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PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: Shoppers lineup as they wait for the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label.

This is kind of interesting. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reported this week about a study of home values and how they relate to what supermarkets you live near. Want to sell your home for more? Your odds are better of your home value going up if you live near a Whole Foods. Makes sense right? It’s often called “Whole Paycheck” for a reason.

Living near a Trader Joe’s can help your cause too. They say homes near the TJ’s in Tampa and St. Pete get the highest median sales price… about $348,350. I’m surprised we still only have two Trader Joe’s in the area. They both needed police to direct traffic when they opened the locations in Tampa and St. Pete. But since then, nothing new.

If you live near an Aldi, home prices were in the $249,000 range. No word in this particular study about living near a Publix – that’s a must for me. I need to be within a 5 minute drive of a Pub Sub at all times. [Source: TBBJ]


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