Ripe for the picking, bananas are stacked waiting for Colorado customers at Trader Joe’s. The West Coast grocer opened stores Friday in Denver,
Ripe for the picking, bananas are stacked waiting for Colorado customers at Trader Joe's. The West Coast grocer opened stores Friday in Denver, Boulder and Greenwood Village.

Colorado Springs Trader Joe's fanatics, your wish has been granted: The ultra-popular specialty grocer will open its first Colorado Springs store in 2015.

The California-based chain has signed a lease to open a 12,500-square-foot grocery at the University Village Colorado shopping center, northwest of Nevada Avenue and Garden of the Gods Road, a Trader Joe's spokeswoman said Tuesday.

"I can tell you this community is truly wonderful and has a lot of 'foodies' and we're really excited about being part of it," said Alison Mochizuki, Trader Joe's public relations director.

An opening date hasn't been determined, she said.

People crowd into the new Trader Joe’s at Colorado Boulevard and East Eighth Avenue for the grand opening of the specialty grocery store Friday. Two
People crowd into the new Trader Joe's at Colorado Boulevard and East Eighth Avenue for the grand opening of the specialty grocery store Friday. Two other Trader Joe's locations in Colorado also opened Friday. (RJ Sangosti photos, The Denver Post)

Colorado residents watched for years as Trader Joe's opened stores around the country, but never here. Now, the chain has arrived almost with a sense of urgency; it opened three stores Feb. 14 in Denver, Greenwood Village and Boulder, and plans to open a second Denver location and one in Fort Collins later this year.

Get more on this report about a new Colorado Springs Trader Joe's at Gazette.com.



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