TAMPA — Mark your calendars because this is likely to become a holiday in Tampa.
Trader Joe's is scheduled to open its first location in the Tampa Bay area on March 21, according to employees putting the final touches on the store Tuesday at 3808 W Swann Ave.
Details about the grand opening haven't been announced.
The store is taking applications for store associates, who get to wear cool Hawaiian shirts and say they work at the hippest grocer around. People can apply at the grass skirt-trimmed table outside the store near Dale Mabry Highway.
In St. Petersburg, construction on another store is expected to begin in mid-March on the southwest corner of Fourth Street and 28th Avenue N. No opening date has been set.
The California-based specialty grocer is expanding quickly in Florida, which already has five locations. Others are set to open this year in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and Winter Park.
Store openings traditionally draw big crowds attracted to the distinctive products, affordable prices and private label brands. Hours of the Tampa store will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.