By: Sharon Aron Baron
Residents may soon be celebrating the long-anticipated opening of Trader Joe’s as construction nears completion.
According to Gillian Johnson, marketing director with Amera Properties, they’re anticipating the end of October, early November.
Inside the location at The Walk at 2792 N University Drive, shelving, coolers, and plumbing are being installed, and signage was just hung on the front.
Formerly a Barnes & Noble which closed at the end of February, Johnson said the 27,000 sq. ft. space would be divided between the bookstore and another tenant, allowing for the remodeling and reduction of space to match their new stores’ prototype.
“The expectation is that they will reopen six months later,” she said, referring to Barnes & Noble.
In June, CST confirmed the second parcel would be a Trader Joe’s.
We asked Amera Properties last month for an update on the Barnes & Noble parcel; however, due to lease negotiations, Johnson could not confirm — or deny — the bookstore would be occupying the space.
Trader Joe’s has been long-anticipated in the city, and residents rave about their low prices, unique brands, and excellent customer service. Some of their specialties include their Mandarin Orange Chicken, Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, and their Belgian Chocolate Pudding.
“I am so happy I no longer have to drive to Boca or Fort Lauderdale to enjoy the specialties,” said Vice Mayor Joy Carter.
“It’s their specialty items that are reasonably priced,” she said. “Their bread and cracker section is impressive, particularly their Norwegian crackers with hummus or an olive tapenade. Their vegetables are fresh, and their food-to-go is amazing.”
While a typical grocery store may carry 50,000 items, Trader Joe’s stocks about 4,000 — 80 percent of which bear one of its own brand names. Foods include gourmet, organic, vegetarian, kosher, and unusual frozen foods. They also carry domestic and imported wine and beer.
In 2015, Coral Springs Talk took a poll to see if residents would like a Trader Joe’s in the city, and the response was overwhelming. We directed fans of the store to fill out Trader Joe’s online location request form, and for five years, have been on a mission to get them to move to Coral Springs.
Trader Joes includes Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Wellington, and Fort Lauderdale.
No hiring information yet for Trader Joe’s.
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