Brace yourselves, citizens of South Tampa. At some point in 2014, the Trader Joe’s grocery store will open on West Swann Avenue, and here is your official warning about potential parking mayhem — at least around opening day.
Lest this alarm sound alarmist, here’s a point to consider. When Trader Joe’s opened its first South Florida location this week in the Pinecrest area of Miami, so many people clogged the parking lot that traffic overflowed into strip centers nearby. Fifty-five cars ended up being towed, including one owned by a retired judge.