will open in Germantown Friday at 8 a.m.
The store announced in 2015 it was opening a location in the area. But sometimes it didn't seem like a sure thing.
Friends, I stepped my own two feet in the store yesterday. And, well, it was Trader Joe's, sans the produce, as it was too early to put that out yet.
Two buck chuck? Yep, it's there, though now it's three buck and some change chuck.
Noah Stevens says once they got the word that the store was a go at the end of July they worked nonstop to get the store ready.
The store is about 15,000 square feet, a wee thing compared to the 60,000 to 100,000 square feet of the average Kroger.
Stevens, who is a TJ's veteran of 15 years, says it's the biggest one he's ever worked in.
He notes the mural depicting Germantown High as a welcome to the community from the store and that TJ's has a deal set with the Mid-South Food Bank for pick-ups daily.
He says that the store will have nine registers and he aims to have them all working at once in order to get folks in and out.
But Stevens also emphasizes the fun, laid-back nature of the store — no intercom and cool music to have you dancing in the aisles.
"It's an adventure," he says.
Trader Joe's is located at 2130 Exeter in Germantown.