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Trader Joe's Southwest Portland Store Opens in Raleigh Hills, bringing cookies and Two Buck Chuck closer to home.

PMG PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - The Trader Joe's store in Hollywood Northeast Portland. A 9th Portland area store just opened in Raleigh Hills.

Following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, Trader Joe's store Captain Mark Sakamoto and the Trader Joe's Crew welcomed customers to their new store in the former Thriftway building near Raleigh Hills.

The store opened on Friday, Oct. 29, at 7215 S.W. Garden Home Road, in the Garden Home Marketplace and is the fourth Trader Joe's in Portland, the ninth in the greater metro area, and the 13th in the state of Oregon.

The roughly 11,000 square-foot store features artwork that pays tribute to area landmarks, including Mount Hood, the historic railroads of Southwest Portland, the Alpenrose Dairy, and the life-sized stuffed elephant in the grocery store that occupied the building until 2019.

PMG PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - A Trader Joe's store in New York City, with a discreet entrance. A 9th Portland area store just opened in Raleigh Hills.

Roughly 95% of Crew Members at the new store are from the area. Trader Joe's products regularly show up in food boxes across the city. Through the company's Neighborhood Shares Program, the Southwest Portland Trader Joe's will donate 100% of products that go unsold but remain fit to enjoy to a range of non-profit, community-based organizations. In 2020, the company donated nearly $345 million worth of food and beverages — or approximately 69 million meals — to communities across the country.

Trader Joe's began in 1967 in the Los Angeles area and has since expanded to more than 500 stores in 42 states and Washington, D.C.

PMG PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Some unsold but still viable Trader Joe's items that are distributed in food boxes by the company's Neighborhood Shares Program. The Southwest Portland Trader Joe's will donate 100% of products that go unsold.

Trader Joe's is a national chain of neighborhood grocery stores selling unique foods and beverages as well as daily staples like milk, eggs, and 19¢ bananas. Trader Joe's offers a wide selection of both domestic and imported products approved by a Trader Joe's tasting panel.

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