Trader Joe’s closes the deal in R.I.
11:40 AM EDT on Friday, April 25, 2008By David Scharfenberg
Journal Staff Writer
WARWICK –– Offbeat grocery-store chain Trader Joe’s will open its first Rhode Island supermarket on Bald Hill Road this fall.
Known for its Hawaiian-shirt-wearing employees, $3 bottles of wine and inexpensive, gourmet-style goods, Trader Joe’s has expanded rapidly in recent years.
The grocer now operates about 300 stores in 23 states and Washington, D.C., according to company spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian called the grocer’s imminent arrival a coup for the city and the commercial corridor along Bald Hill Road, also known as Route 2.
“It’s a win for us because it creates a reason for people to go to Route 2,” he said. “People do drive to Massachusetts for Trader Joe’s....”
....Trader Joe’s is expected to open its 12,700-square-foot store in October, he said....
....The company is owned by the German family behind the no-frills ALDI Food Market chain.
ALDI moved into the Rhode Island market this year, opening its first store on Quaker Lane. The company is also planning a market for Smith Hill, in Providence.