San Diego Business Journal

Trader Joe’s Opens New Store in Mission Valley

Monday, January 28, 2013

Specialty grocer Trader Joe’s has opened its 13th San Diego County store at the Westfield Mission Valley West retail center, occupying a portion of the space that formerly housed a Borders bookstore.

The 13,200-square-foot store is at 1072 Camino Del Rio in San Diego, with Hawaiian-themed design features found in most of the grocer’s stores. A statement from Monrovia-based Trader Joe’s said the new location also has several interior art elements paying homage to the Mission Valley area, including hand-painted murals depicting San Diego Mission, San Diego River, The Presidio and Mission Bay.

Trader Joe’s carries an array of value-priced domestic and imported foods and beverages, including artisan breads, coffees and international frozen entrees. Most items are purchased directly from manufacturers and sold under the company’s private labels, with elements such as preservatives and artificial ingredients removed, the statement said.

The company operates more than 385 stores in 35 states.

—SDBJ Staff Report