Friday, September 7, 2012 , Updated 9:59 a.m., September 7, 2012
UPDATED: Mapping your trip inside the new Trader Joe’s in Plano
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PLANO The opening of Trader Joe's in Plano on Friday morning means that DFW now has two of the specialty SoCal grocery stores. (The other is in Fort Worth.) Whether you stood in the long line Friday morning or are waiting for crowds to die down in the next few weeks, there are likely some Trader Joe's items you're on the hunt for.
Here’s a cheat sheet of where to find some of the most coveted foods from the front door, including several of the most popular items, as suggested by store captain Don O'Connor:
Two-Buck Chuck: Take an immediate left and head straight toward the wall on the north side of the store.
What is it? Two-Buck Chuck is Trader Joe's special line of wines for $2.99. It's loved for its low price and relative drinkability.
Sample station: Straight ahead, through the produce, at the end of the store.
What is it? The place where foodies can grab free samples and ideas for what to cook for dinner.
Kettle Corn Cookies: Take an immediate left, then take a right in the frozen foods aisle. The Kettle Corn Cookies are on the right above the frozen foods.
What is it? Just like it sounds: Cookies made with kettle corn. Yum.
Joe-Joe’s: Walk straight ahead from the front door, past the produce, and at the end of the first aisle, take an immediate left. Joe-Joe's are on the endcap.
What is it? These TJ's-only cookies come in vanilla with vanilla filling, chocolate with chocolate filling, or chocolate with vanilla filling. During the holidays, they sell mint-flavored Joe-Joe's and chocolate dipped Joe-Joe's.
Frozen foods: Take an immediate left, and the frozen foods section is in the middle of the store.
What is it? Frozen foods fall under quirky Trader Joe’s sub-labels like Trader Giotto for Italian items and Trader Ming’s for Chinese food. "We really work hard on our authentic flavors, like Indian," said O'Connor.
Hummus: Walk straight in the front door, and the hummus is on the right on the refrigerated section halfway down the wall.
What is it? Trader Joe's carries a variety of hummus products, but the Sun-dried Tomato Hummus Dip is a personal favorite. The spinach/kale dip is also popular.
Cookie Butter: Take an immediate left, and before the Two-Buck Chuck, the Cookie Butter will be on an endcap.
What is it? Cookie Butter is a spread that tastes like cookies and can be used on pancakes or ice cream. It's $2.99.
Dried Roasted Seaweed Snack: Walk straight ahead, and it will be on your left in the first aisle.
What is it? This 99 cent snack is a popular item at Trader Joe's, said O'Connor, because it's low-calorie and inexpensive. They also carry a wasabi flavor.
UPDATE: Here's video from opening day: