Trader Joe's will open a 13,000-square-foot store in Evanston early next year, the company announced today.
This will be the first outpost of the popular grocery store in Evanston, and the 14th in the state. Judging by the comments on a recent story about , as well as the responses on Evanston Patch's Facebook page to the Trader Joe's announcement that are heavily laced with exclamation points, the news will be warmly received by residents.
City officials expressed their delight as well.
"I am thrilled that Trader Joe's has signed a lease and is scheduled to come to Evanston in the next year," Third Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne, whose district will house the new store, said in a press release.
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl pointed to the announcement as a sign that Evanston's economy is "definitely on an upswing," according to the press release.
Trader Joe's said the store is slated to open in the first quarter of 2013.
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