DALLAS — On Friday, another Trader Joe's market will be opening in North Texas. The much-anticipated debut is bound to draw a big crowd, but some are concerned because this store is on Lower Greenville Avenue, where traffic is already tight.
The store manager and surrounding businesses are expecting a big crowd at 8 a.m. Friday.
"There's going to be a lot of traffic," said Matt Pikar, who owns Nora restaurant.
Pikar is banking on Trader Joe's bringing in new customers, but he's also concerned about the potential for gridlock on this two-lane stretch of Greenville Avenue.
"Everybody wants to come in the beginning," Pikar said. "Then, later on, everybody's going to know what it is and they're going to come at different times."
Some neighbor businesses fear Trader Joe's opening — along with the nearby Walmart grocery store that opened in October — will create a shortage of parking spaces.
"We are going to have patrols on the weekends so that we can have parking, and we're ready for any situation," said Karen Campbell, Trader Joe’s store manager.
Campbell said there are 117 spaces in the parking lot behind the store, and another 18 on an adjacent lot. Police officers will make sure customers stay out of neighborhoods, where signs warn non-residents they will be towed without the necessary permit.