Williamsburg Trader Joe’s to open next weekend

The lobby in early November.
Photo by Cate Corcoran

Trader Joe’s Williamsburg outpost will officially open Friday, Dec. 10, the store announced Thursday.

When Brooklyn Paper’s sister publication Brownstoner stopped by 200 Kent Ave. Sunday, a mural decorating the entrance had been completed and work was still going on inside.

Opening day will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live music, according to a store press release. The mural visible from the street and other artwork in the store “pays tribute to area landmarks and local lore,” such as the Williamsburg Bridge and the “area’s prominent biking culture,” said the release.

The store on Nov. 28.Photo by Cate Corcoran

Rumors of opening dates have been flying online, with some saying Black Friday, Nov. 30, December and even January.

Trader Joe’s signed a lease for the space back in 2015, according to a story in Crain’s at the time. That was back before Whole Foods opened on Bedford. The grocer has two other locations in the borough, in Boerum Hill — where the lines wrap around the block — and at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn. Another location recently opened not far from Williamsburg in Long Island City.

The developer is Cornell Realty Management, who are active in the borough. They purchased the property in 2016 for $33 million. Michael Even is the architect of record, and LIVWRK handled the design of the building.

This story first appeared on Brownstoner.