Trader Joe’s founder Joe Coulombe died at the age of 89 on Friday.
Coulombe opened the first Trader Joe’s in Pasadena in 1967; the chain eventually grew into over 500 stores in 40 states. The store’s ubiquity and progressive employee policies led many to respond to Coulombe’s death on social media, cementing the reach of his legacy — and how rare it is to see the leader of a big company praised in times like these.
My best friend was 18 and had just started his job at Trader Joe’s when his single dad passed away. Had it not been for that job with decent pay and health benefits for even part time employees I don’t know what happens to him. ~15 years later he still works there RIP Trader Joe
— LyricalDota (@LyricalDota) February 29, 2020
RIP Trader Joe I raise a glass of two buck Chuck in your honor.
— Steve Perkins (@steveperkinsjr) February 29, 2020
Trader Joe’s is like the most modern old-fashioned food market you can go to, and it plays that aesthetic so perfectly, especially as to further its point of the quality stock they have there.
I’ll never forget those cream puffs they sold. Those were the best I’ve ever tasted. https://t.co/KkzVG2qdxO
— Kevin H. Costa (Carlinal) (@HCarlinal) February 29, 2020
Trader Joe’s is where I go when I’m lonely and need some human interaction bc they’re required to be nice to me. RIP Trader Joe.
— .:RiotGrl:. (@RiotGrlErin) February 29, 2020
RIP Trader Joe ❤️. You set the standard for excellent customer service 💯, unique & delicious products 😋, & caring about the customer’s wallets 💵.
— Meggie (@niknackpaddywak) February 29, 2020
RIP Trader Joe, you really froze some fucking cauliflower and put it in a bag
— self partner (@magickpartner) February 29, 2020
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