Of course, we in the Crossroads area already have a related option - Aldi (soon to have a Taco Bell with drive through and a twenty-year lease in its parking lot that will somehow not discourage redevelopment of the entire site, but that's a story for another day). Aldi is owned and operated by Aldi Süd, whereas Trader Joe's is owned by Aldi Nord. As I understand it, the companies are related historically in that they descend from a chain of stores established by two German brothers named Albrecht but that the companies separated in the 1960s and now operate independently and in separate areas outside of the US.
I haven't found any evidence to support the notion that our more "accessible" (i.e. downmarket) Aldi would prevent the relocation of a Trader Joe's to the area although the idea does come up from time to time.
Anyway, I get the sense that the Albrecht split may have been difficult (supposedly it was due to a difference of opinion about selling cigarettes), but it couldn't have more acrimonious than the one between Rudolf and Adolf Dassler. They were German brothers who ran a company that made shoes until world events intervened:
During the war, a growing rift between the pair reached breaking point after an Allied bomb attack in 1943, when Adi and his wife ran into a bomb shelter that Rudolf and his family were already in. "The bastards are back again," Adi said, referring to the Allied war planes, but Rudolf was utterly convinced that his brother had been referring to him and his family. After Rudolf was later picked up by American soldiers and accused of being a member of the Waffen SS, which he was not, he felt certain that his brother had turned him in.After the war, the brothers split up with Adi forming Adidas and Rudolf starting what would become Puma. Matters only slightly improved thereafter though.
Puma and Adidas entered into a fierce and bitter business rivalry after the split. Indeed, the town of Herzogenaurach was divided on the issue, leading to the nickname "the town of bent necks"—people looked down to see which shoes strangers wore. Even the town's two football clubs were divided: ASV Herzogenaurach club was supported by Adidas, while 1 FC Herzogenaurach endorsed Rudolf's footwear. When handymen were called to Rudolf's home, they would deliberately wear Adidas shoes. Rudolf would tell them to go to the basement and pick out a pair of free Pumas. The two brothers were never reconciled and although both are now buried in the same cemetery, they are spaced as far apart as possible.Who says Germans aren't fun?