Tuesday, May 3, 2011 , Updated 10:56 p.m., November 8, 2011
UPDATEDx4: Trader Joe’s coming to Dallas — and Fort Worth
First Dallas Trader Joe's will open by the end of 2011.
After years of speculation, Trader Joe's is finally coming to Dallas, with a plan to open multiple locations in the big three: Dallas, Austin, and Houston.
According to the DMN story, which is behind a paywall, the initial rollout will include 10 stores in Texas, and the first store in Dallas will open within the year; they're looking at both inside the city limits and suburbs.
But even a year ago, the company was denying it had plans to expand here.
Aldi and Trader Joe's have different inventories and attitudes. Aldi is no frills: You can't use credit cards, you have to deposit a quarter to use their shopping carts (you get it back), and they charge for bags.
Trader Joe's started out as a wine and cheese store with deep discounts, and is best known for its private-label goods like nuts, candied ginger, and packaged goods like Belgian chocolate, gourmet crackers, and frozen foods.
UPDATE: As to the exact where and when, company spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said the company was scouting for sites, but wasn't yet able to confirm the exact location for the Dallas store.
"Dallas, and frankly the entire state of Texas, is a place we’ve wanted to be for a long time," she said in a statement. "We are a company that grows in a very controlled and thoughtful way in order to maintain the Trader Joe’s customer experience. We’re excited about bringing Trader Joe’s to the wonderful cities, towns, and neighborhoods in and around Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and beyond. We are actively looking for sites and we’re anxious to identify some great locations and begin hiring Crew Members."
UPDATEX2: Three locations have emerged as likely spots for stores: Knox Street, Walnut Hill & 75, and Fort Worth.
UPDATEX3: It looks like a Fort Worth location may open at 2701 S. Hulen Street, according to the Dallas Business Journal, who unearthed a sales tax application for that address with the state of Texas for "Trader Joe’s No. 404."
The current occupant of 2701 S. Hulen Street is Dorian's Interior Designs. An employee at the store said she hadn't heard that the location was moving, but said that the store was currently in the process of changing its identity over to Stacy Furniture, which has locations in Plano and Allen.
UPDATEX4: Trader Joe's confirmed the 2701 South Hulen Street store in Fort Worth. A larger store will also open in The Woodlands, a Houston suburb. The two stores represent Trader Joe's first venture into Texas.
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