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Published on May 15, 2024
Trader Joe’s Debuts First Boston Store with Alcohol Sales in Back Bay on May 23Source: Google Street View

Boston's Back Bay is gearing up to get a bit more spirited with the ribbon-cutting set for the first Trader Joe’s location to sell alcohol in the city. The California-based grocery store chain plans to throw open the doors of its new store at 500 Boylston St. at 9 a.m. on May 23, 2024, a date that city dwellers with a penchant for convenience have likely circled on their calendars. As reported on Boston 25 News, this store is not just another addition to the bustling area but a signifier of the company's growing reach in the region.

Unlike its compact sibling located four blocks away at 899 Boylston St., the new 11,486 square-foot space is set to be adequately stocked with beer, wine, and spirits. This expansion allows Trader Joe’s to tap directly into Back Bay's upscale market, a move to possibly strengthen the brand's presence against competitors. According to MassLive, the nearby older store without a license to sell alcohol might softly sigh in relief due to eased customer traffic.

This new addition to the Trader Joe's family promises to do more than just provide a variety of libations. In what could be termed a community-centric gesture, the store has pledged to donate 100% of products that go unsold yet remain consumable to an array of non-profit organizations, seven days a week. This move, detailed on Boston 25 News, frames Trader Joe's not only as a seller of goods but also as a potential pillar of local philanthropy.

The licensing board's nod came last year when it granted a retail package store license for the establishment, a decision that was likely met with anticipation from both the company and Boston residents who prefer to consolidate their shopping trips. Details of the licensing victory were chronicled by WCVB, imprinting the green light for the Back Bay store to not just sell groceries but to also proudly showcase a variety of alcoholic offerings.

Bostonians looking to jump on the Trader Joe’s bandwagon are in luck as the beloved grocery store is actively seeking employees for its new location. Potential applicants can to always find more information and apply directly through the Trader Joe’s career page listed on Boston 25 News.