Trader Joe’s Opens In Portland; 11/1/10 – SEE CORRECTED DATE BELOW…


Trader Joe's - Scheduled to Open; 11/1/10

By Carol McCracken (Post # 540)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since writing post # 603, has written Post # 619 about the opening day of the store and the long lines – both to check-out and outside the store. That’s post # 619.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since writing this post, # 540, Trader Joe’s has announced it plans to open on Friday, October 29, at 8 am. The address is 87 Marginal Way, Portland. The date has been moved up from November 1. Please see Post # 603, dated October 6th.

Yesterday afternoon the doors at the future Trader Joe’s were wide open – but the interior of the building was only open to the carpenters, plumbers, electricians and others who are currently rennovating the Marginal Way space to the company’s specifications.

A subcontractor at the site said that the new store is scheduled to open on November 1st – that’s when the doors will be wide open to the public. He also confirmed what has reported previously – that this store is by far the largest one TJ’s has. The site is the former Wild Oats, next to Eastern Mountain Slopes.

Meanwhile, back at the busy parking lot at Whole Foods, shoppers were generally looking forward to the opening of the new store in the area. Two women were particularly enthusiastic about the move. “Kate”  said she’s looking forward to their cheap wine. Emily Norse, said:  “I’m excited because they do builk things economically – like big bags of  nuts and the like.”  Norse said she’s visited a number of TJ’s stores in Massachusetts.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Where is everyone going to park?!

10 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Opens In Portland; 11/1/10 – SEE CORRECTED DATE BELOW…

  1. I am not all that excited about Trader Joe’s “cheap wine”. I have been disappointed with the quality on several occasions. When you pay $2.00 or $3.00 for a bottle of wine; that’s just what you get. I think life is too short to drink bad wine. Just my two cents…

  2. YES!! Trader Joe’s rules. Forget about the wine ( it’s o.k. ), but the quirky assortment of international foods make this place a ‘go to’ destination.

  3. I have actually gone thru the trouble of contacting TJ’s several times, over the past decade, begging them to come to Maine. I nearly always stop at their stores in MA, when visiting family there. At first it was mainly for Kashi bars and Pirate’s Booty, then I branched out. They have a great selection of old favorites and new things to try. The prices and quality are great! I will be traveling down from Gardiner on a regular basis!

  4. I’ve also visited Trader Joes wherever we go and am thrilled to have them coming closer. Great food at great prices and affordable organic! Don’t drink wine but might take it up! Hurray for Mainers!

  5. I am so thrilled Traders is coming to Maine. I lived in Tucson for ten years and found so many great food items and at affordable prices. They have a super selection of cheese, their marinara sauce is to die for, and the tea tree soap / shampoo and ointments are fabulous. Compared to Whole Foods, yes, smaller selctions, but much less costly. Trader Joes is a unique and enjoyable shopping experience especially on the day they have samples. Check this super market out, you will not be disappointed, from it’s pasta selection to his great wine and beer selction, green products too. If Trader Joes doesn’t have it, you don’t need it.

  6. When we drove into portland today, and I saw the Trader Joe’s sign on the not yet open store, I let out a scream of delight, causing my brother to almost drive off the road. I’d heard a trader Joe’s was finally coming to Portland, but I hadn’t heard any recent news about it. I’m so glad we have a date! This is really good news!

  7. So glad they are coming to Maine, used to shop in the ones in California, they have a good selection of cheese, which I love. If I can cut some cost and buy in bulk I am a happy camper.

  8. So stoked that Trader Joe’s is here in Maine. I would shop there all the time when in San Diego.

  9. We went from two Trader Joe’s within 10 miles of our home in Northern
    CA to zip when when we moved to Maine. T J’s will still be 2 1/2 hours
    south of us, but will be well worth the drive at least once a month!
    Perhaps we will have one in Bangor or Ellsworth someday.

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