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Trader Joe's gives WAAY 31 a peek inside before Thursday grand opening

The store manager said they've had people in the parking lot every day, sharing how eager they are for the grand opening.

Posted: Sep 28, 2021 4:29 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2021 6:30 PM

The countdown is on until Thursday morning when the first Trader Joe’s in North Alabama opens for business in the Rocket City. 

Workers were busy Tuesday putting the final touches on the store in the MidCity District. WAAY-31 cameras were allowed inside the store for a behind-the-scenes look as they stocked shelves and prepared for a flood of customers.

"I think people like us because we are such a cool concept," Jerimy Krepps, store manager, said. "We are that neighborhood grocery store that people love."

The store will make grocery shopping a little more colorful, too. Trader Joe's staff of artists painted the murals on the walls, with large rockets strapped to produce and scenes from local natural parks on display.

“I think, for people, it’s kind of an adventure in shopping, and that’s what connects people," Kreeps said.

When Huntsville economic developers asked the public over the years what they wanted to see in the city, the surveys always had "Trader Joe's" as a favorite.

“I have heard from a lot of people out there, driving through our parking lot every day, talking about how much they’ve been waiting for this to open," Kreeps said. "We are excited, and the outpouring from the community shows everyone’s really excited.”

Trader Joe’s opens to the public Thursday and will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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