Sneak Peek of New South Florida Trader Joes Before It Opens Friday

The specialty grocery store will open Oct. 18 at 9205 South Dixie Highway.

By Bobby Brooks
|  Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013  |  Updated 5:48 PM EDT
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The neighborhood grocery store chain Trader Joe's is opening its first Miami-Dade location in Pinecrest Oct. 18 at 9205 South Dixie Highway. Here's a sneak peek of the new location.

The neighborhood grocery store chain Trader Joe's is opening its first Miami-Dade location in Pinecrest Oct. 18 at 9205 South Dixie Highway. Here's a sneak peek of the new location.

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Before Trader Joe's opens its doors in Pinecrest Friday, NBC 6 got a sneak peek of the new location.

From the cedar wood walls, to the custom artwork, store manager Jodi MucCullough says the grocery store's philosophy makes Trader Joe's stand out from the rest

"We like to think of ourselves as traders of the culinary seas," she said. "Our buying philosophy is unique in that we travel all over the world looking for great amazing products -- everything from the exotics to the basics is what we carry here."

The food they collect is not just high quality, it is also good for you, according to McCullough.

"80 percent of the store's products are private label -- under the Trader Joe's private label," she said. "That means no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives."

And customers won't be seeing signs about big sales or coupons because the store doesn't need them.

"We eliminate the middlemen,"McCullough said. "We buy straight from the manufacturers, so that keeps our costs low and we pass those savings on to our customers every single day.”

The store's hand-painted murals are another draw for customers. The murals feature local landmarks and were made by store employees.

"From the end cap signs to the shelf tags and even the murals that you see on these beautiful walls, our crew did this. It was definitely a crew team effort all the way," McCullough said.

Trader Joe's, the first in Miami-Dade, will open Oct. 18 at 9205 South Dixie Highway. It will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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