TULSA - Tulsans are scanning one website, trying to lure in the national grocery store Trader Joe's.
All you have to do is go to the TYPRO's website were you can can pick from 60 Trader Joe's items. Then on Feb. 16 from 4-8 p.m. you pick up the order at 11 E. Brady.
Felice Baldwin and Dana Hutton are picking out their Trader Joe's order. This duo normally has to stock up on Joe's items when visiting California or New Mexico, then carry everything back on the plane.
"It's like a Sam's but Whole Food's quality," said Baldwin.
Tulsa's Young Professionals (TYPRO's) is the group to thank for this idea. Leaders sent out a survey and Trader Joe's is the number one pick. So then, TYPRO's came up with the idea "Bring It To Tulsa"
TYPRO's Chair Hillary Parkhurt admits, "I'm not sure they'll actually come to Tulsa," But Executive Director Brian Paschal says, "rather than sitting around and waiting and hoping, we thought 'let's just at least show there is passion here'. TYPRO'S doesn't know all the ends and outs and specifics of attracting a national retailer to town. they're people who get paid to do that and do a very good job. What we wanted to do, is harnesh passion and do a grassroots effort."
Members are taking a trailer up to the closest Joe's store in Kansas City. They already have 100 orders.
This is just their first "Bring It To Tulsa" idea. They'll keep focusing on companies people want and do this same thing again with stores like H&M, The Container Store, Crate And Barrel, And REI.
TYPRO's is charging a $5 delivery fee for orders over $10. This pays for the truck rental.
You can't buy wine.
Paschal says, "whether you know what Trader Joe's is and already love it and want to stock up on some stuff, or don't know what Trader Joe's is and want to see what the big hype is all about."
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