Trader Joe’s Opens In Fort Lauderdale Oct. 15. Take A Peek Inside The Beach-Themed Store
Fort Lauderdale, the opening of Trader Joe’s is right around the corner.
Less than two months after announcing an official opening date, the cult-favorite affordable grocery store will open its doors to the public Thursday, Oct. 15, at 8 a.m.
The celebration at the Hawaiian-inspired chain will include a lei-cutting and hula dancers greeting customers at the door. There will also be face-painting for children.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department will help direct traffic through the weekend.
The 10,000-square-foot space, located at 1560 N. Federal Highway, features wide aisles currently bookended with a plethora of seasonal pumpkin items, including (but definitely not limited to) pumpkin macarons, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin spice coffee, and pumpkin pancake and waffle mix.
“October is pretty much pumpkin season,” Captain Armando Quintos, the store manager, said.
And residents can’t wait. After spotting a couple on their bicycles peering through the windows—and a woman walking right into the market while crew members were still setting up Tuesday—we asked Quintos if he’s seen a lot of people trying to sneak in, so to speak.
“Yes,” he said, laughing. He said he simply tells them the store opens Thursday.
Quintos, who previously worked at a Trader Joe’s store in Pinecrest, said he expects of a mix of Trader Joe’s pros and newbies at the latest Broward location.
No matter their level of expertise, he is most excited to welcome Fort Lauderdale residents with open arms—and have them do the same with TJ's.
“Just being embraced by the community,” he said, “getting to know the people and introducing them to our products.”
One thing's for sure: Shoppers will feel right at home at the store, which is decked out in a beachy theme in line with both Trader Joe’s laid-back culture and, well, Fort Lauderdale.
The artwork in the store—all created by Trader Joe’s crew members—pays homage to local sites such as Fort Lauderdale beach, Las Olas, the Stranahan House and Port Everglades. There’s even a mural above the wine selection that nods to the city’s nickname as the “Venice of America.”
Of course, there’s also a whimsical spin on things, Quintos said, pointing out a mural above the dairy aisle that depicts manatees and “sea cows” playing tug of war.
But the local love doesn't end there. Instead of numbers, each of the 10 checkout aisles feature names of nearby neighborhoods—Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Coconut Creek, Lauderhill, Victoria Park, to name a few—and they're all accented with a fishing pole.
There will be daily demos at "Cabana Joe's," a foodie station located in the back corner of the store, as well as at a wine-tasting station situated by—surprise, surprise—the wine and beer display.
The Fort Lauderdale store is the third Trader Joe's to open in Broward County. A location in Pembroke Pines opened last year, and a Davie store opened just last week. The chain, known for its unique items, introduces up to two dozen new products every month.
Take a peek inside the Fort Lauderdale store: