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Inside Trader John's

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The first mystery of 2009: What is going on with Trader John's, the supermarket that appears to be opening in the former home of Gristedes on 14th Street between Fifth and Sixth? The Shophound snuck into the space and confirmed that the similarities to that other Trader up the street don't just end with the name. "Judging from the wood paneling, baskets and decorative wagon wheels in our sneaky photos, it is going for a similar ersatz country store aesthetic." Click over for his pics. [The Shophound; Previously]