West Essex fans of Trader Joe's have long been hoping for the specialty market to open a location in West Caldwell, Livingston or somewhere around the block.
So will a new store 6.7 miles away do?
According to their website, Trader Joe’s will unveil a new location at 259 Allwood Road in Clifton on Friday, Nov. 16. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week and will not sell alcohol.
The Clifton location will be .43 miles closer than the current closest TJ's 7.3 miles away in Florham Park.
But with the ever-present construction and congestion on Route 3, more pleasant drives to Florham Park, Wayne (7.95 miles) and Millburn (8.78 miles) may still be the better option. After all, die-hard fans know the chocolate covered, peanut butter stuffed pretzels alone are worth the trip.
Time and time again, Caldwells Patch readers report they want a Trader Joe's in their towns whenever a large retail space comes available, such as the old Ace Hardware (rumored to have been vetted) and former Blockbuster.
There's even a Facebook page, We Want-Need a Trader Joe's in the Fairfield/Caldwells Area, with more than 100 followers.
The first Trader Joe's opened in Pasadena, Calif. in 1967.
Where might a Trader Joe's work in West Essex? Tell us in the comments.