AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - Friday at 8 a.m. Trader Joe's grocery store will open for business in Amherst. The 12,000 square-foot store on 1565 Niagara Falls Boulevard will be open from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Customers will find Trader Joe's signature festive decor, which mixes cedar covered walls, Hawaiian inspired elements and some "local flare" including art that celebrates the neighborhood. Hand painted murals that pay homage to local landmarks including the "big blue water tower", University of Buffalo, a lighthouse, Buffalo's skyline, Williamsville water mill complex, the Peace Bridge, Niagara Falls and more adorn the walls.
The "Trader" in Trader Joe's refers to the way the company blazed a distinctive trail through the grocery industry, searching the world for great values and exotic products.
Employees are dubbed "Crew Members" and they consider themselves traders on the culinary high seas. Crew members will wear brightly colored Hawaiian themed shirts, which adds to the light hearted and friendly store environment, store representatives say.
Trader Joe's carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages including fresh baked artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen foods, 100% juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items, vitamins and minerals, as well as basics like milk and eggs.
Trader Joe's also has its own label. They offer more than 3,000 of their own items which include salsas, fried rice, marinara sauces and specialty purchased items. Trader Joe's also introduces approximately a dozen new items every week, heightening the store's adventurous appeal.
After the store opens, area residents can expect to receive a copy of the Trader Joe's "Fearless Flyer" in their mailboxes. The Fearless Flyer is a somewhat irreverent description of a timely selection of Trader Joe's products. It's been called a cross between Consumer Reports and Mad Magazine. Each edition highlights a selection of Trader Joe's products that the company buyers believe are worthy of customer interest, including comfort foods and items that are organic or have other special attributes.
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