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Sarasota Trader Joe's Announces Opening Date

Sarasota's Trader Joe's will open in early September and will accept applications in July.

Sarasota is eagerly anticipating the opening of Florida's second Trader Joe's, and it will have to wait until Sept. 7.

That's when the store will open, according to a Trader Joe's spokeswoman. Hiring will begin about two months before the opening and those interested should look for the Now Hiring banner, she said. Applications are also online.

The store will open at the former Rooms To Go furniture store at 4101 S. Tamiami Trail.

The spokeswoman also noted that the store has no affiliation with the "Trader Joe's is Coming to Sarasota" Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/traderjoesSRQ, as the company only updates its own website. The Facebook page has provided some nice photo updates, recipes and so far some accurate information about the opening date, but is not maintained by Trader Joe's, the spokeswoman said. That page has more than 1,300 fans.

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The state's first Trader Joe's opened in Naples in February.

The Monrovia, California-based company is known for selling natural, organic and fair trade foods, soaps, and other grocery as well as health and beauty products without brand names. Employees wear Hawaiian shirts to lighten the mood.

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Lois A Levin June 21, 2012 at 03:42 PM
TJ's surely chose its location carefully, but I hope the company will consider opening a store in walking distance to downtown so as to be accessible to those who do not drive and to the many university and college students who live within biking distance of downtown. This is a very popular store nationwide and will be a welcome addition to Sarasota.
Mary Gillum July 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Loved Trader Joes in Indiabapolis. Love the products. Can hardly wait till the new Sarasota store opens.
Kim Linn July 20, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I LOVE Trader Joe's! I even have friends that tell me I should own or manager one. :) I look forward to seeing a store coming further north in Florida. Keep up the great work, Trader Joe folks!
Suzette Jones July 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
2 Buck Chuck!!!
CHERYL July 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I live about an hour north and will be making a monthly track to this store! My daughter in Nashville shops at TJ and my daughter-in=law shops at the Va Beach location. I only wish there was one close to my home (Riverview, Florida) then I would be in the store a few times a week, my daughter, husband and all of our friends too! Pleeeeeeease open one in our growing town! Big Bend and 301! Lots of opportunities!
Mary D Kalbach August 01, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Mary We live in Gainesville and are so thrilled TJ's is opening in Sarasota. It's a bit of a drive but well worth it. Eagerly waiting for Sept 7!!
rod redoun August 09, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Totally agree with you Cheryl. I lived in Nashua, NH and the closest one to me was in Tyngsboro, MA. I used to go there at least twice a week. I currently live in Tampa and would be making monthly trips to Sarasota until they open one in the Tampa Bay area.
Charles Schelle (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 04:49 PM
That's some dedication for Trader Joe's! Anyone willing to stand in line for the grand opening?
Shelly McDermott Whitaker September 04, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I am making the 1 1/2 hour drive to Traders Jones new Sarasota store this weekend!! Please keep coming North, we would love to have a Trader Joe's in Pinellas County! So excited
California Girl September 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
FINALLY!!!!! I've been begging them to open a Sarasota store for at least 20 years. Good-bye to all those FL "healthfood" stores that have been gouging us for years - we are finally free of your ridiculously inflated prices!! Whew! Thank you, Trader Joe's
Charles Schelle (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Here's another update on the grand opening of the Sarasota Trader Joe's: http://patch.com/A-x3LM
Noko Granny September 05, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Finally!! Adding Trader Joe's and Costco, to Publix's presence will enable us to eat well with many good choices. (I do like Whole Foods, but can't afford it most of the time.)
Charles Schelle (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Mary, not sure if you've heard, but Trader Joe's will open a store in Gainesville.

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