This will be great if it happens. I've always been led to believe that Trader Joes was not going to enter the Colorado market until the liquor law was changed. I happened to be in Providence, Rhode Island this past Mon/Tues and stopped in a Trader Joes. I was surprised that they did not sell wine. I asked about it at the facility where I was doing a regulatory audit and they said that the Rhode Island law also does not allow wine sales in grocery stores. Hmmm...maybe TJ's has reconsidered.
this is true in NY as well but a little less stringent. in NY you can't sell wine in a grocery store but i think you can sell beer. and in colorado stores use a drug store license to sell liquor in their shops. this is what i've heard so not sure what part of it is actually true. i know that the TJ's in NY near my moms house doesn't sell alcohol and the TJ in manhattan sells it in a separate store across the street. i believe in conn. its the same as NY and TJ's doesn't sell alcohol at all. that's why i didn't buy the alcohol excuse. but as someone pointed out to me it's probably the lack of having a close distribution center combined with strict liquor laws made colorado not a priority for TJ.
besides, it's one of those stores that seems like it's met with hesitancy and disappointment for those who never lived with a TJ near them. i always get the 'what's the big deal' reaction. i've had one since 1991 in my life so it's hard to shake the dependency. when i go to denver to see relatives it seems weird to not have one near the cherry creek mall. it just seems like the right demographic to me.