Trader Joe's, headquartered in Monrovia, California, originated in Pasadena, California in 1967. Operations were extended into Arizona in 1993, the Pacific Northwest in 1995 and the Eastern United States in 1996. Today, the chain operates three hundred and sixty- five American stores. Sizes average from between 8,000 and 15,000 square feet. These so-called "neighborhood groceries" carry gourmet, organic and vegan foods along with exotic frozen foods. The chain is also known for its excellent selection of wines. Eighty percent of all merchandise is sold under one of Trader Joe's many house brands.
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Ventura, California's PACIFIC VIEW MALL and its 14,500 square foot Trader Joe's market. The store commenced operation June 13, 2011...the mall dates back to 1964. Trader Joe's stores are usually freestanding or located in small strip plazas. The few mall-based operations are AT-MALL in format. They are not mallway-accessed...but are mall-connected with outside entrances or, in this case, situated in -or as- a peripheral structure.