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Clarendon Trader Joe’s to Open Friday Morning

by ARLnow.com November 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm 10,690 88 Comments

It’s official: the long-awaited Trader Joe’s store in Clarendon will open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning. The company will celebrate the opening with a “ceremonial lei cutting” featuring Trader Joe’s officials and “local dignitaries.”

Trader Joe’s a press release about the opening tonight.

Trader Joe’s, a unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages from the exotic to the basic, will celebrate the grand opening a new store located in Clarendon on Friday, November 18 at 8AM. To commensurate the official opening Trader Joe’s Captain (store manager) Perry Zettersten, Regional Vice President Scott Lane, local dignitaries and the crew will gather at 8:00AM for a ceremonial lei cutting to welcome new customers– Trader Joe’s style. The celebration will continue throughout the day with live music, food demonstrations, balloon artist and face painters.

The store is located at 1109 North Highland Street and is approximately 12,300 square feet. The grocery store will be open from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm, daily. Inside will feature a festive décor mixing traditional Trader Joe’s cedar covered walls, Hawaiian inspired elements throughout the store combined with a local flare including art that celebrates the neighborhood. Throughout the grocery store there are several amazing hand painted murals that pay homage to the old Clarendon Trolley, hot air balloons used during the Civil War, the Clarendon Metro and more.

Trader Joe’s is pleased to announce the appointment of Perry Zettersten, as Captain (Store Manager). Perry comes to the new store from the Trader Joe’s in Washington D.C. and has been with the company approximately 15 years.

Trader Joe’s was originally named in recognition of its distinct grocery buying process, because they search the world for great values and distinctive products. Crew members (store employees) consider themselves “traders on the culinary seas.” Crewmembers sport brightly colored Hawaiian-themed shirts, adding to the light-hearted air of the store.

  • charlie

    can I idle out front in my car just like the trucks do?

  • Goody goody goody!

  • Kramva

    Walkable! On the way home from whole foods! A non bar opening in
    Clarendon! This is a great win! I really used a bunch of exclamation points! Note: I bet the crabby tending folks will post 26 crabby comments on parking!

    • charlie

      or the elitists who can afford to live and walk to everything from their over priced houses and condos will gloat.

      • AllenB

        Just the kind of comment Kramva was looking for. 25 more to go.

        • Charlie

          Sorry, I live in 22207 and therefore have no restraint. Unlike you 22201’ers.
          Plus it was such n easy lob.
          I hate whiners too.

          • AllenB

            Sooo…. the people in 22201 are elitists because they choose to pay more for where they live and then enjoy the benefits of that. Got it.

          • Lou

            I have to think it costs more to buy in 22207 than in 22201. Where do you get that from?

          • Thes

            Are you talking about dollars per acre of land? Or dollars per square foot of living space?

          • DK

            22201 is more expensive for condos 22207 is more expensive for houses.

          • Lou

            I’m talking about the average cost of a home sale. It was in response to AllenB’s comment that people in 22201 pay more.

          • AllenB

            My assumption is, that oranges to oranges, ie similar acreage or square footage, it is more expensive to live closer to metro and all of the amenities that come with that, than to live further away from it. At least in the R-B corridor.

            I’m open to hearing otherwise, though.

          • R. Griffon

            Really? I’d be very surprised to find that anything in 22207 costs more per square foot than along the B-R corridor.

          • Lou

            With the exception of commercial real estate leasing, most properties are not marketed by the square foot. That’s why median sales prices are the primary metric to compare housing costs.

            I’m just asking where the assumption that 22201 housing prices are higher than 22207 came from.

          • Thes

            Well, we could just eyeball it using zillow.com. Compare, for example a recently sold townhome in the middle of 22201, 1202 N. Danville Street. It’s a 2600 square foot house on 1,338 square feet of land. It sold for $1.01 million last April. Conversely, 4907 N. 29th Street, in the heart of 22207, sold last June for just $749,000. It has 2,800 square feet of living space and a 10,000 square foot lot. (Apologies to those two homeowners, I just picked these two properties because those sales were relatively easily compared, I don’t know who lives there.)

