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Trader Joe’s Expected to Open Long Island City Store By End of Summer

The Prime Building, located at 22-43 Jackson Ave., on Jan. 13. Trader Joe’s will occupy the ground floor of the building (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post).

Jan. 14, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

The Trader Joe’s store planned for Long Island City is expected to open before the end of the summer, according to a company spokesperson.

The grocery store chain is poised to move into a mixed-use building currently being constructed at 22-43 Jackson Ave.

Trader Joe’s will take up a 17,000 square-foot ground floor space of the 11-story, 70-unit building called the Prime Building. The building appears to be nearing completion with all the floor-to-ceiling windows now installed.

“We do not have an opening date as of yet, but we are hoping to open our Long Island City store before the end of the summer,” Trader Joe’s spokesperson Kenya Friend-Daniel told the Queens Post.

The store was originally expected to open in late 2020.

The new supermarket will compete with Foodcellar, which has a store in Court Square and another in Hunters Point, as well as Urban Market on 50th Avenue and Key Food on 44th Drive.

The Long Island City store will be the second Trader Joe’s location in Queens, as there is one in Rego Park.

Trader Joe’s is known for its quality products at affordable prices. It sells its own label products instead of name brands at lower costs.

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