Openings and Closings

Trader Joe's Fort Lauderdale Announces Grand Opening Date

Trader Joe's, the tropical-themed grocer that specializes in wallet-friendly food items and GMO-free products, has announced an opening date for its newest Broward location.

Trader Joe's Fort Lauderdale, located at 1590 N. Federal Highway, in the 1600 Commons shopping plaza, will open at 8 a.m. Thursday, October 15. So far, details on opening-day celebrations haven't been released, but expect samplings, parties, music, and complimentary leis.

The Fort Lauderdale store opens right on the heels of another Broward location. Trader Joe's will open a 9,300-square-foot store in Davie at Tower Shops (2296 S. University Drive) on Friday, September 25. 

This, the 17th Trader Joe's in Florida, will be about 10,100 square feet of items, featuring unique items like Speculoos Cookie Butter, Two Buck Chuck wine, and Trader Jose beer, imported from Mexico. The store carries an extensive lineup of domestic and imported foods and beverages, as well as everything from doggy cookies to greeting cards and fresh flowers — all at prices lower than the usual trip to a boutique grocer.


The Monrovia, California-based company provides lower prices by offering more than 3,000 items under the Trader Joe's private label family which includes Trader Ming's fried rice, Trader Giotto's olive oil, and Trader Joe's own cereals. The items, purchased directly from the manufacturer, are also free of  artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, synthetic colors, MSG, genetically modified ingredients, and partially hydrogenated oils (artificial trans-fats).

All this low-cost food is presented in a tropical environment presided over by friendly Hawaiian-shirt-wearing crew members who actually help you find things. In addition, the store always has free coffee and food samples in a dedicated area reserved for complimentary treats, in case you need a little pick-me-up before shopping.

After years of petitions and begging, Trader Joe's finally opened its first southeast Florida store in October 2013, in the Miami-Dade suburb of Pinecrest. Since then, Trader Joe's has opened in Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and Pembroke Pines. 
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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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