After months of speculation, it has been confirmed: Trader Joe’s is coming to Delray Beach.
The popular grocer with a cult-like following will be anchoring the newly approved Delray Place located at the southeast corner of U.S. 1 and Linton Boulevard.
The store is expected to open in Oct. 2014, according to Retail Property Group, the developers of Delray Place.
Trader Joe’s in Delray will join Trader Joe’s in Boca as the grocer makes a big splash entering the South Florida market. There was some concern that a Trader Joe’s in Boca would preclude a store in nearby Delray, but that fear appears to be unfounded.
Trader Joe’s roots spring from a small chain of convenience stores named Pronto Markets in the 1950s.
The concept evolved and became Trader Joe’s in 1967 opening its first store in Pasadena, California. That store is still open and thriving.
Since then, the chain has become a favorite of foodies who evangelize Trader Joe’s philosophy of stocking hard to find, innovative and great tasting food in their uniquely designed stores.
For the uninitiated, Trader Joe’s is a unique shopping experience with clerks dressed in Hawaiian shirts and stores decorated with cedar planks.
The chain takes pride in providing value and low prices as a core business principle—that means no sales, no gimmicks and no loyalty cards. The store is also known for its array of private label products and at one time stocked every California wine that was produced.
Trader Joe’s is making a big splash in the Florida market with four stores opening in the Sunshine state in 2014—including locations in Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Winter Park and Boca Raton at the East City Center at 855 South Federal Highway.
The local formula seems to be a 12,500 square foot store, far smaller than big box grocers but packed with items that often can’t be found elsewhere.
Delray Place is a 115,000 square foot center that is being viewed as a potential catalyst for economic development along South Federal Highway in Delray Beach. The current office buildings on the site should be demolished by September and the new center should open in October 2014.