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A store manager weighs in.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
May 26, 2018

We love Trader Joe's, but you best come prepared with a good book for the notoriously long checkout lines. Or so we thought. It turns out, there's a time of day when you'll likely beat the crowds and get out faster than you can say hot & sweet pepper jelly.

So when is this magical hour? In a 2016 Redddit Ask Me Anything thread, a Trader Joe's "mate," their delightful term for manager, not only shared the time of day, but spilled the best days of the week as well.

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"Tuesday, Wednesday are the best days. Early morning is best time. I think it's hilarious people go on Sunday and complain that we are so busy," the manager notes. "Right when we open is honestly the best time to go. We get fresh produce in every morning so you can get the best products, and some stuff actually will sell out for the day around 2-4pm, including perishable and non-perishable items."

Looks like we found our excuse to cancel that Tuesday morning workout class.