Trader Joe’s, grocery chain with a near cult following, is replacing Wild Oats in Green Hills.
The California-based chain expects to be open in November before Thanksgiving.
Trader Joe’s has 280 stores in 23 states. Alison Mochizucki, a company spokeswoman, said the company has 2,000 unique items, most of which sell under the company’s brand name.
Like Publix, Trader Joe’s doesn’t use club cards to give customers discounts on select products. Mochizucki said the grocery chain tries to deal directly with manufacturers to keep prices down.
“We consider ourselves the neighborhood stores,” she said.
Wild Oats closed last year after Whole Foods bought the chain as its store at the Hill Center was under construction.
Trader Joe’s has such a following that some Nashvillians created a petition drive to convince the chain to locate here. Its popular for its quality and organic products. In states where wine can be sold in grocery stores, its $2 bottles of wine are affectionately called “Two Buck Chuck.”
Mochizucki said that’s not how the company makes decisions on locations. Demographics play role and the Green Hills space fits the 10,000 – 15,000-square-foot model. The former Wild Oats store is about 14,000 square feet.