You've never seen a Trader Joe's this shipshape.
The popular grocery chain that employs "captains" and "crew members" wearing Hawaiian shirts opened its second Brooklyn outpost Friday morning.
On a Thursday afternoon, the store's dry goods were fully stocked, its produce was neatly stacked and its floors fastidiously clean.
Anticipation for Friday's opening — on the lower level of the City Point retail complex in Downtown Brooklyn, next to the new DeKalb Market Hall — ran high among the staffers and passersby, who peered through and occasionally tapped on the establishment's front glass wall.
"We can't go anywhere without someone asking us when we're going to open," said crew member Amy Zello, a seasoned Trader Joe's employee who lives five subway stops away from the new store. "Excitement is an understatement."
Zello isn't the only staffer who calls Brooklyn home. About 90 percent of the crew are Brooklyn residents, captain, or manager Stephanie Mesa-Wise estimated.
"This is Brooklyn," Zello said of her team. "Everyone we have working here — look around, this is what Brooklyn looks like. We're very diverse."
That diversity bolsters Mesa-Wise's mission: “We really want all of our customers to feel like this is their neighborhood grocery store," she said.
You can decide for yourself; take amNY's photo tour of the 15,000-square-foot space and visit in-person from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
You'll need to take an escalator or elevator to get there
On opening day, crew members handed out leis at the front door
On every other day, expect fresh flowers
Just look at that orderly bounty
One thing that distinguishes this Trader Joe's is its wall art
Here's another above the dairy refrigerator
This one captures the Downtown Brooklyn skyline
Speaking of speculoos...
Most in-store tastings will happen here
Still indecisive after sampling the speculoos?
Another unique feature of this Trader Joe's outpost...
A local bakery will supply the store with bread daily
But the crowd-pleasing peanut butter cups were all stocked