Upper East Side Trader Joe's store gets grand opening date

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The store was described as “beautiful” and “historic” by a spokesperson. It is about 20,000-square-feet within the Bridgemarket building, which was constructed back in 1908. Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The arrival of Trader Joe’s on the Upper East Side finally has a date.

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The East 59th Street & First Avenue store, located under the Queensboro Bridge, will open on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 a.m.

This will be New York City’s 12th Trader Joe’s store, the ninth in Manhattan but the first in the neighborhood. The closest locations for TJ’s fans in the UES were on the Upper West Side or in Murray Hill.

The store was described as “beautiful” and “historic” by a spokesperson. It is about 20,000-square-feet within the Bridgemarket building, which was constructed back in 1908.

The space will feature vaulted ceilings that were designed by Spanish builder Rafael Guastavino, and new murals paying tribute to area landmarks like UN Headquarters and Roosevelt Island.

According to store officials, about 99% of the entire store’s employees, and all new hires, are city locals. Applications for employment at the store are still being accepted.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the store’s opening, with employees on hand to welcome customers.

The company says this location will donate all products that go unsold, but remain able to be consumed, to a number of community nonprofits.

The store will be open daily from 8 a.m. through 9 p.m.