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.
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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.