The line stretched to the street when Idahos first Trader Joes store opened Friday morning.
Recently hired crew members greeted the eager shoppers with loud cheers, high-fives and colorful leis to wear as they perused the store in Downtown Boise.
The aisles werent overly crowded all morning, but there was a slight traffic jam around the wine. Trader Joes Charles Shaw wines two-buck chuck, though a bottle costs $2.99 in Boise are among the chains most well-known products.
Many of the shoppers who arrived before 8 a.m. said theyve waited years for a local Trader Joes store.
Store Captain Scott Dudek said he met a lot of happy customers, glad that they have their own Trader Joes in the neighborhood.
Boise resident Jennifer Porkert is originally from California. She had been stocking up at stores whenever shed make trips back to the Golden State, where Trader Joes is headquartered.
But there were some items shed been missing. Its hard to bring back frozen foods, she said.
For Boises Kristen Sherner, the shopping trip was an event 25 years in the making.
Growing up in Utah, Sherners family would take trips to Mexico. On the way, they always stopped at a Trader Joes store in Nevada to stock up on goodies. Theyd hit the store on the way home, too.
On Friday morning, she rolled out of bed and walked to fill a basket with items such as porcini-mushroom and truffle-filled pasta not your regular grocery store fare, she said.
Another early bird was Mika Fox, who moved to the Treasure Valley from Thousand Oaks, Calif., seven months ago. The first thing we did was Googled Trader Joes Idaho, she said and they found theyd have to wait to shop there.
Fox brought her children they were off school Friday and a long grocery list for the Trader Joes reunion.
The throngs included at least one person who wasnt sure about all the hype. April Walsh was among the first to see the store, on the suggestion of her eldest daughter. I think it would be great for some people, said Walsh, who is a devoted Boise Co-op customer.
Walsh likes that she can bike to the store, and she was impressed by some prices. Organic potatoes were $1 cheaper at Trader Joes than elsewhere, she said.
I wonder if thats going to bring down prices for everyone else, she said.
Audrey Dutton: 377-6448, Twitter: @IDS_Audrey