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Mr. Trader Joe

Trader Joe was one of the most interesting interviews I have had the privilege to do. “Trader Joe’s” actual name is Joe Coulombe and he still lives near the very first Trader Joe’s in Pasadena, California. He originally ran a chain of Pronto Markets, selling primarily dairy-based consumer products. But when 7-Eleven bought out his dairy provider, Joe Coulombe had to find a new angle and that was the birth of the Trader Joe’s grocery store chain. He sold the chain to a German family in 1988 and now serves on the board for World Maket Cost Plus and for True Religion Apparel. We interviewed Joe Coulombe at his house in Pasadena. He has taken up painting and his fantastic art was all over the house, including the painting behind him in the interview…

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