Both Ogawa and Gitlin are graduate students in economics at Northwestern University, but they said their decision to camp out wasn't an economic one. There was no prize for the first person in line--simply the glory of being first.
"Might as well procrastinate here rather than at home," Gitlin quipped.
Asked whether they slept well, Gitlin admitted that the store's lights shone into their tents all night, and that a crew came to set up for the grand opening around 4 a.m.
But the disruptions to their sleep didn't dim their excitement.
"I just really like Trader Joe's," Gitlin said.
He and Ogawa were joined by fellow Evanston resident Delores Walker around 6:30 a.m. Walker said she knew the store was opening and couldn't sleep, so she decided to head over early.
"I thought I was going to be the first one," she added.