The new Trader Joe's store is now open in Kalamazoo at the "Corner@Drake" shopping center at Drake Rd. and Stadium Drive.Plenty of shoppers were in the parking lot this morning to check out the new store. Today you enter through a balloon arch around the double doors. Plenty of staff in Hawaiian shirts answering questions.

Inside, the store is filled with shoppers. It looks like a typical Trader Joe's; the Kalamazoo store similar the Grand Rapids locations, except maybe the layout is reversed.

One funny, unintentional, sight gag. Trader Joe's hired an acoustic guitar player for today's opening. As you turn the corner and without thinking, who does this musician in the refrigerated food section resemble?

Trader Joes Grand Opening
Dave Benson/TSM

So many people have said they wanted a Trader Joe's in Kalamazoo. Well, it's finally here.


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