There was alot of excitement when it was announced that the grocery chain Trader Joe's would be coming to the Albany area. Back In January, we found out that the former Office Max building on 79 Wolf Road would be the new home for the chain and the first in this area.

Today it was announced that the Grand Opening will occur on August 3rd after originally being thought to be opened later on this Spring. If you would like to be one of the folks who get to wear a Hawaiian shirt to their job, they will be taking applications at the site beginning on June 18th. Applications can be found on the Trader Joe's website.

For those not familiar with Trader Joe's, the products they sell include  gourmet foods, organic foods, vegetarian food, unusual frozen foods, imported foods, domestic and imported wine and beer. About 80% of the items bear the Trader Joe’s brand name

The opening of Trader Joe's will bring even more competition to the growing grocery store chains in the area. Price Chopper and Hannaford have been long time staples in the Albany area. Shop Rite has returned. Wal-Mart and Target are in the grocery business these days. Plus we have Fresh Market in the area as well. Time will tell how well Trader Joe's will do in the area.