Trader Joe’s scheduled to open Oct. 10

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Logo_staticCalifornia-based specialty grocery chain Trader Joe’s announced Monday it plans to open its first Colorado Springs location at University Village Oct. 10.

The 12,400-square-foot store at 5342 N. Nevada Ave. — near the intersection of Nevada Avenue and Garden of the Gods Road — will be open that day for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to a Trader Joe’s news release.

The chain prides itself on offering an “extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages including fresh baked artisan bread, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrees, 100 percent juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items and vitamins and supplements, as well as other basics, like milk and eggs,” according to the release.

The release stated the new store will feature the chain’s typical festive, Hawaiian motifs, as well as “local flair” and “art celebrating the neighborhood.”

This brings to six the number of Trader Joe’s locations in the state since the chain announced the opening of its first Colorado branch — a 14,000-square-foot store in Boulder — two years ago. Since then, the company has opened three stores in Denver, one in Greenwood Village, and plans to soon open two more in Denver and Fort Collins.

The buildout of the structure brings University Village to around 575,000 square feet, nearing its goal of 650,000, Olive Real Estate Group Inc. broker John Winsor told the Business Journal in March. Winsor has helped developers Kevin Kratt and Tom Cone broker space at University Village since it opened in 2009. Trader Joe’s will join four other anchors at the complex: Costco Wholesale Club, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Kohl’s and SteinMart.

The company had initially anticipated an early 2015 opening date, company spokesperson Alison Mochizuki told the Business Journal in March.

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