For weeks, John Powell and Diana Yau have been taking evening walks by the new Montrose Trader Joe’s, peeking inside the windows. When they finally stepped inside during the grand opening Friday morning, Powell had one word to describe the moment: euphoric.
“We’ve been giddy. It’s been the No. 1 conversation,” said Yau, toting a shopping bag filled with dog treats.
More than 150 people crowded at the store’s front door at 8 a.m. as employees donned colorful leis on shoppers and a Reggae band played Bob Marley’s “Stir it Up.”
Store manager Rachel Peterson said the “great turnout” was slightly more than what’s typically seen at Trader Joe’s openings.
Councilman Ara Najarian said that when the city approved the grocery store a few years ago, officials knew it would be well-received.
But as as checkout lines snaked down the store’s front aisle, even he said the turnout was surprising.