By the time you read this, Trader Joe’s will be open at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street. Yes, that sound was your stomach grumbling.
The quirky supermarket — with its Hawaiian-shirt-wearing workers, its private-label offerings and its really really good prices — was set to open on Friday in the restored Independence Bank building.
Beneath hand-drawn facsimiles of iconic Brooklyn sites, such as Ebbets Field and Coney Island, an army of employees were still busily stocking shelves and freezer cases this week with Trader Joe’s own mandarin orange chicken, potstickers and wild salmon ($5.99 a pound? Are they kidding!); snacks like black pepper and garlic pistachios; and a row of healthy cereals that spans a half-block.
The shop’s “captain” Greg Glei — a trader on the culinary high seas can’t be called a mere “manager,” he explained — said the store even installed 18 checkout stations to avert backups.
Trader Joe’s (corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street in Cobble Hill) is open from 9 am–9 pm every day.