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Trader Joe's announces plans to open in Schaumburg

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  • Trader Joe's, a neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages ranging from the everyday to the exotic, announced it's coming to Schaumburg.

       Trader Joe's, a neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages ranging from the everyday to the exotic, announced it's coming to Schaumburg.
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Trader Joe's, a neighborhood grocery store with food and beverages ranging from the everyday to the exotic, announced it's coming to Schaumburg.

The California-based company signed a lease to open a new store in 2015 at the northeast corner of East Golf Road and North Meacham Road within Woodfield Village Green shopping center.

The 12,500-square-foot grocery store will feature a festive décor that mixes traditional Trader Joe's elements such as cedar covered walls and Hawaiian motifs, according to a news release.

The "Trader" in Trader Joe's refers to the way the company blazed a distinct trail through the grocery industry, searching the world for great values and distinctive products. Store employees, dubbed "crew members," consider themselves "traders on the culinary high seas."

Trader Joe's carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages including fresh baked artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrees, 100 percent juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items, and vitamins and supplements, as well as the basics, like milk and eggs.

Trader Joe's buys differently than other grocers -- they purchase from manufacturers, not through distributors. They'll take a brand name product, take out the preservatives and artificial colors and ingredients, and put it under their Trader Joe's label.

Trader Joe's introduces approximately a dozen new items every week, heightening the store's adventurous appeal.

Trader Joe's began in 1958 in the Los Angeles area. Since then, Trader Joe's has expanded to more than 400 stores in 35 states.

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