Trader Joe's Abruptly Closes This Extremely Popular Store
Many shoppers love Trader Joe's. Affordable prices, store-brand products, cheeses, and even cheap flowers. The chain's wine has a cult following.
Trader Joe's Wine Store in Union Square, New York City, abruptly shuttered on Thursday, shocking locals. The shop was permanently shuttered due to city issues, according to a sign.
A message on Reddit stated, "We have been running our little Wine Shop in the Union Square neighbourhood for over 15 years, and we appreciate you for your business and support throughout the years."
The time has come for us to look into a different location so that we can make the most of our one and only wine-selling licence in the state of New York.
The Trader Joe's supermarket, which is still open, was next to the wine shop. However, the Trader Joe's wine speciality store was the only one of its sort in the state.
Many New Yorkers came to the store for cheap wine. The city's alcohol sales laws are strict, especially for major chains, as they prefer local companies.
Currently, grocery stores are not permitted by state law to sell wine or liquor, and chain liquor stores are not allowed to operate in the city.
A wine shop employee posted information on the closure on Reddit, suggesting that the wine shop's demise may have been brought on by its tense relationship with its landlord, New York University.
The employee's assertion about a new Trader Joe's wine store is confirmed. The company's statement that it will pay staff until the end of the month and let them transfer to the new store was a hopeful indication.