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Photos: Coralville Trader Joe’s opening draws shoppers to its tiki-themed aisles

Posted by Lauren Shotwell | Oct 6, 2017 | Community/News

Photos by Jason Smith

Shoppers lined up for the opening of Trader Joe’s in Coralville on Friday, Oct. 6. — photo by Jason Smith

The grocery store chain Trader Joe’s opened its much-anticipated Coralville store Friday morning to a line of shoppers eager to browse the tiki-themed aisles and bring home some of the store’s specialty items — I’m looking at you, Speculoos Cookie Butter.

The queued-up shoppers were treated to cookies while waiting in a line that wrapped around the parking lot. Employees walked around giving high-fives and handing out leis in celebration of the opening.

Trader Joe’s, which started in Los Angeles in 1958, now has more than 465 stores in 41 states. This is the second store to open in Iowa. The first store opened in West Des Moines in 2010.

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