3 Trader Joe’s grocery stores open in Metro Denver Friday

DENVER — Trader Joe’s officially opened in Colorado Friday morning.

The popular California-based neighborhood grocery store chain opened three stores in metro Denver around 8 a.m. Friday.

One is at E. 8th Ave. and Colorado Boulevard in Denver. A second one is near S. University Boulevard and Orchard Road at Cherry Hills Marketplace. The third store is in Boulder at Twenty-Ninth Street.

FOX31 Denver was on hand for the Hawaiian-themed chain’s usual lei cutting opening ceremony Friday morning. You can watch it in the video above.

Other Trader Joe’s locations – including one in Fort Collins and one at E. Seventh Avenue and Logan Street in Denver – will open later next year.

The Colorado Boulevard location is slated to be about 18,000 square feet with a detached liquor store. Under Colorado state law, this means no other Trader Joe’s will be able to sell alcohol.

Trader Joe’s is generally known for its trendy varieties of ethnic and specialty foods, as well as its famous Charles Shaw wine, often called “Two-Buck Chuck.” It actually costs $2.99 now.