Trader Joe's Profile

Founded in 1958, Trader Joe’s is a privately held chain of grocery stores with over 460 outlets in the United States.

The company offers a range of own-label wine and spirits; around 80% of all of the store’s products are branded ‘Trader Joe’s’. It has sold a wide range of Scotch whisky, ranging from sub-$10 blended Scotch to 12- and 18-year-old single malt expressions. In 2016, it released two vintage expressions of Scotch: a 2002 Speyside and a 2003 Highland.

Trader Joe's History

The company was founded in 1958 by Joe Coulombe in Los Angeles, but did not become Trader Joe’s until 1967. The name change, as well as the new South Seas-inspired branding, was in response to the growth of Tiki culture and the changing taste of Americans in the onset of the jet age. More Americans were acquiring a taste for exotic food while holidaying overseas, but local grocery stores did not cater for these new preferences.

In 1979, Theo Albrecht of Aldi Nord bought the company as a personal investment for his family. Growth continued and, by 2001, Trader Joe’s operated 156 stores in 15 states.


Trader Joe's
800 S Shamrock Avenue
United States
+1 626 599 3700

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