Shreveport-Bossier is Proof That If You Ask, They Will Come.

The perfect example is Lululemon, whose "pop-up" shop became a permanent storefront. We begged for a Torchy's and we got one. The point is If we get something we love in Shreveport-Bossier we support it. Don't you think there are other businesses that could come into town and make us all even happier than we are?

I am a huge fan of Whole Foods, I always purchase 365 products, however, if you are not careful that price at the checkout line gets insane.

There Is One Place I Love to Shop and It Never Breaks the Bank.

Trader Joe's Opens Its First Store In New York City
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Trader Joe's Never Disappoints Even at the Check Out Line, It's Affordable.

I love Trader Joe's. The coffee selection, the hummus, the cookie butter, so many delicious items, and most of the time I am shocked at the checkout line. I am convinced it's going to be super expensive and then my bank account gives me the green light when the total comes up.

Trader Joe's is always a win. I am sick of having to drive to Little Rock or Dallas just to be able to shop at Trader Joe's

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There's a Facebook group in Shreveport dedicated to bringing Trader Joe's to the SBC. Did you know all we have to do is request a Trader Joe's? Many community groups are trying to band together to make it happen, including several members from the South Highlands neighborhood. You can fill out a request to bring Trader Joe's by clicking here.

The question remains, is it that easy? Can we just ask and it happens?

Unfortunately no. I did a little more research on bringing Trader Joe's to Shreveport-Bossier. The Morning Call spoke to Trader Joe's and what they look for in a community.  It was disheartening to hear that Trader Joe's is super picky where they decide to set up shop. The article described Trader Joe’s as "a chain that hits its numbers and doesn’t sacrifice its famed culture as it expands.".

Trader Joe's doesn't skip over numbers. They are very selective and the poverty rate in Shreveport-Bossier might be what's holding the company back from coming here. They look at median household incomes, education, population, and the labor force. Considering the fact that so many places here in Shreveport-Bossier are begging for people to come to work it's not looking like it's in our favor.

Shreveport's Poverty Rate is Just Too High For Trader Joe to Even Look Our Way.

According to, the average household income in Shreveport is $62,756 with a poverty rate of 24.86%. Our numbers may not look too desirable to a company like Trader Joe's.

Don't Let Trader Joe's Expectations Deter You.

We need to keep working on ourselves and hopefully one day Trader Joe's will love us enough one day to give us a chance to prove that we will keep them in business and help them thrive. Trader Joe's let us love you, please.

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