20 Surprising Things You Should Know Before Shopping At Trader Joe’s

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As anyone who’s ever visited a Trader Joe’s store will know, unconventional is the name of the game at the chain. Indeed, there’s lots that sets the brand apart from its rival supermarkets, from the quirky delicacies on offer – such as its famous cookie butter – to the Hawaiian shirts that the employees wear. But there’s also plenty you probably don’t know about the self-proclaimed “neighborhood grocery store” – like the reason for its nautical theme, for instance, or the meaning behind its mysterious golden bells.

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20. There’s a reason you can’t buy bananas by the pound

Trader Joe’s didn’t always sell individual bananas. In fact, once upon a time, it just bundled four or five of the potassium-packed fruit into one batch. One day, however, CEO Dan Bane spotted an elderly woman looking over the bananas but not buying. And when Bane asked why that was, the woman apparently responded, “Sonny, I may not live to that fourth banana.” The chain has sold the fruit individually ever since.

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19. Trader Joe’s does accept coupons

Because Trader Joe’s has a reputation for already being relatively affordable, there’s also a common misconception that it doesn’t accept any coupons. However, that’s not actually true – you can use manufacturer’s coupons there, just as with any other chain. The only difference is that Trader Joe’s doesn’t have its own store-specific coupons.

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