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Trader Joe’s to Open Long Island City Location June 25

Trader Joe’s will open on the ground floor of 22-43 Jackson Ave. next month (Photo: Queens Post)

May 17, 2021 By Christina Santucci

The new Trader Joe’s in Long Island City is expected to officially open its doors next month.

“We are slated to open June 25,” said Monica Hubbell, one of the managers or “mates” at the LIC location, at 22-43 Jackson Ave.

The store is scheduled to open daily from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Hubbell said Trader Joe’s is in the process of hiring between 100 and 120 workers for the LIC store. “We like to be able to offer a lot of employment to the neighborhood,” she said.

Trader Joe’s will take up about 17,000 square feet on the ground floor of the Prime Building, a new 11-story, 71-unit development. The building, which opened in 2021, has luxury condos ranging in price from $675,000 for a one-bedroom, one-bath unit to $2,050,000 for a three-bedroom, 2.5-bath penthouse, according to StreetEasy.

The LIC Trader Joe’s was originally expected to open its doors in late 2020, but the timeline was pushed back. A spokesperson told the Queens Post in January that the company hoped to open the LIC store by the end of this summer.

The Long Island City location will be the popular grocery store’s second in the borough – there is already a Trader Joe’s at 90-30 Metropolitan Ave.

The Rego Park location shares a parking lot with several other retailers. While the Long Island City store does not have designated parking, the market is located close to the 7, E, G and M lines at the Court Square–23rd Street station and within a half mile of the Queensboro Plaza station on the N and W lines.

“At Trader Joe’s Long Island City (565), we see ourselves as your local neighborhood grocery store,” the company wrote on its webpage dedicated to the LIC store.

The website also touted items like the store’s Mandarin Orange Chicken, Cauliflower Gnocchi and Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate.

A sign outside the store Friday advertised employment opportunities at Long Island City Trader Joe’s.

Those interested in applying for a job should call (929) 322-7576 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The sign noted that the company offers workers “competitive pay rates” and “exceptional benefits.”

Trader Joe’s to open a store in Long Island City on June 25. The company is currently hiring (Photo: Queens Post)

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tjs is far and away our favorite grocery store and this is a most welcome addition to our community. i’ve experienced the workers to be consistantly pleasant, professional, and will stop whatever they are doing to help you find something. also, editor’s note: according to the photo, sign actually reads: ‘exceptional pay rates’ and ‘competitive benefits’


Glad to see Trader Joe’s coming to the neighborhood. Too bad their choice didn’t include parking but affluent neighborhoods will figure it out.


No need for parking in the most transit-oriented city in North America. Most New Yorkers don’t have vehicles. You can walk, bike, take transit, have it delivered, or drive yourself and find your own parking.


Sad to see negative comments, looking forward to going g to TJs once a month, go by train from Astoria and take cab home. If you don’t like TJs just don’t comment.

Shannon Quinlan

Great! I love Trader Joe’s. How about opening one on Queens Blvd. In Sunnyside, a neighborhood not as upscale and hoity toity as LIC

Salvatore Coppola

Just what we need in Astoria another grocery store and without designated parking forget about it


Salvatore, it’s not in Astoria, it’s in Long island City on Jackson Ave. served by buses and the subway. The only Trader Joe’s in NYC that has a parking lot is the one on Metropolitan Ave in a shopping center. All the rest of them, in Manhattan and Brooklyn do not have parking lots. Very few grocery stores have parking lots. Most people who shop here either live or work in the neighborhood or live close by.


Exactly! I don’t understand why so many are making a fuss over no parking, ugh! Do they not realize where they live!


Aloha, TJ’s! There is a bus or two running up and down Jackson Avenue. One goes to Brooklyn along McGuinnes Blvd. so expect bright young things to make the trek. How many blocks from the East River waterfront? At least a half mile, guessing. Nice if Trader’s would advertise a map, showing surface transport.


I cannot wait for this. Food cellar is cool but way too expensive for what they provide and key food is a dungeon.


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