NAPLES, Fla -- A person at the Trader Joe's headquarters in California confirms to WINK News that it's Naples store will open February 10.
The trademark red letters have been up for weeks and now the countdown can begin. For those familiar with the chain from up north, it's exciting news.
Fran Osborn is originally from Massachusetts. She was thrilled to hear Naples will be home to Florida's first Trader Joes. "I like their products, I shopped their regularly when I lived in Massachusetts."
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce has had ten ribbon cuttings in less than a month and on February 10, they'll add another new business to the community.
"I think it's definitely generating conversation and peaking interest for people who aren't aware of what it's all about, so I think it will be really good for the community," says Barbara Leone of Naples.
The Trader Joes in Naples will be the first in the state of Florida. The next closest is more than 450 miles away in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The new store will be just off US 41 and Immokalee Road in the North Naples Granada Shoppes. The hope is that all the Trader Joes traffic will boost business throughout the plaza.
Leone says, "When we lost Borders, that was a big anchor for this plaza, so to see someone big that is going to generate some business over here, I think that's wonderful."
No word yet on how many jobs this Trader Joe's will bring to the area.