Trader Joe's Grocery Bringing New San Diego Location To Former Chuck E. Cheese In Vista

March 27, 2024

Popular American grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is opening a new San Diego location in a former Chuck E. Cheese building in Vista.

Trader Joe's was founded in 1958 in Pasadena, California, by Joe Coulombe. Initially, it was a small chain of convenience stores called Pronto Markets. However, in 1967, Coulombe rebranded the stores as Trader Joe's and began offering a wider array of specialty foods, including gourmet items and international fare.  In 1979, German-native Theo Albrecht, who is also the founder of Aldi grocery, bought the company as a personal investment for his family. The company now has more than 500 locations, including 10 branches in San Diego County with several more on the way. 

In addition to new Trader Joe's stores opening this year in San Diego's East County city of Santee and within Poway City Centre, public records show another branch is in the works for the space that last housed a Chuck E. Cheese inside North County Square shopping center in Vista. Like other locations, expect the grocery store to offer a selection of fresh produce, meats, gourmet cheeses, artisanal bread and private-label products at competitive prices, as well as beer, wine and liquor. 

Some of Trader Joe's most popular private-label products include its famous "Two-Buck Chuck" wine, frozen meals like Mandarin Orange Chicken and Cauliflower Gnocchi, and snack items like Speculoos Cookie Butter and Everything but the Bagel Seasoning.

The newest San Diego branch of Trader Joe's is expected to open in late 2024 at 1861 University Drive in San Diego's North County city of Vista. For more information, visit