LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- The popularity of specialty and gourmet foods is evident at Trader Joe Co.'s first two stores here. Shoppers packed the aisles of the Commack unit, which opened in November, SN found during an in-store visit. The South Pasadena, Calif.-based chain's second area store, which opened several weeks ago in Oceanside, was just as busy. During SN's Commack visit, consumers filled baskets with gourmet/specialty products like whole bean coffee, peanut butter pretzels and ...

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