Trader Joe's to open in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trader Joe's, an offbeat grocery store with a cult-like following, will soon open a store in Sarasota.

After opening a store in Naples -- the first TJ's in Florida -- just last Friday, the company said it plans to open one at 4101 S. Tamiami Trail, in a former Rooms To Go location.

Similar to the Whole Foods chain, Trader Joe's stores tend to be smaller than a typical grocery store.  They also carry hundreds of items under their own brand.

The chain started out in Southern California as a small chain of convenience stores called Pronto Markets in 1958.  A decade later, the name changed to Trader Joe's, the stores got a little bigger, and began decorating with a South Pacific theme.

They now have more than 350 stores across the USA.

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