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Will Harbor Greens and Trader Joe's Compete For The Same Customers?

Both are specialty grocery stores that offer items you won't be able to find elsewhere in University Place, but will they compete for the same customer base when Harbor Greens opens next year? Tell us, Patch users.

University Place has been buzzing the past week over the news that Harbor Greens Market is coming to town in 2013.

Patch users overwhelmingly supported the Gig Harbor-based store crossing the Narrows in our unscientific poll. True, only 14 people voted, but you get the point.

But the news got us thinking. Harbor Greens is a great store with loyal customers and hard-to-find goods.

You know what else is a good store with loyal customers and hard-to-find goods? Trader Joe's, which is located at Green Firs shopping center, less than a mile from where Harbor Greens will open at Bridgeport Way and 27th Street West.

They're both specialty grocery stores. Both sell great wines. Harbor Greens has a full-service deli while Trader Joe's has an endless array of dried goods.

Trader Joe's has already proven it can attract customers outside of University Place, while Harbor Greens has a following that stretches beyond Gig Harbor.

With so many similarities and seemingly similar shoppers, we're wondering if Harbor Green and Trader Joe's will be competing for the same customers.

Now, we want to hear from you, Patch users, whether you think Trader Joe's and Harbor Greens will compete for the same customers once the latter opens next year. Tell us in the comments below, and don't forget about the conversation on our Facebook page.

Mary B October 29, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Price - point-wise you will get better bargains and prices at Trader Joe's
Vanessa Zumwalt October 30, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I am very happy that UP has its own Trader Joe's. I will, of course, check out Harbor Greens but doubt that I will convert completely to one store or the other. There is also H&J Produce in Lakewood that gets my business. Whichever store I happen to be closest to, at the moment, will be my selected store. "Spread the wealth" is my motto.
Brent Champaco October 30, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Just got this from a user: "I believe they are somewhat similar, but both very unique in their own way. As you mentioned, Harbor Greens is more of a fresh produce, deli type of store, with wine/beer and some packaged products. Trader Joes is more like a grocery store, with a lot more packaged products, along with some produce and wine/beer. I will probably frequent Harbor Greens, more because of their choices in produce, and deli options. However, Trader Joes still have some of my favorite things"
Brent Champaco October 30, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Thanks, Mary. Good point.
Brent Champaco October 30, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I like the philosophy, Vanessa. We aren't robots programmed to a certain store.

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