Chason Gordon wrote an excellent article for Seattle Weekly titled "An Inside Look at Trader Joe’s Notorious Canadian Knock-Off".
"Curious about how his operation worked, I recently joined Hallatt on one of his shopping trips . . . sort of. Earlier in this excursion, the shoppers had hit nearly every Trader Joe’s in the state, beginning in Bellingham—the location most frequented by Vancouverites—and making their way down through Everett, Lynnwood, Ballard, Queen Anne, the U District, and lastly Capitol Hill, where I waited to meet them."