The American Companies That Aren’t Actually American Anymore

Trader Joe’s

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.


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