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Do You Prefer Shopping for Groceries at Costco Over Trader Joe’s?

Do You Prefer Shopping for Groceries at Costco Over Trader Joe’s?

Here’s The Scoop

In the ongoing battle between grocery giants, Costco has thrown down an irresistible gauntlet. The warehouse behemoth has introduced a Korean dish, kimbap, to its frozen food section. This move is a direct challenge to Trader Joe’s, where this seaweed-wrapped delicacy has been a consistent best-seller.

Kimbap, akin to sushi, is a fusion of rice and various other ingredients, all neatly packed in seaweed. One Reddit user, in the KoreanFood subreddit, vouched for Costco’s version, claiming it to be “pretty decent and more saucy than Trader Joe’s”. Notably, Costco’s kimbap comes complete with microwaveable instructions and is currently listed as a “new” item.

Price and availability are the hot topics in this grocery war. Costco’s retail strategy ensures that customers get six kimbap rolls for just $18, offering value for money compared to Trader Joe’s. Reports suggest that even though the product was initially available on the West Coast, it has found its way to other stores across the U.S.

Trader Joe’s, on the other hand, takes a “veggie-forward approach” to its kimbap, backed by an expert from the Republic of Korea. This strategy, however, has led to frequent sell-outs and purchase limitations in stores, particularly in California’s Bay Area.

Costco’s kimbap manufacturer, Hanwoomul, has even provided item numbers on its Instagram account to help eager customers check product availability in their local warehouses. With the added bonus of fried tofu and vegetables, it’s clear that this grocery combat shows no signs of cooling down.

What do you think? Let us know by participating in our poll, or join the discussion in the comment section below!




  1. Gwen

    April 22, 2024 at 6:01 pm

    We have neither.

  2. Jerry C.

    April 23, 2024 at 4:15 am

    I’ve never been in either.

  3. Mark Smith

    April 23, 2024 at 11:04 pm

    I don’t go to either one.

  4. Mark Davison

    April 25, 2024 at 8:23 pm

    Trader Joes is just a block from us. We happily go there

  5. Denise

    April 26, 2024 at 10:12 am

    We only have Costco. Makes it an easy choice

  6. Herb Sutton

    May 14, 2024 at 11:37 pm


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