The new Trader Joe's location is situated on a once-empty pad site that was previously occupied by a Michael's and smack in the middle of one of Houston's wealthiest concentration of residents. It's also directly across the street from an existing Randall's, and only a few short blocks away from a Whole Foods and a Kroger. How the discount grocery chain import will affect the business at those three long-standing stores remains to be seen.
This is the third Trader Joe's to open in the greater Houston area after The Woodlands store opened to huge crowds in June 2012 and a store inside the renovated Alabama Theater opened in September. At 14,000 square feet, the new Memorial-area store sits right between the other two Trader Joe's in terms of size: The Woodlands store is 13,500 square feet, while the Montrose store is slightly larger at 14,500 square feet.
If you endure the crowds this morning, let us know how the new store looks. We value our lives too much to brave a Brand New Trader Joe's Stampede.