BRICK – The long-awaited grand opening of Ocean County’s first Trader Joe’s location is here! The company announced that the new Brick location will open its doors on Thursday, Oct. 17 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:55 a.m.
The grand opening event will feature live music, tastings and giveaways.
Trader Joe’s is a chain that defines itself as “a neighborhood grocery store with amazing food and drink from around the globe and around the corner” offering up “great quality at great prices,” according to the company.
The now-national chain began as a small collection of “eclectic Southern California convenience stores.” Trader Joe’s boasts 492 stores across the country, about a dozen of which are located in New Jersey. However, most of these locations reside in the northern area of the state, leaving only a few within reach for Ocean County residents.
Now, Ocean County residents will have much easier and more convenient access to Trader Joe’s goods at the new spot, located at 110 Brick Plaza.
Trader Joe’s has 13 stores in New Jersey and only two of them – Westfield and Princeton – sell beer, wine and spirits. The Brick location will not sell alcohol.
Brick Township officials announced the approval for the Trader Joe’s site in the township back in April 2019. The Brick Trader Joe’s has taken up the space that previously housed an Ethan Allen furniture store.
“I know it’s been the most requested business to come to Brick, and it’s been six hard years of trying to get them here,” said Mayor John G. Ducey.
Trader Joe’s marks the first new grocery store in the area since the A&P closed in 2015, which now houses Marshalls, HomeGoods and Michael’s Crafts.