It's sort of dumb, if you really think about it, to drive that far to buy $78 worth of food. However, there are things in that store that cannot be duplicated in any of our local food facilities.
I sent an e-mail to Trader Joe's, via their website, awhile back, asking for them to PLEASE build a store in our area...a college town with many health-conscious folks! Their reply...well, they don't want there to be a reduction in business to their other stores "in the area." I replied that they aren't really in the area and that they were popular enough that they could sustain with those folks who live in those areas. We, in little Corvallis, along with the small surrounding communities (Philomath, Lebanon, Albany, Blodgett, etc) could keep a store afloat in Corvallis!
Well, they disagree, so we drive 2 hours to get our favorite curry sauces, European cheeses, and 3-buck-Chuck wines. You know, though, the drive is fun when you're with a good friend and you get to chat the entire time, uninterrupted! Thanks, CH!