A few years ago, one of our reporters penned an open letter to Trader Joe's telling the boutique grocer "Northwest Indiana doesn't need you."
Well, now's the time to set the record straight: Joseph S. Pete is a bright, erudite observer of the Region business world, a credit to his profession, and a connoisseur of fine meats and cheeses. He's also a man who regrettably felt the need to make a pre-emptive strike against TJ's in order to protect himself and the Region from its inevitable rejection.
It's understandable. Sometimes you leave a flurry of late-night messages on someone's voicemail and have to call things off before they even get started.
But let's stop lying to ourselves.
As glorious as the Region arrival of overpriced asparagus water was in the fall of 2015, it will pale in comparison to the day Regionites can finally buy Trader Joe's Dunkers in their own backyard.
Say what you will about the gratuitous piercings and tattoos its employees so eagerly sport, TJ's offerings are not only delicious, they are affordable and easy to prepare.
The frozen orange chicken, the array of curries, the pumpkin spices — it's all so scrumptious, savory and sweet that you don't even mind having to bag it all yourself.
So, yes, we still want you, Trader Joe's. And if you ever decide to make your way to the Region, we'll be waiting with a bottle of Two Buck Chuck... for both of us.
-- Matt Schubert