Trader Joe's Opens First Buffalo Area Store

Oct 22, 2013

Trader Joe's has opened its first store in the Buffalo, New York, area at Boulevard Consumer Square, a Benderson Development-owned shopping center on Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst.

Large crowds turned out for the Grand Opening on Friday, October 11. The party-like festivities included a ceremonial lei-cutting and steel drum band. The line of people waiting to enter started to form as early as 3:00 a.m. and stretched around the store by opening. A steady flow of customers were thrilled as employees greeted them with free cookies and sweets, and free reusable grocery bags.

Trader Joe’s is a boutique grocery store with a devoted following willing to travel for its organic offerings. According to company officials, 90 percent of the products in the stores are privately labeled and don’t have as many additives as other foods. The 12,000-square-foot Amherst store acknowledges local landmarks with hand-painted murals of familiar sights such as Niagara Falls, the Peace Bridge, and the University of Buffalo campus. Trader Joe’s is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, California. The company has more than 470 locations, half of which are in California, and the remainder in 30 other states and Washington, D.C.