Amherst, NY (WIVB) - After Trader Joe's much-anticipated grand opening Friday, curious shoppers flocked to check out the new grocery chain's first Western New York location Saturday.
All day, cars were constantly coming and going from the parking lots. Spaces filled back up, just as quickly as they emptied. And a steady stream of people beelined in and out the door.
Niagara Falls Boulevard is already a notoriously congested six-lane highway. So how will the opening of this extremely popular new store impact traffic?
"Getting in was not too bad, believe it or not. I parked way over there, so I didn't have to fight any cars getting in and out," Tonawanda resident Carolyn Ososki told News 4.
"But, trying to get in the store? ...Actually, was kind of neat," she laughed. "Everyone going in and out, and there's really no lane."
Ososki said was impressed with the selection of yogurts, hummus, cheeses and olive oils. She vowed to return... when she has less company.g space opened up, it was taken again.
With the novelty of this being Trader Joe's first location in the Buffalo area, it was attracting more than your typical grocery-shopping crowd Saturday.
Ed Hoffman, of Cheektowaga, said his brother who lives in California turned him on to "T.J.'s."
"It's all unique stuff. It's, like, not your average grocery store. They have a bunch of different stuff in here," Hoffman explained.
Flora Harris drove over from Buffalo to see what all of the buzz was about.
"Very crowded. Prices are good. Unusual items, that you don't find in a regular store," she observed.
Sam Cocco traveled even farther. The Niagara Falls, Ontario resident explained, Canada doesn't have Trader Joe's.
"It's busy. Very busy. You can hardly move in the aisles!" Cocco said.
Asked if traffic was difficult to navigate on Niagara Falls Boulvevard, Ososki, Harris, Hoffman and Cocco all said the same thing: they had no trouble.
"Not bad, not bad. No, no," Cocco said. "We do that all the time."
"T.J.'s is, like, the bomb. They got 'em out in L.A.; they got 'em all over. Now Buffalo's got 'em. So I'm glad they brought T.J.'s to [the] Buffalo area," Hoffman said.
Amherst Police have put up "no parking or standing" signs along Romney Drive, the road you have to use to access Trader Joe's parking lot, trying to keep any traffic overflow from worsening congestion.
If at any point in the future it became necessary to widen Niagara Falls Boulevard or change the turning lanes, the responsibility would lie with New York State's DOT - the Boulevard is a state highway.
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