Lots of shoppers, not enough spaces in new Trader Joe’s parking lot


The sharp influx of traffic has led to a mega tow-a-thon in the days since Trader Joe’s opened in Pinecrest.

Pinecrest Police Sgt. Heather Setter, pictured, helped shoppers jockey for spaces Sunday in and around the available parking at the grocery store with a cult following.

During the grand opening Friday, store employees had warned shoppers that neighboring businesses would tow Trader Joe’s customers who parked in their lots.

Signs posted in the parking lot Sunday warned drivers not to park at Burger King, City Furniture or Dadeland County Center.

“Your car will GET TOWED!!” one sign said.

In addition to parking issues, over the weekend traffic on U.S.-1 was backed up as customers flocked to the popular chain.

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