Penn students’ grocery shopping options just increased with the opening of a second Trader Joe’s store in Philadelphia.
The new store opened on Tuesday Oct. 22 and is located in Center City at 1324 Arch St. across from the Philadelphia Convention Center — around two miles from Penn's West Philadelphia campus. The store has 16,000 square feet of space and is about a mile away from the city's other Trader Joe’s at 2121 Market St.
The location will be open to shoppers from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The new location is further away from Penn’s campus than the Trader Joe’s on Market Street, but students looking to avoid crowds may prefer the new outlet. The Market Street Trade Joe's is known for heavy foot traffic on weekends. A retail expert told the Inquirer that the first store was “well past capacity in terms of consumer demand."
The new Trader Joe’s location follows recent expansion in Philadelphia by competing grocers, such as Lidl and Giant Food Stores. Reports have claimed Amazon could open a new grocery store in Philadelphia as part of its plan to enter the retail grocery business.
Elsewhere in the Philadelphia region, Trader Joe’s has stores in Ardmore, Jenkintown, Media, North Wales, and Wayne.