TRADER JOE'S PLANS OPENINGS

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. -- Trader Joe's Co. here said it hopes to open 15 new stores in its West Coast division this year, compared with two last year and 11 in 1997. tores. However, it said it is also seeking locations in the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. To date, one store has opened this year in Oregon, and one lease has been signed for a new store in Washington, an official

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. -- Trader Joe's Co. here said it hopes to open 15 new stores in its West Coast division this year, compared with two last year and 11 in 1997.

tores. However, it said it is also seeking locations in the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. To date, one store has opened this year in Oregon, and one lease has been signed for a new store in Washington, an official told SN. The company also told SN it hopes to open eight to 10 East Coast stores this year, compared with 11 last year and seven in 1997.

Trader Joe's operates 99 West Coast stores (77 in California, eight in Arizona, seven in Washington, four in Oregon and three in Nevada) and 21 East Coast locations, all of which have opened in the past two-and-a-half years (seven in Massachusetts, seven in New York, three in Connecticut, two in Virginia and one each in New Jersey and Maryland).