Trader Joe’s is one of California’s most popular grocery stores and has been around since 1967. Joe Coulombe, the founder of Trader Joe’s, wanted to create a supermarket that specialized in stocking rare and healthier foods. Trader Joe’s became a success as customers saw the quality of their products and trusted the company more than other supermarkets.
Coulombe decided to sell the company in 1979 to Theo Albrecht, a German businessman who owns Aldi. Although Germans own the company, this is still one of the most popular supermarkets in California, and no one seemed to even notice the transition.