Trader Joe's announces opening date for Wellington store

Trader Joe’s fans, let the countdown begin.

The wildly popular grocer has set a May 16 opening date for its Wellington store, at 2877 S. State Road.

Trader Joe’s is known for having a widespread, loyal following passionate about the grocer’s affordable and uncommon assortment, which includes marinated artichokes, spicy chicken sausages and organic popcorn with olive oil. Inexpensive “Two-buck Chuck” wines are also a hit.

Most of the items on shelves bear the company’s private label.

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Aside from Wellington, Trader Joe’s plans to open stores this year in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Pembroke Pines. The California-based chain has not announced opening dates for those stores.

South Florida’s first Trader Joe’s debuted last fall in Miami-Dade County’s Pinecrest neighborhood. Customers lined outside the store for hours before the grand opening. Many of them said they used to drive regularly — about four hours round trip — to another Trader Joe’s in Naples before the company’s arrival in Pinecrest.

Trader Joe’s stores are smaller than supermarkets like Winn-Dixie or Publix. They don't take coupons or offer periodic sales or discount cards. Its staff, “crew members,” wear Hawaiian-themed shirts and help create a fun shopping experience for enthusiastic customers.
About a dozen new products are introduced every week, Trader Joe’s said.

The Wellington store will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.