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Trader Joe's to Open Sarasota Store

Natural foods grocery store Trader Joe's will open a store in Sarasota in the third quarter of 2012.

Update: The Sarasota Herald-Tribune is reporting that Trader Joe's announced they signed a lease for the former Rooms To Go furniture store at 4101 S. Tamiami Trail.

Earlier: Trader Joe's fans in Sarasota may get their wish for a store to open here.

A spokeswoman for Trader Joe's told Patch today that the company is looking to open a store in Sarasota sometime in the third quarter of this year.

A location and opening date have not been determined, she said.

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.

Sarasota would be Trader Joe's second store in Florida. The first Trader Joe's in Florida just opened Friday in North Naples.

Another spokeswoman for the company could not confirm additional Trader Joe's stores in Florida. The Sarasota store is considered unconfirmed for now, she said, as there is nothing in writing yet.

caroltheredhat April 29, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Trader Joe's in Ann Arbor, Mich was our 1st intro to the store---Our daughter lives in Jackson, Mich and drives to TJ 's. We have just moved to a condo here in Bradenton after living for 15 years in THE VILLAGES, FLA. they have nothing to compare for shopping . $2 Buck Chuck wine is what drew our attention brought back 2 cases to share with our friends!! Caroltheredhat
Sharon Kahnoski June 08, 2012 at 07:10 PM
we are eager to shop at a Trader Joe's in florida close to us. just love their selections
Charles Schelle June 20, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Update: http://patch.com/A-vyr6
Hapy September 04, 2012 at 09:10 PM
If only trader Joe's could open a store in Lakeland, or even in Tampa. I have to travel all the way to Naples to get my groceries. I could get more groceries for the money I spend on gas to go to Naples.
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

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