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Trader Joe's unveils Woodlands store on Friday; date set for Montrose store opening

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This flyer about the Trader Joe's store opening has been sent to residents of The Woodlands Photo by Marlo Saucedo

The time is near.

Residents in The Woodlands have received a flyer announcing that the Trader Joe's in their neighborhood opens Friday at 8 a.m. The 13,500-square-foot store at 10868 Kuykendahl in the Woodlands Crossing Shopping Center is the first of three stores that the Monrovia, Calif.-based chain plans for the Houston area.

 The wildly popular chain is known for its quirky offerings and private label brands. A typical supermarket might offer 50,000 items, but Trader Joe's stocks only about 4,000 brands.

 The Montrose Trader Joe's, in the renovated Alabama Theatre at 2922 S. Shepherd, will open on Sept. 21, store officials told the Houston Chronicle. The Memorial store at 1440 S. Voss is scheduled to debut before the end of the year.

The wildly popular chain is known for its quirky offerings and private label brands. A typical supermarket might offer 50,000 items, but Trader Joe's stocks only about 4,000 brands. Stores are smaller and sparser to keep prices down, but offerings include gourmet foods, organic items, vegetarian and unusual frozen and imported foods aimed at a sophisticated clientele as well as staples like bread, cereal, eggs, coffee and produce and non-food items like household cleanser, plants and personal hygiene products.

The flyer touts the chain's Charles Shaw wines, otherwise known as "Two Buck Chuck," which retail for $2.99 a bottle. In anticipation of Trader Joe's entry into the Houston market, Whole Foods Market and H-E-B also offer wine at $2.99 a bottle.

In the flyer, Trader Joe's also trumpets eclectic offerings such as white corn tortilla chips ($2.99 a bag), Mandarin orange chicken ($4.99 for a 22-ounce package), Joe O's cereal (the in-house version of Cheerios at $1.99 for a 15-ounce box), Columbia Supremo Coffee ($7.99 a bag), roasted seaweed snacks (99 cents a bag), microwavable organic brown rice ($3.49 for three 10-ounce packets), and grass-fed New Zealand sharp cheddar cheese ($5.49 pound).

The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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