Menifee Residents Seek Help in Making a Pitch for a Trader Joe's Store in Town

City officials aren't the only ones trying to attract new businesses to Menifee. A group of resi...

City officials aren't the only ones trying to attract new businesses to Menifee. A group of residents have started a campaign to bring to town a Trader Joe's market.

Trader Joe's, which provides specialty food items in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, is popular with shoppers seeking healthy alternatives to processed foods. The nearest Trader Joe's story is in Temecula, which isn't close enough for some Menifee residents, including Mandy DeMuth.

DeMuth and several of her friends and co-workers have gone on the Trader Joe's website to request a store location in Menifee. She hopes that by getting enough local residents to request a Trader Joe's location here, it may one day become reality.

"The nearest three stores -- Winchester Road in Temecula, Corona and Riverside -- are too far for my 77-year-old mom to drive," DeMuth said in an email. "My mom shared with her fellow citizens this link to try to let Trader Joe's know that we're here and want a store built locally -- but most of the senior community are not computer savvy. Please help me spread the potential of bringing Trader Joe's locally."

DeMuth said she and her mother prefer to shop at Trader Joe's "because of the quality products, pre-prepared portions and customer service for the value ... We like the choice of fresh items that are quick for me or easy for her. Gluten free, fat free and low sodium products are simple for us to identify there."

She says the parking lot at the Temecula store is small and crowded and that even that drive is sometimes too much for her mother. She urges residents to request a Menifee location for Trader Joe's by visiting the store's webpage here...

Menifee city council member Sue Kristjansson is also a proponent of a Trader Joe's store in Menifee.

"Trader Joe's would be a great addition to our city," Kristjansson said. "It's a great specialty store that has products not necessarily available in traditional grocery stores.

"We absolutely need to encourage businesses to come to Menifee. We have a fantastic city and these businesses are sure to thrive in this environment."

The Trader Joe's "location request" page listed through the above link allows residents to list their name, contact information, city for which a Trader Joe's is requested and any comments the person would like to make.


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  1. I'm all for a Trader Joe's; how about a theater too?

  2. A Trader Joe's would be nice, but so would a THEATER!

  3. Trader Joe's is okay, but don't we really need other businesses first? How about a Theater first, gives us all (including teenagers/young adults too) something to do. What about a truck stop for all the truckers that live here and near by? How about commerical and manufacturing plants so all those that now drive hours and hours just to get to a job. Trader Joe's is a speciality store and to ME, its way down the list of what we SHOULD be bringing to Menifee. I'm actually surprised that Sue isn't seeing a bigger picture. We have two farmers market, one on Friday in Sun City, the other on Sunday at San Jacinto College, a big one in Temecula if you want fresh fruit and veggies how about supporting the farmers that grow these fresh products and shop at one of these?

  4. Dear Anonymous and other skeptics,
    Get out and take a drive around - your truck stop is already in progress, Sketchers has built a manufacturing facility near by and March is now a GLOBALport! All the things you seek are coming - but the construction is not "booming" at this time - we do, however, have places to put a Trader Joes and a theater. Thing is, if we let these store fronts stay empty - it impacts us ALL... at 77, you probably wont feel like fighting the heat to find a piece of fruit either. If we did have more manufacturing "plants" in the area, it could cause pollution - just like the compost yard in Romoland - you cant have a house with in 4 miles of that with out experiencing the gut wrenching stench that comes from part of your "bigger picture" - be careful what you wish for. When your employed, you appreciate things that are simple and trustworthy - to us, this is Trader Joes - it's small enough she can get right in and right out. We wanted to share the ability to communicate to the store that we're here and we wish to bring them business. If there's a store or something that you wish to bring locally - do as we did - petition your friends and family, and if your lucky, someone like Menifee 24/7 will hear you too & also share your desire. Good luck!

  5. Trader Joe's would be nice. A Costco would be nicer and bring significantly more revenue to the city.
    As far a a theater goes, I don't see the need for it considering the digital media formats available today. I for one prefer the peace and quiet of watching a movie in my own home. No kids talking on their cell phones, texting, etc.

  6. I live in Sun City and detest going to Temecula to shop for groceries. MY WHOLE FAMILY loves Trader Joe's. Every time I do go to the Temecula TJs I say, "I wish they'd build one in Menifee." So, I vote for a Trader Joe's -- and a theater would be nice for the kids...there's not really a lot for them to do here in Menifee.

  7. to 6:51p The last I looked March is in Moreno Valley,NOT menifee! You were NOT clear where exactly is this truck stop, I do drive around I haven't seen any signs of one being built, from what I've observed they park their trucks near Taco bell off Ethanac Rd in a empty lot. Is it in Menifee, then where? Oh pls 77 is your excuse for not planting your own garden, I'm not saying we can't have a Traders Joe, I stated it shouldn't be a priortity, Yes, Indeed I 'want' manufacturing here and commericial building here! You have young ppl every day living here who have to drive hours on our freeways to work.Why shouldn't they be able to drive 10 minutes to work? You're retired and apparently have lots of time on hands,so go plant a garden! You dig a hole and put a seed in it.simple! Am I going to fight for these things, you bet,do I wish for them, of course! You knew when you moved here about dairy farms, pollution, its been here for years, your mistake was not doing your homework. I hope you do get your traders joe...eventually.

  8. I just recommended 2 sites, the former Blockbuster store on Bradley/Newport and the former Alberstons store on Newport/Muiretta. These locations will also bring residents (and their $$) from the cities of Canyon Lake,Lake Elsinore, and Muiretta. As for bringing manufacturing & theaters to Menifee - everyone doesn't have the network required for those ventures. BUT if we ALL do what we can in our areas of influence THEN we will see good things happens for Menifee. Be positive, negitivity is very draining and not productive.

  9. Irene Martin (resident since 2003)June 24, 2012 10:19 AM

    I love the idea of a movie theater & any other businesses that will keep Menifee residents like me from having to drive all over the place for entertainment & food varieties. I commute just under 90 mi. For work (round trip) & I absolutely would love to avoid going into the other cities for things we could & should have here in Menifee! Lets keep our $ in our city.

  10. Trader Joes is cheap, good quality food. Why not encourage a business that has good practices, for itself and the environment? A good quality grocery store would be beneficial to everyone!

  11. How about a bowling alley? with a snack bar for the younger ones and parents to go to? It can fit into the old Albertsons!! Fun too! Just a thought. Anybody like that idea? There can be leagues and bring the community together.

  12. Trader Joes or a Sprouts/Henrys. We need a grocery store with more organic and fresh locally grown vegetables. We have lots of elders and people with cancer and various diseases that need better, fresher, organic fruits veggies. Also many of these stores have a little coffee, lunch area which would be a draw as well.