Here comes Trader Joe’s

They’re opening the first Houston-area store in the Woodlands, which doesn’t count as far as I’m concerned. But it’s all right, the one I am interested in will follow behind shortly.

The 13,500-square-foot store at 10868 Kuykendahl has a fraction of the items found in a big supermarket but does offer a trove of gourmet and organic items, often value priced. For example, a 15-ounce box of toasted whole grain oats cereal is $1.99.

The store’s grand opening is Friday, 8 a.m. The Woodlands store and one opening in Fort Worth the same day will be the first two Trader Joe’s in Texas.


Monrovia, Calif.-based Trader Joe’s will open two more Houston-area stores this year, in the Memorial area at 1440 S. Voss and in the Montrose area at 2922 S. Shepherd in the renovated Alabama Theater.

The Montrose store opens Sept. 21, and the Memorial store will open in the fourth quarter of the year, Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said.

There are also plans for stores in San Antonio, Dallas, Plano and Austin.

See here, here, and here for some background. We’ve enjoyed visiting Trader Joe’s when we’re in Portland with my folks. It’ll be nice to have one here nearby. Between this, the Dunlavy HEB, and the Waugh Whole Foods, Montrose is clearly the grocery store capital of Houston. Prime Property has more on the goings on at the Alabama Theater location.

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