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Trader Joe's Fan Starts Online Petition: Come to Broward

Nadine Whiteman loves Trader Joe's. The former New Yorker used to shop at the organic market, which features fair-priced produce, cheap wine, and private-label foods. A nurse living in Hollywood, Whiteman misses her trips to Trader Joe's so much that she's started a campaign to bring the store to Broward County.

Whiteman has set up an online petition where fans of the store can add their name to a growing list of fans who want to be able to buy Two-Buck Chuck, Trader Joe's famous cheap wine, in their neighborhood. So far, Whiteman says she has about 460 signatures on the petition she started Sunday. She says she wants at least 2,000 virtual signatures before she sends it in to Trader Joe's corporate office in California.

Whiteman isn't just hoping people will find her webpage either. Fueled

by a story in the Sun-Sentinel about her grassroots effort, Whiteman

got energized and started calling local politicians to get them

onboard. "I've written the mayor's office and county commissioners," she says. "I've already had a county commissioner sign the petition, so I'm really

hopeful. If the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority can get

behind actively pursuing Trader Joe's, then so can Broward."

Whiteman is talking about the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority's "What would I trade to have Trader Joe's?" campaign, started last month. 


Mochizuki in the publicity department at Trader Joe's headquarters told

Clean Plate Charlie that the only Florida location they are announcing

at this time is the Naples location, which opened February 10. That

doesn't necessarily rule out any plans for Trader Joe's to come to

Broward County. It just confirms Trader Joe's policy to keep mum on any

projects in the works.

Click here to sign the petition to get Trader Joe's to Broward County.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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