Shoppers cart at Trader Joe’s in New York.
Shoppers cart at Trader Joe's in New York. (Getty Images file)

 Specialty grocer Trader Joe's has signed a lease to open a store in Denver, with a target opening date in 2013, the company announced Wednesday.

As expected, the store will be located at the southeast corner of East Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The company said a separate wine shop will be adjacent to the grocery store.

For months, Trader Joe's had been expected to build a store on that vacant site, but the company wouldn't confirm its plans. Various news outlets reported that Trader Joe's had signed a letter of intent to develop the site.

It will be the second Trader Joe's in Colorado, the company having already announced a Boulder location in the Twenty Ninth Street mall.

Trader Joe's, which has 365 stores in 34 states, bills itself as a neighborhood grocery featuring "high-quality imported and domestic foods and beverages at honest, low prices."

The Monrovia, Calif-based grocer

John Mossman: 303-954-1479, jmossman@denverpost.com