Trader Joe's, the tropical-themed grocer that's part shopping experience, part obsession, is coming to Davie.
The Monrovia, California-based chain that offers a host of well-priced, private-label food items and cheap wines, is opening a store at the Tower Shops in Davie, at 1904 S. University Drive. According to Federal Realty, which handles the center's leasing, the Trader Joe's space is 12,002 square feet.
The Daily Business Review reports that Trader Joe's is scheduled to open late 2015 or early 2016 and will become an anchor tenant, which is adding an additional 50,000 square feet of shopping space.
For years, Trader Joe's hasn't had a presence in Southeast Florida, and fans of the store's GMO-free products and Charles Shaw Wine (lovingly named Two-Buck Chuck) either made the trek to Naples, Florida, to stock up on supplies or had relatives ship items to the Trader Joe's devotees who crave Speculoos Cookie Butter and Inner Peas. In 2012, fans started a petition to bring Trader Joe's to Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach city officials even offered to rename the city Trader Joe's, Florida, in exchange for a location.
The first Trader Joe's on Florida's southeastern coast opened in the Miami suburb of Pinecrest in October 2013, and the market chain has since been on a roll. A Trader Joe's has opened in Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and Pembroke Pines. A Fort Lauderdale store, to be located at 1590 N. Federal Highway, is opening in 2015.