Trader Joe’s announces Germantown store

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. -- What was once a Kroger store will soon house a Trader Joe's location.

"I've been to the one in Chicago. Everywhere I travel we try to go in there and get some goodies," said Lori Mullen.

Come late summer of 2016 Mullen won't have to make the eight hour drive to Chicago--Trader Joes will be right here practically in her backyard at 2130 Exeter Road in Germantown.

Trader Joe's has always been known for its inexpensive wine, and unique foods has been on Mid-Southerners wish list for years--even a "bring Trader Joe's to Memphis" Facebook page was created  garnering nearly 11,000 "likes".

Trader Joes would be just the latest of the grocery store "boom" that has hit Germantown.

In summer of 2015 alone a Kroger, Whole Foods and Sprouts opened, but Mullen said while there's competition, they promote healthy living.

"We all eat healthier and they have lots of different options at each of those places so I think here in Memphis we can support all of them,"she told WREG.

City Administrator Patrick Lawton agreed.

"Having a Trader Joe's in our market is just another opportunity to provide choice not only for Germantown residents but anybody else visiting our community," he said.

Shopper Nancy Deaton had some concerns about what the new supermarket will bring.

"That's the main thing I'm a little worried about is the traffic," she admitted.

But she said there would be other benefits to look forward to as well.

"It does open up that opportunity for jobs."

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