Trader Joe’s officially opened on 200 Kent Avenue on December 10. Christmas came early for TJ buffs like myself. To get to the store you take the escalator, elevator, or stairs (which are next to the escalator, but hidden somewhat) down one floor. There is parking entrance at the River Street side of the building.
Opening day a pannist played giving an island vibe to holiday and other songs. Staff didn’t skip a beat in being friendly and helpful. Trader Joe’s stated in a press release that, “As a neighborhood grocery store, Trader Joe’s prides itself on hiring from the local community. Roughly 80% of the entire Williamsburg Trader Joe’s Crew—and 100% of the store’s new hires—are from the neighborhood, with applications still being accepted online at traderjoes.com/careers. In addition, through the company’s longstanding Neighborhood Shares Program, the store will donate all products that go unsold—but remain fit to be enjoyed—to a range of non-profit, community-based organizations, seven days a week.”