            Sounds like the people in 22201 pay more than 22207 for equivalent sized house. Of course if you buy a bigger house with a bigger yard, you pay more, and if you buy a smaller house with a smaller yard, you pay less, but that’s true in both zip codes.

          • Lou

            Here is a site that makes it really easy to just punch in the zip code and get that data:


          • AllenB

            Lou – but that site doesn’t take into account the mix in types of homes – condo’s, TH’s, SFH. My guess is that condo’s in the R-B corridor, close to metro, cost more than in other parts of the county.

          • Lou

            Well, Allen, neither did your comment that people in 22201 pay more to live there. In fact, I believe the data supports that on average they pay less.

            But you know, by all means you can feel good about wherever you choose to live. Nobody is calling that area cheap or anything. Just in relative terms.

          • AllenB

            Wow… okay, Lou. Each of us has our own frame of reference – mine is condo’s since that is what I own… yours are SFH’s. This is a comment section of a local news site, not a research paper.

            But I think you really want people to know that your home cost more than some people think. So there, your SFH is probably worth more than my 2br condo. I guess you need people to know that.

          • Lou

            Allen, I do not live in either of those zip codes, so you are way off base. Have a nice day.

          • AllenB

            Ah, okay… so you’re arguing for no good reason. Okay.

            {Pats Lou on the head and hands him a cookie}

          • Lou

            Well, if no good reason would include it being part of my job to know these things, then you just go right ahead with your self righteousness.

            Seriously, dude…..let it go.

          • AllenB

            It’s part of your job to know that some people think housing costs more in 22201 than in 22207? Wow. Talk about specializing. Yikes.

          • Lou

            Ha, no thankfully I don’t even have to deal with people who would think that. They would not get a job around here. Seriously, you learned something today. Call it a good day and be thankful.

          • Sara

            Wow – if you all spent as much time working and getting ahead at your jobs as you do squabbling about who pays more in what zip code, you could probably afford to live in 90210.


          • Larchmont

            22205 is where it’s at!

      • drax

        Or the thousands who can’t afford those, but who take Metro to and from work and will stop for a few groceries on the way home.

        • cyclist

          Or those who will stop on their way home by bike.

      • CW

        For those who do choose to drive, you will be happy to see that TJ’s has painted all the columns in the first two levels of the garage with their lovable floral pattern.

        In other news, turtles: I like them.

        • BreakPause02

          How many levels of parking are there?

          • CW

            The building has four levels of parking. 3 and 4 are reserved spots for residents. Level 1 is always public parking. Level 2 is, as I understand it, reserved for the office space in the complex during the work week but then opens up to the public on weekends. They painted the TJ’s signs on levels 1 and 2.

          • drax

            Also, Metro station is across the street, bike lane is in front, CaBi station is a block away, bus stop is on the opposite corner.

          • CW

            And, upon opening of the store, every street bordering it will probably be clogged with stopped taxis!

        • Tabby

          Turtles are the best!

          • drax

            I don’t think they sell turtle meat at TJ, sorry.

        • R. Griffon

          Is it turtles all the way down?

      • Kramva

        Charlie – I won’t go down the “over priced” road too much other to say that it is generally a free market and I did not find that there was some shadowy new world ordery organization directing me to buy a house in 22201 to keep pricing high. Much the opposite, trust me when I say that I would have preferred to pay 50% less than I did to buy a house in 22201, but I did pay the toll. , We wanted direct access to the metro, walkable to retail/entertainment/parks and great schools. Guess what – that’s certain (very expensive) parts of 22201. I could go on and on as to why housing close to amenities is generally more expensive that housing that is not, but giving that you live in 22207, I’d bet you already understand that.

