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.”