MENTOR, Ohio (WOIO) - The date is set: Trader Joe’s will open its doors to shoppers at the new Mentor location at 8 a.m. on Feb. 4.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off the grand opening celebration just moments before at 7:55 a.m.

The 9,900 square-foot store is located at 9474 Mentor Avenue along historic RT-20 between Old Johnny Cake Ridge Road and Heisley Road.

It will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Trader Joe’s said the Mentor Avenue store’s interior “will feature artwork that highlights several points of interest in the area, including Lake Erie, Headlands Beach State Park, and the Mentor Lagoons.”

“As a neighborhood grocery store, Trader Joe’s prides itself on hiring from the community,” the company said. “More than 95% of the crew members hired at the Mentor store are from the neighborhood.”

But Trader Joe’s said hiring efforts are still underway, so anyone interested in applying can click here for more information.

“In addition, through the company’s longstanding Neighborhood Shares Program, the Mentor Trader Joe’s will donate 100% of products that go unsold but remain fit to enjoy to a range of non-profit, community-based organizations, seven days a week,” Trader Joe’s stated.

This location is the seventh Trader Joe’s in the state and the third in Northeast Ohio.

Trader Joe’s opened its first store in 1967 in the Los Angeles area and has since expanded to more than 525 stores in 42 states and Washington, D.C.

If you haven’t shopped at Trader Joe’s before, here’s what the company wants you to know:

“Trader Joe’s is a national chain of neighborhood grocery stores committed to providing customers outstanding values—the best quality products at the best everyday prices—and a welcoming, rewarding shopping experience. From unique foods and beverages that you won’t find anywhere else to daily staples like milk, eggs, and 19¢ bananas, Trader Joe’s offers a wide selection of both domestic and imported products, all of which have been approved by the Trader Joe’s tasting panel. As a neighborhood grocery store, every Trader Joe’s store donates 100% of products that go unsold but remain fit to enjoy to local food recovery agencies, seven days a week. In 2021, the company was able to donate a total of more than $349 million dollars’ worth of food & beverages—or approximately 63 million meals—to communities across the country.”

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