        Note: you commentary on “elitist” is way way off base, I’m generally new to 22201, but I’ve found our neighbors to be great people, who care about the community each other and our neighborhood, albeit, they go a little overboard on the email list serve at times!

        • drax


          “CNT’s tool analyzes 337 metro areas covering 161,000 neighborhoods and 80% of the U.S. population. The overwhelming result: It’s cheaper or just as cheap to live in cities when transportation is factored in.”

          • Ben

            That article doesn’t factor in time – people trek with 1~2+ hour commutes to live in a house with a yard out in the burbs. Over several years that ends up a significant part of your day stuck in traffic.

          • drax

            Good point. It also doesn’t factor in health (physical and mental). Driving 2 hours a day, and everywhere else, can make you fat and insane.

          • Southeast Jerome

            You leave Manassas out of this!

      • Terry

        I can walk to this from my moderately priced apartment in the Rosslyn/Courthouse area thank you very much. I’d hardly say the fact that I live in a walkable community makes me an elitist.

        • LuvDusty

          walkable for me too..although it always amazes me what Americans consider “walkable”. Usually it’s something ridiculous like 1-2 blks.

          In other countries, “walkable” actually means usually somewhere between 1-2 miles.

          NYorkers are the exception, but the rest of America seems to think that anything for 2 blocks requires a car.

  • CrystalMikey

    Walk able for me to….so stoked!

    • CrystalMikey

      Walkable for me too (lousy iDevice)

      • tjinclarendon

        I’m 22201 and you’re not.

        • CrystalMikey

          Outdated screen name. I just moved from 22202 to 22201.

          • North A-Town Snob

            22202?? Arlington still has zip codes that end in even numbers? I though we bequethed all those areas with those zip codes to Alexandria. Guess I don’t see a reason to go south of 50 for anything.

          • Tabby

            22204 is south of 50. Columbia Pike. Arlington.

          • CrystalMikey

            22202 was my zip in Crystal City.

          • Tabby

            I have a friend who always says “22222” when asked by stores for his zip code. It doesn’t exist

          • drax

            I always say 90210.

          • CrystalMikey

            Yeah, I always used to just say, “triple 2 0 2”

  • CW

    Also the standalone sentence needs a verb.

    • CW

      And isn’t that “local flare” going to violate the fire code??!!!

      • Thes

        Please don’t commensurate this event with a new thread about the writing skills of TJ’s publicity staff.

        • RJ

          Seriously! “Commensurate” the official opening??? Does anybody read this stuff before it goes out? As Inigo Montoya said, “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”

          • drax

            What are you collaborating, RJ? That his choice of words is deciduous? I’d like to see you particulate that subjugation.

  • Mr. Brown

    I think a few people on here count as “local dignitaries.” Who wouldn’t want to see Novesteve burn through a lei with a cigarette? Then, at the sound of an ACPD squad car hiting a cyclist, Barb Favola will get a donation from the bank robber, and the doors will open!

    • drax

      Let’s pose our celebrities out front with appropriate props: novasteve with a cigar, Kev with an assault rifle, and Burger with a map.

      • Lou

        And you with 25 name tags for all the aliases you have used?

        • drax

          Yes! Awesome.

          • mehoo

            Hey, shut up you guys, I’m trying to sleep.

  • Brandon C

    What I want to know is whether or not there will be a parking garage. I live off S. Courthouse, which is close, but not really that walkable. This TJ’s will be far closer than the Bailey’s one, but I worry about it being the giant clusterf**k at all times of the day like it is at Foggy Bottom.

    • BreakPause02

      I’ve been to the Foggy Bottom one. It was busy, but the line moved. It was wrapped all the way around, I was about to leave, but the person in front told me not to worry, it won’t take more than 10 minutes.

      Still faster than Safeway, even when they are not busy.

  • OX4

    9 PM? Lame.

    • R. Griffon

      I thought that was quirky too. Hopefully they’ll extend the hours once they’re up and running. I’m sure they could support 10pm pretty easily, and 11pm or later on Fridays and Saturdays.

