A self-proclaimed “surfer dude,” Dan Bane is right at home among the Hawaiian shirt-clad crew members who give Trader Joe’s its laid-back vibe. “I often tell people that I have the best job in the country,” says Bane on a video posted to YouTube. Shoppers are just as fanatic about the Monrovia, Calif.-based chain’s carefully curated assortment, engaging staff and delightful atmosphere that’s been replicated in such a way that gives each of the ...

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