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Being superficial fashion types, we figured that the Upper West Side Trader Joe's would open before the one in Chelsea because it already has signage, whereas Chelsea is still wrapped in brown paper. The Shophound, however, reminds us that it's what's inside that counts. According to his sources, the Sixth Avenue Trader Joe's will open first because its space, a former Barnes & Noble, requires much less prep work than the brand-new retail storefront being filled by TJs uptown. And a tipster sent us photos of wooden checkout counters already in place inside the Chelsea outpost, supporting the theory that the store should be open within the next several weeks.
· Signage Appears Uptown But Chelsea Likely First On Deck [The Shophound
· The Upper West Side Could Get a Trader Joe's Before Chelsea [Racked NY]