Trader Joe’s, a unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages from the exotic to the basic, has scheduled a Friday, September 27 opening day for the Asheville location. The 13,000 square feet store is located at 120 Merrimon Avenue and the trading hours are 8A.M.-9P.M., daily. Crewmember applications are scheduled to be accepted beginning Monday, August 26 at 10A.M. Interested individuals need to apply in person at the store and can obtain an application on site or online.
The “Trader” in Trader Joe’s refers to the way the company blazed a distinct trail through the grocery industry, searching the world for great values and distinctive products. Store employees, dubbed “Crew Members,” consider themselves “traders on the culinary high seas.” Crew Members sport brightly colored Hawaiian-themed shirts, adding to the friendly and light-hearted air of the store.
Many area residents after the store opens can expect to receive a copy of the Trader Joe’s “Fearless Flyer” in their mailboxes. The Fearless Flyer is a somewhat irreverent description of a timely selection of Trader Joe’s products. It’s been called a cross between Consumer Reports and Mad Magazine. Each edition highlights a selection of Trader Joe’s products that the company buyers believe are worthy of customer interest, including comfort foods and items that are organic or have other special attributes.