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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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 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 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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