Posted by: Bruce | June 22, 2010


It’s a great night for our “We Want Trader Joe’s in the Capital District” group when: 1: we gather around a sculpture that we’re sponsoring in downtown Albany, and 2: the mayor of Albany lends his support for a Trader Joe’s! Here are some photos taken last Friday night before and during the kick-off event for the Albany BID’s “Sculpture in the Streets” program.  Thanks again to Sara Stein for her leadership in putting this together!  

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For those interested, a walking tour map of all the sculptures is available at:

I can tell you that for this brochure, Sara gave me some difficult homework.  I had to sum up our group’s aspirations in 80 words or less.  Here is what I can up with:

“We Want Trader Joe’s in the Capital District”  is a grassroots organization of over 4,000 of our neighbors that uses fun, creative and pro-community strategies in its campaign to attract a Trader Joe’s grocery store to our area.  The sculpture we are pleased to sponsor reminds us to celebrate every day life and every day activities.  Likewise, our group is committed to bringing home Trader Joe’s’ wonderful, health-conscious products to enhance our community’s quality of life.  Visit us at

I did send copies of this brochure to all the Trader Joe’s execs. along with photos of “our” sculpture.”  Thanks to all who participated in this effort and let’s keep working to bring Trader Joe’s here.  Now lastly, here is the letter I just sent out to several Trader Joe’s executives:

Dan Bane, Chairman and CEO
Trader Joe’s Company
800 Shamrock Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016

June 21, 2010

Dear Mr. Bane:
I am pleased to let you know that a sculpture we are sponsoring in honor of Trader Joe’s now stands in downtown Albany, New York.  This sculpture, appropriately that of a woman carrying groceries  (whom we have affectingly named  “Joe-sie“), is part of the Albany BID’s “Sculpture in the Streets” program.

Like the fund drive we conducted for our Regional Food Bank in honor of Trader Joe’s, we are proud to continue a campaign of service to our community as a means of gaining the attention of your company and a store of our own.

The optimistic spirit of New York’s Capital District residents is on display in many ways, and is clearly represented by the 4,000+ members of our organization.   We have a wonderful community, ranked #9 by Forbes in its most recent list of “Best Places to Raise a Family.”

We look forward to the day when our community’s quality of life will be further enhanced by the presence of a Trader Joe’s grocery.

Thank you for your kind attention.


Bruce C. Roter, Ph.D.
President, We Want Trader Joe’s in the Capital District

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  1. Here is another photo of the statue. I created a small tour of the… tour here and an interactive map.

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