Only a couple of hours after the doors were opened, parked cars ringed the building.
SWMBO said she probably wouldn't go near the store for a week or so because it would be mobbed. During the months since the store was announced there has been a running feud going on in the local paper. On one side people like me who said they couldn't wait for the store to open. On the other side the grumps who said it wouldn't be popular. Guess which side won the argument today?
The employees wear Trader Joe's t-shirts or Hawaiian shirts.
I merely walked through the store, taking pictures. I didn't even try to shop. Not today. But lots of people did.
A couple of doors down, a Five Guys hamburger shop appeared to be still under construction.
I asked a fellow bolting steel tables together when they would open.
"11 o'clock," he said. That was less than an hour away. He said at 8 o'clock this morning they didn't have any tables.
There's another shop - the House of Bread Bakery Cafe - in between Five Guys and TJ's but it looks like it's opening is a little ways away yet.
Meantime, adjacent to the Trader Joe's property more ground has been cleared and leveled in preparation for construction of another row of shops. Sort of looks like the economy is recovering.