Ask NOW: Brookfield confident Trader Joe's is on track

A worker climbs onto a lift on the roof of the under construction Trader Joe's store in June.

A worker climbs onto a lift on the roof of the under construction Trader Joe's store in June. Photo By Peter Zuzga

Sept. 11, 2012

Issue: Several readers have written to me because they are curious to know whether the Trader Joe's on Bluemound Road will still open for business as planned. According to the readers, there have been rumors that the store is no longer coming to Brookfield.

Status: Dan Ertl, director of community development, said the city has every reason to believe the store will open on schedule.

Ryan Marks, managing director of Ryan Companies, which is handling this development project, said things are going well and the store should open the first week of November. He added that the exterior is completed, and now the company is focusing on finishing the interior.

"Any suggestion that Trader Joe's will not be opening is misplaced," Ertl said. "We've heard this rumor at least 10 times now, but it is unsubstantiated.

"We're looking forward to having Trader Joe's join Brookfield's collection of fine stores."

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