      • CW

        Does someone who’s been to other TJ’s locations and actually paid attention know if they are open later than 9? Maybe it’s a corporate thing.

        • Ben

          Foggy Bottom is open until 10 – but the others in Virginia close at 9.

          Could be a VA thing?

          • CW

            Idk, I was thinking beer, wine, weird VA laws, but there are plenty of grocery stores open until 10 or later, plenty of beer and wine stores open until 10 or later, etc. I’d think maybe the county or the zoning rules…WF is open til 10 but the differences is that TJ’s is in a mixed-use building…that’s all I can think of, that it’s some function of the rules for that.

          • 10Sgirl

            It’s a store captain thing. The same captain (store mgr) is coming from Foggy Bottom to open this store. I’m sure with some suggestions, the store hours can be adjusted. The city (and maybe residents?) will have to approve, which can be difficult.

    • 10Sgirl

      Update: Article wrong…they are closing at 10pm every night.

  • TJHappy

    I simply do not understand why every article on Trader Joe’s that is posted to this website devolves into a forum for people to attack other’s personal choices in where to live, where to shop, how to get there, etc etc. If you like Trader Joe’s, then shop there! If you hate Trader Joe’s, then don’t shop there! If you think the traffic is going to be awful, then either don’t drive or take another route!

    I am personally excited to welcome TJ’s to the neighborhood!

    • Tre

      The devolvement brings excitement to otherwise mundane lunch breaks. Everyone loves a trivial debate (including me), so naysayers carry on!

  • YTK

    Local FLAIR — not Local Flare.
    COMMEMORATE — NOT Commensurate.
    Other than that — good article

    • clarendude

      I think you’re right. I thought they might have meant consummate ! 🙂

      • drax

        No, I think that’s a kind of soup.


  • Nat

    I’m so excited! I usually drive to the Bailey’s TJs and its nice to have one walking distance! Yay! And people: the post is about TJs not whether you like 22201 neighborhood.

  • GOB

    I’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s before, but now that they share a space with my apartment complex, I might break down and pay a visit (after the initial rush of lunatics find another shiny toy). I guess the only things I’m worried about are getting in and out of the parking garage, and the potential appearance of pests (it was nice living in new construction, but something tells me a grocery store is bound to attract various critters).

    • CW

      Yep, yep, and yep.

      Can’t wait until the first time a TJ’s cart makes it down to the residential level and bashes in a quarter panel on someone’s brand new Audi. Who pays for that one? I’m sure everyone has releases of liability…

    • 10Sgirl

      You will love it! So much so that you’ll overlook the traffic, possible lines (though fast moving-and still less than a Safeway) and pests.

  • Akashi

    When I bought in 22201, it cost about the same for an older 22201 single-family home, a 22201 new townhouse, or a much bigger new house in Fairfax. Went with the townhouse, gave the car to charity, and am now a happy elitist who hasn’t owned a car in 25 years.

  • Carmen

    Since I am not working Friday, will check it out.

    • 10Sgirl

      Be prepared Carmen. Friday will be a madhouse, but fun and exciting.

  • happyzipcodehappylife

    I chose 22201 as a lifestyle choice: gave up the car and the trips to the mall, started running long distance, buying food for meals the day of, and this resulted in a much happier life for me. I’m healthier, happier and save just as much as I did with my former lifestyle.

  • LuvDusty

    Brandon C wrote:

    live off S. Courthouse, which is close, but not really that walkable.

    I wrote a few posts above his post:

    it always amazes me what Americans consider “walkable”. Usually it’s something ridiculous like 1-2 blks. In other countries, “walkable” actually means usually somewhere between 1-2 miles.

    …And I rest my case.

  • YankeeGal

    Who knows if they’ll have good parking? Where exactly is it? I can’t wait–I know where I’ll be going after work (22203) : )


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