TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Ready. Set. Shop!

The Bay area’s first Trader Joe’s is open. The highly anticipated first day of business has had shoppers excited for some time.

Paulette Bailey is one of them. She’s all excited about the new grocer coming to south Tampa - so excited that she went there a day early.

“I’m from Apollo Beach. So I drove here – 25 miles - to come to find out that it won’t be open until tomorrow at 8 o’ clock in the morning. So now I have to schedule that I have to come and leave before 8 o’ clock to get a good parking space” Bailey said.

The specialty grocery store opens this morning at the corner of Swann Avenue and Dale Mabry.

The quirky, specialty grocer continues to expand in the Bay area. A new Trader Joe's is expected to open soon on 4th Street in St. Pete.

Be aware of traffic in the area.

Photos Credit 970 WFLA/S. Parker