Trader Joe's is edging closer to the Tampa Bay market with confirmation that the grocer will open its second Florida store in south Sarasota this year. The location, at 4101 S Tamiami Trail, is a former Rooms To Go. The California-based but German-owned grocer known for its eclectic selection of budget gourmet foods and Three Buck Chuck wines (after a recent $1 price increase) also has settled with Florida tomato pickers by agreeing to pay a penny-a-pound premium for their crops. It's the same Fair Food Code of Conduct agreement signed by Burger King, Whole Foods Market and several other restaurant and grocery chains to improve wages and working conditions for migrant farmworkers. The Florida Coalition of Immokalee Workers had picketed Trader Joe's for weeks in Los Angeles before the company opened a store last week in Naples within 20 miles of Immokalee, a hub of Florida tomato production. After the agreement was signed, picketers at the Naples Trader Joe's moved back to a nearby Publix. The coalition said 50 members will start a protest fast March 5 capped by a demonstration at Publix's headquarters in Lakeland on March 12.
Trader Joe's to open store in Sarasota
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