SOUTHLAKE (CBSDFW.COM) – An iconic California grocery store is taking over North Texas, as two new Trader Joe’s locations opened Friday morning in DFW. The two stores — one in Dallas and another in Southlake — come with much excitement and even more traffic troubles.READ MORE: Ian Alexander Jr., Only Child Of Regina King, Dies At Age 26
The City of Southlake said that it is prepared to deal with the expected increase of visitors to their Town Square area. It usually gets very busy there on weekends, but the Trader Joe’s grand opening will require some special assistance from the Southlake Police Department.
Officers will be directing traffic to keep things moving smoothly through the area. Barricades have also been put up for parts of Main Street and Summit Avenue. And some intersections will be ‘right-turn only’ for the weekend, just to make sure that drivers maintain a steady flow.
The Southlake Police Department said that this plan has kept traffic moving during other major store openings, and it should work again this time. Extra officers will also be on hand throughout the Town Square, just to make sure that no problems arise.READ MORE: 'Small Number Of Monkeys' On The Loose After Truck Crash In Pennsylvania
The Southlake Town Square’s parking lots are also expected to be much busier than normal. Trader Joe’s does have its own two-story parking garage, but those spaces are limited. Customers are urged to use other parking garages and lots throughout the Town Square.
However, the crowds did not appear to keep people away on Friday morning. Some customers skipped work just to be among the first to shop at the new Southlake location. “I think initially it’s going to be busy, but it will die down,” said shopper Cheryl Brociek. “I know a lot of people are excited. Probably chaotic for the first couple of months.”
Southlake has been booming in recent months. Trader Joe’s is just the latest high-profile store to open in this area.MORE NEWS: Governor Abbott Proposes Parental Bill of Rights As Part of Re-Election Campaign
Trader Joe’s already has locations in Fort Worth, Dallas, Plano and McKinney. “It’s probably not going to be fun for a while,” admitted shopper Suzanne Newell, “kind of like the Fort Worth store, because we drove over there for a while. It kind of even’s out after a while.”