Joe Coulombe

Jun 3, 1930 – Feb 28, 2020 (Age 89)


June 3, 1930
February 28, 2020


Joe Coulombe was the founder of Trader Joe's, the budget-conscious grocery store chain that focuses on unusual prepared foods, gourmet goods, and produce. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

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I just found out about Joe's passing. My condolences are sent to his family. He will be remembered by millions of people throughout the United States. My thoughts and prayers for his remaining family members and friends are with you all.

The family has my condolences for what seemed like a fantastic humane being. God be vwith you.

Mr Coulombe was a man who cared about his employees and demonstrated it. My condolences to the family for your loss. God be with you.

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

The brightest star in the Coulombe family. What a loss, but, on the other hand, what a great life lived to the hilt!
He sent be $80.00 many years ago, so that I would continue to write the "Coulombe Family of North America" book I worked on for many years. He and his son bought books. My sincere best wishes. He was a 7th cousin to me. I am proud to have him as a relative.

Nice to see the face of the person who found Trader Joe, a very popular place for my family,my condolences goes out to the family, he will be remembered may you be comforted by the God of all comfort in this difficult times

My condolences to the family. I love Trader Joe's, it's the kind of store, you can go into and find all sights of delicious items. It's good to know who the founder is.

Sincerest Condolences to the Coulombe Family and friends , Trader Joes is an Icon of California , thank you for such a great contribution to community and to the people of California