Trader Joe’s, a long anticipated addition to the University Mall, is set to open on Oct. 29.
The chain, which has stores throughout the west coast, has been notably quiet about the opening. Job interviews have been held in a portable building outside of the store and managers declined to comment.
Nonetheless, students expressed excitement about the new grocery.
“We really have to celebrate,” said fifth-year senior sociology major Katie Galliger. “Traders Joe’s is such an awesome institution and to have one come to Davis will blow my mind.”
Long a fan of the store, Galliger said she and some friends will be camping outside of the new location the night before the store’s opening. A Facebook page has been setup to promote the event and attendees are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts.
“We’ve done it probably like five times,” Galliger said. “Some people bring food and guitars and grills. Two Buck Chuck. Everyone wears a Hawaiian shirt. And the cops come because we play music, so we usually leave around two in the morning.”
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