Customers line the block for Boise Trader Joe's opening

Julie Evans says she celebrated her 6th wedding anniversary by leaving her sleeping husband at home and making the journey to Trader Joe's for the grand opening.

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by Karen Zatkulak

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Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 1 at 4:10 AM

BOISE -- Downtown Boise was particularly busy Friday morning as hundreds gathered for the grand opening of Trader Joe's at 8 a.m.

The long-awaited arrival for the specialty grocery chain goes back several years and includes rumors long denied by store officialls and Boise City employees until early last year.

Friday's event brought all that anticipation to a head. Shoppers gathered for several hours beforehand and lines stretched around the store.

Traffic was also a concern Friday morning, along with parking. However, Boise Police officers report no accidents or other problems. The lone exception was an errant goose that hit a transformer, briefly knocking out power to the store, along with a section of downtown.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter helped officially welcome Trader Joe's at 8 a.m. by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

Customers were then treated to a Hawaiian welcome, including complimentary leis.

Julie Evans was one of the first inside, sacrificing a life milestone, for a Boise milestone.

"It's my 6th wedding anniversary, I took the day off work, my husband is home sleeping; he understands that I'm crazy to the point that I'm getting up at the crack of dawn to go to Trader Joe's on my wedding anniversary," said Evans.

One woman even showed us her nails, painted with a Hawaiian theme to celebrate the event.

Some, like Jennifer Avise, even skipped work to be among the first inside.

"I took the whole day off of work; I moved here three years ago and the only Boise was missing was a Trader Joe's, and now Boise is complete," said Avise.

From exotic foods to specialty bargains, shoppers here say the new store is a welcome addition to the downtown shopping scene.

"You come here for wonderful snacks, for beverages, to try things you may have never experienced because they bring in things from all over the world," said Evans.

The store will be open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., seven days a week.

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