• Trader Joe's grocery store in Greenwood Village.

The Town of Parker is one step closer to getting a Trader Joe’s after the grocery store’s beer license was unanimously approved in a Feb. 18 meeting of Parker’s special licensing authority.

Trader Joe’s, a chain of small grocery stores headquartered in California, is known for its private labeled, uncommon food items such as cookie butter, cauliflower pizza crust and pickle-flavored popcorn.

“You’ll find something unique at a really great price,” Phil Wofford, regional vice president of the company, said during the meeting.

The soonest the store could begin operating would be about a year from now, Wofford said. 

“Whether it takes longer due to other things with construction, I don’t know,” Wofford said. 

Once open, it will have daily hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with closures on major holidays. The store, which will have about 80 employees, will be located at 18374 Cottonwood Drive, Suite 150, near the Costco Wholesale. 

The store will sell non-refrigerated beer but not any of its trademark affordable wine — sometimes called “Two-Buck Chuck” — because of its proximity to a liquor store, Wofford said. Their beer inventory will focus on Colorado and local beer selections and some will rotate seasonally, he said.

Trader Joe’s, which has been in Colorado for seven years, has seven existing locations in the state.

There were no public comments during the meeting.