Trader Joe’s Holding Job Fair for New UWS Store

Upper West Siders have been waiting and waiting and waiting for Trader Joe’s to open its new location at 670 Columbus Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Streets. The latest (unofficial) word we’ve heard is that the store will open in early May.

And now the company is hiring. From April 10 to April 12, Trader Joe’s will host a job fair at the new store, 670 Columbus Avenue. They’re looking for crew members, and will be paying $15 to $20 for up to 38 hours per week. More here.

“Love to make people smile? Love to eat? All you need is a passion for people and a fervor for food. We can teach you the rest. Physically active, upbeat, positive and fun individuals are the folks we want on our Crew. A high school graduate with flexibility to work evenings and weekends is strongly preferred.”

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    1. Alex says:

      Interestingly, this is all “part-time” work. Does this affect the employees’ health care coverage (i.e., Trader Joe’s would not be obliged to offer any)?

      • Lurker says:

        Up to 38 hours per week is not necessarily part-time. Sometimes 35 hours/week can be considered full-time. Regarding health insurance, in my experience the number of hours per week required to qualify is set by the company in the contract with the health insurance company. Where I work (a M-F office environment), 30 hours per week qualifies you for medical benefits, but our regular work schedule and salaries are based on a 40 hour work week.

      • Woody says:

        Why do you care? If employees are happy to take jobs there, that’s all that matters.

        • Sarah says:

          Because people who don’t get health care through their employers ultimately end up having their health care paid for in part by you, the taxpayer. Are you so eager to give your money away to TJ’s?

          • Woody says:

            People who don’t get health care through their employers have to buy it with their own funds. But if there aren’t employers like Trader Joe’s to give them a job, then they might end up on Medicaid which is paid by the taxpayers.

    2. KatieInNY says:

      It’s beyond odd to me that I have been writing to Trader Joe’s corporate head quarters for over a DECADE to open a nice, large store here in Yorkville on the Upper East Side (we don’t need a Trader Joe’s “light” like our Whole Foods “light” – it’s teeny compared to other WholeFoods around Manhattan and guess what – we like a broad range of product lines and wider aisles here too WholeFoods) – so great for the UWS on getting another Trader Joe’s store but how about sending the Trader Joe love our way too??

      • B.B. says:

        Trader Joe’s was rumored to be taking former Food Emporium space at Second and 86th, but that never happened.

        Current *rumor* is they will take the ground floor retail whenever or if that new building goes up on corner of 86th and First, the former Gristedes.

        There just isn’t much large ground floor retail space available for any new supermarket much less a TJ’s on UES.

        TJ’s could have stepped in and taken any of the Food Emporium spaces that were vacated a few years ago due to bankruptcy, but they didn’t.

        Personally would rather have a Wegmans than TJ any day of the week. Just don’t see the appeal of the latter, but to each his or her own.

        • RF says:

          Totally agree about Wegmans! I go to Trader Joe’s once every 2-3 months for some specialty products that they do well (dry goods, nuts, frozen items) but it’s not a good substitute for an actual supermarket. Very few brand names, terrible produce, basic grocery items that they just don’t carry…between that and the crowds/long lines, TJ’s isn’t somewhere I would want to do my weekly shopping. A true, fully-stocked grocery store like Wegmans would be amazing.

      • whodoesthat? says:

        Why anyone would devote this level of energy or emotion to trying to recruit a store is beyond me. Geez.

      • Glen says:

        Did you write in German? Trade Joe’s is one of the brand names of Aldi, the German supermarket conglomerate headquartered in Essen, Germany.

      • Some West Sider says:

        KatielnNY, What you really need is an “East Side Rag” 😉

    3. John says:

      Good Gawd, let’s hope the new store lightens the crunch at West 72nd. One can only hope.

    4. Ellie S says:

      Love TJ’s❤️❤️

    5. Max Schwetzel says:

      My understanding is that Trader Joe’s offers medical inaurance to its employees. Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, and Costco treat their employees well.

    6. ST says:

      Seems like we’ve been waiting for this store to open forever. They opening has been pushed back so much, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    7. 92nd Street says:

      It was good knowing you Dagostino, happy trails

    8. Russell says:

      Though I love TJs (the store and its products), the anarchy at 72 St makes me stay away. People drop their baskets and then scurry about to grab an item, drop it in the basket, scoot it forward and repeat and repeat. I really find it amazingly rude.
      So I am a Fairway loyalist. No one pulls that kinda crap at Fairway. 🙂

      • dannyboy says:

        I consider intentionally doing that to be Antisocial Behavior.

        Another dent in our community.

      • Sean says:

        You must shop in Fairway with your eyes closed.

      • rocketman says:

        Totally agree. People’s behavior in TJ’s at 72nd is abhorrent. Never understood why people can’t catch on to shopping the internal aisles first, getting in the long line, and then shopping the perimeter as they progress along in the line. I’m a rocket scientist so maybe that’s why I figured it out…

      • Cato says:

        I abandoned Trader Joe’s for much the same reason (along with the ridiculous lines just to get in). The rudeness is outrageous.

      • Klesko says:

        This is the only way to shop at Trader Joes on the UWS. You have to pick your items while in line. It’s an understood chaos…

      • joe says:

        Nobody drops an empty basket in the line as they enter and then start shopping. People shop and then get on line, and only then add to their basket from the shelves along the line (generally, the meat, cheese and fruit/veggies) as they move forward. Its been common practice from the start.

        • UWSHebrew says:

          Joe there have been times I’ve been on line at TJ’s at 72nd and a person with a shopping cart will abandon the cart, and shop at the other side, or other end of the store. It tends to be middle-aged women who do this. Really disgusting, but I’ve given up on society since the advent of people talking on their phones anywhere, everywhere, loudly. Ever been on a train or at the post office and someone is on their phone using the speaker? In a foreign language? I need some chocolate after that!

      • Aud says:

        I think you’ve missed the the point of the store layout at TJ’s. One shops on the right side of the line as one heads to the register. It makes no sense to first shop and then try to get to the back of the line, heading the wrong way into traffic. We move each others carts and baskets forward until the owner catches up. No big deal except for sourpusses and complainers.

      • lynn says:

        If the customers at TJ’s are anarchists, then what do you call the customers at Fairway who ram people with their carts in a rush to get through the aisles and into the line? And I’m not talking about little old ladies and mothers with kids…I’m talking about grown men who are annoyed that anyone is pushing their cart less than 5 mph.

      • Woody says:

        I would force them to the back of the line. Or remove items from their baskets each time they walk away.

        • dannyboy says:

          But what if they were just going back for the one item they forgot?

          Report the “lost” basket to the police?

    9. restless westsider says:

      I have to ask, I’m seeing a rumor that the store will have Two-Buck Chuck and other wines/spirits. I thought NYC didn’t allow stores to have more than one location that sold alcohol (aside from beer) so what changed?

      Source of the rumor:

    10. jerry says:

      I disagree with Russel. I shop at both, and find the people at Fairway perfunctory, while those who staff TJS’s are almost universally courteous and helpful.

      • dannyboy says:


        (of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection.


        • Intrepid Neighbor says:

          Rudeness is the norm at Fairway on Broadway. Customers with strollers 3-wide, folks in a rush who will run others over and most staff who never heard the term “customer service.” My wife refuses to ever shop there.

          Sure Trader Joe doesn’t carry lots of branded staples. But Fairway is replacing lots of popular brand items with its own packaged items of inferior quality.