BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- After years of lobbying, and months of anticipation during the planning stages of the store, Trader Joe's is open.
About 50 people were seen waiting for doors to open before 8 a.m. Friday. Many in line said they've been waiting for years for the store to open, and were apart of the push to get Trader Joe's to come to the Treasure Valley.
"I'm so excited! We've waited for so long forever for this to happen, so we're very excited; my whole family's here!" Tori Schockey said. "And they're handing out free samples, I mean who does not want a cookie in your pocket?"
"I've been waiting for this for seven long years; So excited," Marilyn McClurg said. "I've been to other Trader Joe's in other states. I can't believe they're finally in Idaho, we're hoping that they'll have more soon. I have my shopping list, I've printed it out, I know exactly what I'm going to get and it's going to be a great day."
At 7:45 a.m., Mayor Dave Bieter spoke briefly, mentioning his excitement that the plot of dirt that sat at the corner of Front Street and Capitol Boulevard for years was finally turned into something great for the community. Right before the top of the hour, Bieter helped cut a lei that was strung between the the doors, and the crowds rushed in.
The atmosphere was that of a luau. Almost a dozen employees stood at the doors cheering for the customers coming in and stringing leis on everyone's necks.
In April 2010, a Facebook page was made to bring the grocery store to Boise. Last March, the company announced the store would finally be coming to the Treasure Valley.
According to its website, the first Trader Joe's opened its doors in 1967 in Pasadena, California. In 2002, the company first introduced their now popular wine known as "Two Buck Chuck."