Trader Joe's set to open store in Sarasota

Store already in Naples; Another planned for Gainesville

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trader Joe's is gearing up to open its second Florida location.

The trendy grocery store chain will open in a former furniture store on Friday.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that company officials say more than 1,500 people applied for jobs and at least 80 percent of the employees are local residents.

Trader Joe's opened a store in Naples in February and another is planned for Gainesville by the end of the year.

The chain features a majority of private label items and offers no coupons, sales or special promotions.

It also buys directly from manufactures to keep costs down.

The store features Trader Joe's signature decor -- a mix of cedar walls and Hawaiian motifs.

The newspaper reports wall murals feature the region's beaches, circus heritage and cultural life.

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