Trader Joe’s gets shopping carts as completion nears
If smoke signals fire, what do shopping carts signal?
If you’re a Trader Joe‘s groupie living in Central Florida, they’re a sign that your wait is nearly over. As Diagon Alley was removing its wall and Orlando City Soccer Club was revealing its stadium design, construction crews were moving at full speed so that the local population could Trade with Joe.
As retail outlets go, this is a big get for our corner of the world. The cult following TraderJoe‘s enjoys has shoppers driving great distances and planning vacations just to take part in their trade. Rarely does the tourism industry reap big benefits from a new retail location but, in this case, Joe could even have an impact on Mickey and Harry, bringing an added benefit to an Orlando vacation. Visit the theme parks, then spend an afternoon at Trader Joe‘s.
During a stop by the active construction site, I noticed plenty of progress since my last visit, and plenty still left to do at the majority of the development. Crews were working at several storefronts, and lay-down areas for equipment and supplies were in use all around the parking lot. But one small, nearly complete oasis has its exterior, signage and most of its parking lot all finished. And shopping carts.
Even from the sidewalk, a gaze toward the 12,500-square-foot store space reveals rows of carts both inside and outside the store. The lights are on and a few shelves are even visible. The only thing missing is the deluge of rabid shoppers. And maybe a media preview? What do you say, Joe?