Trader Joe's on Long Island, NY

- Shopping at the specialty grocery store in Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Trader Joes
••• Mike Mozart / CC / Flickr

Trader Joe's is a specialty retail grocery store with branches in nine states, and the company has a number of locations throughout Long Island, NY. Each store is supermarket-sized, but with the fun addition of staff dressed in Hawaiian shirts (the company says that the shirts show that they're "traders on the culinary seas," searching for great products for their customers), with an occasional cashier sporting a gold foil crown, cash register numbers painted on mini-surfboards, and at their store in Merrick, there's a large mural outside with a depiction of "Joe's Beach" (a playful pun on Long Island's Jones Beach.)

The real draw for most customers comes in the form of great prices. I personally shop there because many of the items that I would normally buy in a supermarket or other store are deeply discounted at Trader Joe's. Some of my favorite items are even half the price of other retail stores.

In addition, products sold under the Trader Joe label are free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives and MSG (monosodium glutamate), and contain no genetically modified ingredients. (The company determined in 2001 that their customers would buy GMO-free products if given a choice.)

What do Trader Joe's stores sell? The list is way too long to go into here, but basically, any type of product that you'd expect to see in a well-stocked supermarket, but with some excellent, unique products as well, and all at great prices. They carry produce, meat, fish, dairy, and eggs, as well as a wide range of frozen and packaged foods like pizza, frozen entrees, vegetables and more.

Trader Joe's also carries a number of organic products as well as some gluten-free products.

Trader Joe's Hours and Locations on Long Island

Nassau County

  • Trader Joe's Hewlett
    1280 West Broadway
    Hewlett, NY
    (516)569-7191
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Trader Joe's Merrick
    1714 Merrick Road
    Merrick, NY
    (516) 771-1012
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Trader Joe's Plainview
    425 S. Oyster Bay Road
    Plainview, NY
    (516) 933-6900
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Trader Joe's Oceanside
    3418 Long Beach Road
    Oceanside, NY
    (516) 536-9163
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Trader Joe's Westbury
    Coming soon to 900 Old Country Road
    Garden City, NY
    Phone Number: tbd
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Suffolk County

  • Trader Joe's Commack
    5010 Jericho Turnpike
    Commack, NY
    (631) 493-9210
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Trader Joe's Lake Grove
    2085 Smith Haven Plaza
    Lake Grove, NY
    (631) 366-2094
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.