Trader Joe’s will likely open in South Beach within days – but an exact date still isn’t confirmed.
Products have been on shelves since last week, yet the store still hasn’t opened yet to customers.
The holdup may be linked to red tape, Miami Beach commissioner John Aleman said in a Facebook post.
“There are issues with different addresses on various documents,” Aleman wrote. “Apparently tricky to fix across various agencies.”
Photos taken by Trader Joe’s superfan Terry Keller show products on shelves and employees in place on August 1.
Another resident complained that the store wasn’t built high enough above sea level to prevent flooding. Aleman wrote that the city doesn’t require commercial buildings to be built at higher elevations yet, but legislation is pending.
Photos taken August 1 by Keller show the store ready to go:
A photo showing flooding in the area uploaded to social media August 3: