Trader Joes Opens at Jacksonville Beach
Trader Joes has opened its doors at South Beach Regional Shopping Center in Jacksonville Beach. Prior to this stores opening, the closest Trader Joes was located in Gainesville. The store is 12,500 SF and is much smaller than your typical grocery store. While the store size is small, this grocery chains following is huge. The opening of the store in Jacksonville is a good sign for foodies in North Florida. For someone who was unfamiliar with the brand, I was interested to learn the traits that make it stand out from other grocers. For starters there are no membership cards, no sales, and most fruit is sold by the piece, as opposed to by the pound. When speaking to people who are familiar with the store, many people referred me to the wine. Trader Joes has an exclusive relationship with the Charles Shaw wine label “Two Buck Chuck”, (which is now $2.99 per bottle). Roger Bull with The Florida Times Union has the full story.
Switching from retail news to industrial news, several months ago it was announced that Trader Joes purchased a 76 acre site east of I-95 in Daytona Beach for $7.8M, to build a new regional distribution center to serve the Southeast. The DC will add roughly 450 jobs to the local economy and the company has received roughly $6.6M in incentives from various county, state and public entities. Anjali Fluker with the Orlando Business Journal has the story.