Trader Joe’s to open Christiana store at end of the month

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Trader Joe’s will open its second Delaware store on April 30 at the Christiana Fashion Center southeast of Newark.

The new store will have more than 14,000 square feet at a portion of the site that formerly housed the off-price Saks off 5th store.

Store Captain, Trader Joe’s term for manager is Chris Brown, a 15-year veteran of the grocer.

The store will feature artwork that pays tribute to local landmarks and attractions, including New Castle Courthouse, George Read House, the former Chrysler Assembly Plant and the University of Delaware Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Trader Joe’s has operated a location in north Wilmington for more than a decade.

The store featureseveryday items as well as more unique importeddomestic and imported items not always found in U.S. supermarkets. Trader Joe’s in keeping with its West Coast roots, outfits staff in Hawaiian shirts.

Trader Joe’s ( began in 1967 in the Los Angeles area, and has since expanded to more than 515 stores, in 42 states and Washington, D.C.

Trader Joe’s is part of the holdings of a German family that also owns the Aldi chain. The two chains are operated separately from one another and are owned by different branches of the Albrechts.

The opening comes as another German family owned supermarket chain, Lidl continues work on its third Delaware store a short drive away from the Fashion Center in Bear.

Aldi operates five stores in Delaware.

Recently opened is another store with a grocery department, Target. The discount giant recently opened its fourth Delaware store at the Prices Corner Shopping Center west of Wilmington.

Aldi, Trader Joe’s and Lidl operate with lean staffs and offer pay and benefits above the going rate for grocery store workers.

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