So, today our Trader Joe's in Princeton, NJ officially opened! Happy day. :) Here is a picture story of our own Trader Joe's Adventure!
A group of us rode bikes over there - kids and all - to celebrate the grand opening of our new store.
There was actually a good group of people there at 8:30 am (1/2 hour before the store actually opened). There was music, coffee, and breakfast treats. Definitely a fun atmosphere.
A lady standing next to me told me how she was so excited for the opening. She mentioned that she would regularly travel the 45 minutes to get to the closest Trader Joe's (before this opening). Then she would call up her girlfriends to see if they needed anything while she was there. Trader Joe's has such dedicated and loyal followers. I was happy to be part of the group gathered this morning.
Around 8:50 the mayor of Princeton said some opening words. He shared how people have been asking him for years about getting a Trader Joe's. This was a long awaited store opening!
Along with the mayor were some congress women (I think that's who they were) and the Captain and First Mate of the new store (along with many employees - some working and others just there for fun). Then there was the official cutting of the lei to announce the store was opened.
On our way in, the employees were lined up on either side of the aisle and cheering for those coming in to the store. Very fun atmosphere and lots of excitement. If I can get my video working on the blog, I will post a video of it too.
Beautiful new store. Just walking around it felt comfortable and fun.
The lines around 9:30. They actually ran out of shopping carts. People were having to pick them up at the door as customers were leaving.
The end of a happy visit - the first of many!
I must confess - I only picked up a few things this trip. 1/2 gallon of milk, a nut mix (cranberries, almonds, and cashews - the best mix I've ever had), and bananas. I like to stick with my regular shopping day as Monday, but still had to be there for the opening.
Sunday night I'll post my first Trader Joe's meal plan (with a price estimation) and then a follow up post will come Monday or Tuesday on how we did with prices.
Happy weekending! Thanks for sharing in this fun day!