

    Comment by denise — 9:16 pm March 7, 2012 #

  27. My phone number is tied to some other persons Safeway card. It amuses me that they call me by someone elses name at the end of each checkout. I don’t use Safeway gas, so hopefully whoever’s account uses my home number is getting some great deals on fuel. I just like the ‘club’ rate on products I buy.
    .
    It’s all for marketing purposes anyhow, just skewing their analysis a little for them.

    Comment by Mike — 10:17 pm March 8, 2012 #

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