NAPLES — Fans of Trader Joe’s have a month to wait until their favorite grocery chain opens in Naples.
The 14,000-square-foot store, 10600 U.S. 41 N., south of Immokalee Road, will open at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, Trader Joe’s announced Tuesday afternoon. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Asked why Trader Joe’s chose Naples for its first store in the Sunshine State, spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said: “It’s a really wonderful community for us to be a part of.”
“We consider ourselves to be a neighborhood store and it’s a great fit for us,” she said.
Polly Minick of North Naples was happy to hear the news.
“I will be there ASAP when they open (their) doors,” she said in an email.
Trader Joe’s will continue to interview for the store’s opening crew through Wednesday, Jan. 18. Anyone who wants to apply for a position may do so weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the store in the Granada Shoppes, Mochizuki said.
She wouldn’t say how many workers the store will employ.
Trader Joe’s, headquartered in Monrovia, Calif., has more than 365 stores in more than 30 states. Store employees wear Hawaiian-themed shirts, as “traders on the culinary seas.”
The grocery chain carries the basics, along with exotic foods. Most of the store’s groceries – about 80 percent – are sold under the Trader Joe’s name. Some of the more popular items include a roasted seaweed snack, a truffle mousse pate made out of chicken and a frozen, ready-to-eat mandarin orange chicken dinner.
The company will celebrate the Feb. 10 opening with a ceremonial lei cutting to welcome new customers. Trader Joe’s Captain (store manager) Bernadette Pauls, regional Vice President Kent Smathers and employees will be on hand.
Pauls, who has been with the company for more than 10 years, comes to the Naples store from Trader Joe’s in Chicago.
Trader Joe’s stock a variety of domestic and imported foods and beverages including fresh baked artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrées, 100 percent juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items, and vitamins and supplements, as well as the basics, such as milk and eggs.