Trader Joe’s opening Feb. 14 in Denver and Boulder

Published: February 7, 2014, 4:43 pm, by Rich Laden

TRADER JOES

There are more than 400 Trader Joe’s locations in 37 states – but still no Trader Joe’s in the Pikes Peak region.

Now, however, local fans of the super-popular, California-based specialty supermarket don’t have to drive to New Mexico to get their fix. Colorado’s first Trader Joe’s stores – in Denver, Greenwood Village and Boulder — open Feb. 14.

According to a news release: “Each Trader Joe’s captain and their crew will gather at 8 a.m. for a ceremonial lei-cutting to welcome new customers – Trader Joe’s style.  The celebrations will continue throughout the day with food demonstrations, giveaways, live music, and more. Each store will be open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily, and the Denver store features an adjacent wine shop that will offer wine, beer and spirits.”

The stores are located at Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Denver; 5910 S. University Blvd. in Greenwood Village; and 1906 28th St. in Boulder.

Later this year, Trader Joe’s plans to open another store in Denver and one in Fort Collins. However, a Trader Joe’s spokeswoman has said there are no plans for a Colorado Springs store through at least 2014.