Trader Joe’s Set to Open

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Foodies will have a new place to shop in Southern Oregon starting Friday because Trader Joe’s will finally open its doors after a long wait. Employees are stocking, straightening and preparing for the expected rush in the morning.

More than 70% of the store’s employees are local hires. Trader Joe’s is a basic grocery store with your produce, dairy, and meat, but the store manager NewsWatch12 spoke with on Thursday said it’s their own private label natural products that set them apart from other grocery stores in the area.

“We have 80% of our products are all our own private label,” said Store Manager Michael Daniel. “Anything under our products is free of preservatives, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors.”

Some of the crew members are also working as artists finish up signage for the store. Trader Joe’s doesn’t print their signs, employees hand draw all 4,000 of them in the store, including all of the price tags. Store employees also painted the murals on the walls inside the store. On Friday, shoppers will see the depiction of the Rogue River, local wineries and other outdoor activities enjoyed by Southern Oregonians.

The store manager says they don’t do any special sales or participate in coupons because the prices are already low, but on Friday they will hand out a reusable shopping bag to customers turning in a post card they might have received in the mail. The anticipation ends on Friday at 8 a.m. when they open at the Northgate Shopping Center.