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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — A Trader Joe's location is shown in this file photo. - Photo by Francis Specker/Bloomberg News

California-based grocery chain Trader Joe's said Tuesday it has been eyeing locations in Little Rock this year but couldn't confirm any specific locations or plans to open its first store in Arkansas.

Spokeswoman Kenya Friend-Daniel said the company has looked at locations in Little Rock this year, but she could not provide any further details whether it's chosen a location to open a store.

Supporters of the grocery chain flocked to social media after local food blog Rock City Eats reported that the company planned to open a Little Rock location.

Friend-Daniel couldn’t confirm that Trader Joe’s had reviewed the location mentioned by the blog or if it planned to move into that space.

The company operates about 475 stores nationwide and focuses on selling products under the Trader Joe’s brand. The chain has no stores in Arkansas, and the closest location to Little Rock is in a Memphis suburb.

City planning officials said they haven’t received any applications from Trader Joe’s.

A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office said she also hasn’t heard of any plans that would bring a store to Little Rock.

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  • conservative
    May 15, 2019 at 10:51 a.m.

    . . .and Ft. Worth also has a Costco, great prices, too.

  • MBAIV
    May 15, 2019 at 11:51 a.m.

    There was talk of a Costco in LR - once upon a time. They could do well here and Sam's could use the competition.
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    The fact that the mayor's office doesn't know anything about it tells me that he's not involved much in economic development. Makes that rather small contract (not too much more than his security detail in the grand scheme) with the CoC might be well worth it.

  • MaxCady
    May 15, 2019 at 12:09 p.m.

    Other than 2 buck Chuck, garlic infused olive oil and a few other esoteric items, TJ's is really no different than any other boutique grocery store.

  • pcrasehotmailcom
    May 15, 2019 at 1:04 p.m.

    Max you might want to check that thing about only selling Arkansas wine. I do believe that is no more.

  • LRCrookAtty
    May 15, 2019 at 1:34 p.m.

    I was so happy when the one in Germantown opened. My wife loves this place and shopped it weekly when we lived in Scottsdale. Then when we moved back here, we travelled to Nashville every couple of months. Cut my drive down massively.

  • LRCrookAtty
    May 15, 2019 at 1:36 p.m.

    Conservative...
    ***
    We loved the HEB grocery stores when we lived in Houston.

  • LRCrookAtty
    May 15, 2019 at 1:36 p.m.

    Conservative...
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    We loved the HEB grocery stores when we lived in Houston. We refuse to shop at Walmart or Sams club.

  • conservative
    May 15, 2019 at 1:41 p.m.

    H.E.B./Central Market has a wind selection area larger than any wine specialty store-shop in Little Rock. Also you should check out Goody Goodies or Total Wines in Ft. Worth. One of their "sommelier" clerks once told me that she had to attend a weeks training to learn of their 6000+ labels of wine.
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    Little Rock is really a small town. ;-)

  • rbelv
    May 15, 2019 at 2:45 p.m.

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😎🥰

  • LR1955
    May 15, 2019 at 4:18 p.m.

    Woop-tee-do

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