Are Colorado's Trader Joe's locations opening in 2013 -- or 2014?

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When last year it was revealed that Trader Joe's had finally decided to open two stores in Colorado, the clouds parted, cherubs started playing shiny little harps, citizens long-deprived of TJ's inexpensive branded products began rejoicing -- and marked their calendars for those fateful days in late 2013 when the Denver and Boulder stores would open.

This week, they got more good news from the Denver Post: A third Trader Joe's will open in Greenwood Village in 2014. But that story also contained a suggestion that none of the stores will open until 2014 -- which left us hungry to know more.

See also:
-Five reasons Colorado will benefit from getting Trader Joe's...finally
-Trader Joe's finally breaks ground on its Boulder store
-Trader Joe's begins building its first Denver store

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Yesterday, Trader Joe's spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki left a message for Westword confirming the good/bad news: "Trader Joe's has signed a lease to open a third location at Cherry Hills Marketplace, 5901 South University Boulevard, Greenwood Village," she said. "The store is scheduled to open in 2014. Our other Denver and Boulder locations are scheduled to open in 2014."

Construction is well under way at the Trader Joe's site in Denver, at the southeast corner of East Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard (this is the store that will have the company's sole Colorado liquor license). It's also moving fast at the Twenty-Ninth Street mall in Boulder -- so fast, in fact, that Kate Taggart Honea, senior marketing manager of Twenty-Ninth Street, told the Boulder Daily Camera this week that the projected opening date of the Boulder store is still "late fall -- definitely 2013. At this point," she added, "I don't see any reason that we would be delayed into 2014."

We contacted Honea for clarification, and haven't heard back. But we did get this second message from Mochizuki: "Boulder is scheduled to open in 2014 as with our other two Denver locations."

TJ's lovers, don't break out the two-buck Chuck just yet...




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5901 S. University Blvd., Greenwood Village, CO

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41 comments
dinergirl
dinergirl

Does anyone know if they are accepting applications at the Denver location or where one could apply? The locations aren't showing up on their web site yet...thanks!

mallthus
mallthus

"I don't see any reason that we would be delayed into 2014."

Two little words. Supply. Chain.

One store isn't enough volume to make the supply chain viable. That's why we miss out on a lot of food concepts here in Colorado. We're a long ass way from anywhere else.


Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

You obviously have never stepped inside a Trader Joes to say that!

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

Why are you running the same story twice?

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Seriously? This is what is getting Coloradan's panties in a twist? The latest version of 7/11 or Circle K? Nothing to see here...

Craig Hawkins
Craig Hawkins

Oh yah, it keeps me up at night worrying about it.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

I don't see what the big deal is. I've shopped at TJ's a bunch of times. There's nothing that special. It's like The bastard child of Whole Foods and King Soopers.

Joah Mershon
Joah Mershon

Fuck Walmart. Trader Joe's is much better!

Sherea Spalding
Sherea Spalding

careful what propaganda you read Jennifer, WalMart is currently a political target, how many people do you know who actually work at Walmart? I know several and while clerk at any big box store is not their ultimate goal, they are happy to be working are taking advantage of educational benefits offered by WalMart and are promoted from within....

Jennifer Wohletz
Jennifer Wohletz

I disagree--TJ's pays their workers better, and their workers report a higher level of job satisfaction.

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

so not interested in another "fake" health food store. I am quite content with The Vitamin Cottage and Marczyk's. Trader Joe's is another processed, packaged food pusher.

Jeremy Dobson
Jeremy Dobson

Walmart doesn't compare with TJ on any level...

Sherea Spalding
Sherea Spalding

I just love how we collectively *hate* WalMart but *love* Joe's... both bring us cheep goods and pay and promote their employees comparably... but Joe = trendy and the Mart = trashy ...don't think I'll ever understand the rampant hypocrisy

Reuben James
Reuben James

we dont need more GMO products being passed off as healthy food. ORGANIC as much as you can people. but better yet any dirt you have that sees the sun should have a plant growing food. plain and simple

contender
contender

Balls.  At least I can walk to Sprouts now. 

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

Seriously--I wanted at least one of them opened by the holidays.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

GAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! I want Trader Joe's NAOW!!!!!!

Jen Harmon
Jen Harmon

Sad it will be next year... But happy they are coming here at all!

Josh Barrack
Josh Barrack

TJ's is actually underrated. If you've ever lived in the real world, this is what you're used to, not the King Soopers and Whole Foods crap that you have to put up with in Colorado.

Allen Potter
Allen Potter

meh. over-rated. still, if it makes everyone happy, welcome to Colorado.

Oscar
Oscar

I really don't get the big deal about this store.  They sell more wine than meat/vegies.

Rob Holdaway
Rob Holdaway

Latest 3rd location announced this week orchard/university

Josh Barrack
Josh Barrack

Are Colorado's Trader Joe's locations opening?

tropicalchrome1
tropicalchrome1

I suppose it's a good thing I have another trip to Kansas next month....and that I found I have one more jar of TJ's peanut butter in the pantry.

mallthus
mallthus

@Sherea Spalding Actually I do know people who have worked at Walmart recently. You might know people that have had different experiences, but I can tell you that their labor practices are designed to minimize their costs, first, foremost and only.

And, for what it's worth, Walmart's educational benefits are inferior to those offered in most fast food chains.

mallthus
mallthus

@Naomi Wolinsky You'd be surprised to know then that you've completely misunderstood what Trader Joe's is.

They make no claim to be a health food store. They make every claim to be a grocer specializing in unusual and tasty foods, sold at fair prices. Hell, they started out as a liquor store that got a reputation for having oddball candies and canned goods.

mizzkathleen
mizzkathleen

@jenna-furrr I just moved from Kansas City where I shopped at TJ every week! I cant wait for this one to open!! I miss it so bad!

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

@Josh Barrack  

This may come as s shock to you, Josh, but Whole Foods stores are all over California.  King Soopers is owned by the Kroger Co.  In California, the Kroger stores are called Ralph's, and Ralph's stores are all over California, too.

jennyjenjen
jennyjenjen

@Allen Potter no way. I've lived in both Colorado and California. Trader Joe's is awesome. It's all about TJ's and Sprouts.

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