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Kips Bay's Trader Joe's opens this week, ahead of schedule

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The new store replaces a Food Emporium that closed its doors earlier this year

New York residents have watched more and more of their neighborhood grocery stores disappear, but at least one chain is expanding: Trader Joe’s announced plans to debut its newest New York City location ahead of schedule; the new grand opening date of Friday, August 12. The store was originally slated to open this fall, but after moving ahead of schedule, the chain decided to make its debut sooner rather than wait.

TJ's will inhabit the site of a former Food Emporium at 200 East 32nd Street that shut its doors in January. It's not the only chain familiar to New Yorkers that's had trouble: Recently, the family-owned D’Agostino chain looked to sell its remaining nine stores, as it struggled to compete against bigger companies (TJ's, Whole Foods) moving into their territory.

This comes just a couple of weeks after Whole Foods opened its latest store on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, and ahead of Trader Joe's opening several other outposts in the five boroughs, most notably an incoming store at Brooklyn's City Point megaproject.