Trader Joe's opening in St. Matthews this week

Brian Hunter
Brian Hunter
Sherry Mulkins
Sherry Mulkins

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - This week a popular grocery store is opening its door for the first time in Kentucky, right here in Louisville. Trader Joe's, known for its low priced, unique foods, like $2.00 bottles of wine, consider themselves a neighborhood grocery store.

"We sell everything from the basics to the exotic everyday at great values," explains store manager Brian Hunter.

Joanne Martin was so excited to see the sign up in the Shelbyville Road Plaza she already wanted to go inside.

"Today I stopped for sunflowers, and well, it's not open yet."

That eagerness is why the folks at the St. Matthews Area Business Association say Trader Joe's will do great things for the area. They've seen a number of stores shut down in the past few years, some in the very spot where Trader Joe's stands.

"As businesses are leaving the plaza, businesses are coming into the plaza. We've had so many new businesses," explains Sherry Mulkins, SMABA executive director.

When fans like Michelle Hamilton got word Trader Joe's was finally opening in Kentucky, "I was very excited. I wanted to make sure I knew where it was so I won't have to go all the way to Cincinnati."

The more people staying in town mean more will be spending money in town. It also means jobs. Hamilton is such a fan, she's already applying to work in the store. She thinks it's such a unique place she wanted to be more than just a customer.

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