Trader Joe's opens Wichita location on Friday

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The Wichita Business Journal got a peek inside the much-anticipated Trader Joe's, and it's everything we'd hoped it would be.

Stacks of local beer, a huge display of those decadent dark chocolate peanut butter cups, fresh flowers and all kinds of seasonal food items.

And Trader Joe's signature murals depict Wichita's aviation roots.

"Take flight on your culinary adventures," one reads above a prep kitchen in the back corner of the store, with a single-engine prop plane pulling a Wichita flag behind it.

There's one of Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

Another shows a field of golden sunflowers with a jar of cookie butter peering out from behind the clouds.

The store at Bradley Fair will open its doors to shoppers at 9 a.m. Friday, and there's no doubt it will be a madhouse. Wichitans have been trying for years to convince the popular grocery store chain to open a location here.

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General manager Chris Evans said there are about 80 employees. Evans comes here from southern California, and he said everyone he's met in Wichita has been "super genuine."

"Tomorrow's the big day," he said Thursday as employees stocked pumpkins, gourds and other last-minute items on shelves.

Trader Joe's, which has 480 stores nationwide, will open in the former Fresh Market space at Bradley Fair in east Wichita. The store will host a grand opening just before 9 a.m. Friday with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, music, a kid-friendly activity area, food tastings and giveaways, according to a news release from the company.

The grocery store, 1800 N. Rock Road, Suite 120, will be open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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