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Trading Up: A Popular West Coast Market Invades Houston

Alabama Theater, cred. Houston Chronicle

West Coasters may not be able to settle the Portland versus Los Angeles debate. But they all agree on one thing: Trader’s Joe’s is one of the greatest things since sliced bread.

Trader Joe’s is a privately held specialty grocery store chain with locations mostly in southern California. But due to popular demand, the chain has been branching out to other states and gradually migrating east. Transplants from California, or transients that once called it home, usually find that Trader Joe’s cannot be replaced or outdone by even the quirkiest, most charming neighborhood markets across the country, and it certainly can’t be outdone by the likes of a big box mega-grocer.

At long last, Trader Joe’s will be setting up shop in Houston. Three Houston locations are already on the books according to the Houston Chronicle, with one going up in the Woodlands, one in Memorial and the other on Shepherd, where it will occupy one of the most iconic structures in the city.

Once again, people will flock to the Alabama Theater on the corner of Shepherd and West Alabama when Trader Joe’s opens its doors. The art deco theater is even getting a little face lift in preparation for the transition. Its “Alabama” sign is in the process of being restored. So we can all rest easy at night knowing that the landmark sign won’t be sacrificed for the sake of advertising.

Keep your eyes out for opening date announcements! Learn more about Trader Joe’s on their website, here.


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