Are you ready Meridian? Trader Joe’s sets its grand opening date for new location

BoiseDev first broke word that Trader Joe’s would open its second Idaho location in Meridian.

Now, the chain set an opening date for Cookie Butter-seeking shoppers, according to the Meridian Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber will host a ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the new store in the former Roseaur’s on Eagle Rd. in Meridian. The party starts at 8:30am on Thursday, October 17th.

The retailer also, finally, posted the new store on its website. The company still officially lists the opening date as “TBD.”

Trader Joe’s will only take up a portion of the large former Rosaeurs store, in keeping with its usual smaller footprint. The Meridian store measures 16,744 square feet according to permit records with the City of Meridian. That measures about 3,000 square feet larger than the Boise location.

Trader Joe’s first entered Idaho with a location in Downtown Boise at Capitol Blvd. and Front St. in 2014. The parking lot at the Boise Trader Joe’s store follows a joked-about trend: tight, cramped and full. Parking at the Meridian is more plentiful, owing to its suburban location.

The Meridian Trader Joe’s store joins a grocery boom in the area. A second outlet of the Boise Co-Op opened at the Village at Meridian in 2015. Albertsons Companies opened the largest store it owns at Fairview and Eagle under the Albertsons Market Street banner earlier this year. The newer stores join a Walmart Supercenter near the corner of Fairview and Eagle.

Rosaeurs closed in 2017 after five years in business. The Meridian store was the Spokane-based grocer’s only Treasure Valley location.

Trader Joe’s operates nearly 500 stores across the US. The grocer focuses on pre-packaged goods and discount store brands, with a selection of produce, bakery and food and wine products.

(Thanks, Brooke, for the grand opening tip!)

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