Trader Joes in Colorado
My understanding of the issue is that the owners of Sunflower Markets called up Trader Joe's and said "hey, are you guys coming to Colorado?" and after getting a negative response decided to open Sunflower Markets in south Denver. We also have Wild Oats which is a little pricier than Trader Joe's, but relatively worth it.
In-N-Out in Colorado?
Along the same lines, I love In-N-Out in California for their burgers and I wondered why we don't have one. In the case of In-N-Out, my understanding is that they are a privately owned business that is not interested in external financing or in franchising. They just grow from their own profits so they have only covered the Southwestern USA so far. Now, in Denver we've got Good Times which is not the same as In-N-Out, but in some ways it is better (spoonbenders, custard) and they have many similar values (freshness, natural beef).