Folsom, California, USA - October 19, 2011: Storefront view of a Trader Joe's grocery store with parked cars and shoppers going in and out.  Trader Joe's is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores .The first Trader Joe's store opened in Pasadena, California in 1967 and today there are over 360 stores in 29 states.
The Sweet Scavenger Hunt Built Into Every Trader Joe's
By Crystal Antonace
In 2018 and 2019, Trader Joe's surpassed popular supermarkets, including Aldi and Whole Foods, in Dunnhumby's annual retailer preference index survey based on cost savings and customer loyalty. The popular grocer also has many other characteristics that set it apart from other national retailers, including a scavenger hunt just for kids.
The employees of this highly popular supermarket hide a special stuffed animal within the store perimeter for kids to find. Whether this crab or duck is tucked in front of a bag of chips or hanging from the rafters above those bottles of $2 wine, if a kid spots the animal and tells an employee at checkout, they're awarded a special treat.
Trader Joe's spokesperson Kenya Friend-Daniel told Today that TJ's has been doing this little scavenger hunt of sorts for almost a decade. The employees are given an easy, fun way to interact with little shoppers, with each participating store featuring a different hidden creature.