Shoppers finally have a date. Trader Joe’s will open in Wellington on May 16 in Village Green Center, a new shopping center at the northwest corner of U.S. 441 and Stribling Way.
The 12,500-square-foot store at 2877 S. State Road 7 is the first of four Trader Joe’s locations expected to open in Palm Beach County this year. The fan-favorite grocer, which keeps prices low by dealing directly with manufacturers and selling mostly under its own label, just arrived in South Florida last fall. Decor and the employees’ Hawaiian-themed shirts promote the “trader” concept.
“Trader Joe’s is a ‘store of stories,’ meaning every item in the store has its own virtues — high quality ingredients, great flavor or simply an extraordinary price — many items often feature all of those qualities,” according to the company’s news release.
Trader Joe’s appeal is that it has low prices everyday and an array of trendy items like artisan breads, international frozen entrees and organic offerings. New items are introduced weekly and the grocery chain touts its products and atmosphere in the “Fearless Flyer.”
Trader Joe’s avoided announcing opening dates for any of the locations until Monday. Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach and Boca Raton are all expected in the fall, according to previous indications from Trader Joe’s and developers of the plazas where they will reside.
- A 12,500 store in PGA Plaza at the southwest corner of PGA Boulevard and Prosperity Farms Road, Palm Beach Gardens. The shopping center is undergoing $12 million in renovations.
- A store in Delray Place at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard. The shopping center is under construction and developer Joe Carosella recently told The Post it should be ready for tenants to start build-out of their spaces in June.
- A store in Boca Raton in East City Center, 855 S. Federal Highway. The center north of Camino Real is also under construction.
The Wellington location was the fourth one announced in 2013, but will be the first to open.