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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Trader Joe’s will soon make its home in Butler Plaza

Roxanne Woltil can’t wait to get her hands on a box of Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Cookie Thins.

In the past, the 22-year-old elementary education graduate student had to wait for her sister, who lived in Wisconsin, to send her crisp cookies and other treats from Trader Joe’s, a specialty grocery store. Naples is home to the only Trader Joe’s in Florida.

But according to an agreement on file with the Alachua County Clerk of Courts, the store signed a 10-year lease agreement on a space in Butler Plaza in May.

On Wednesday, officials from Trader Joe’s said they were not able to comment or to say when the store would open.

According to the company’s website, a Trader Joe’s is set to open in Sarasota on Sept. 7.

Trader Joe’s is famous in other parts of the country for its specialty food items, including Two Buck Chuck wine and kosher meats, as well as a loyal customer base.

Woltil said she’s just glad to have more choices — and, of course, easier access to ginger cookies.

“I was excited for something different and new in Gainesville,” she said.

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