WESTFIELD, NJ — Trader Joe’s fans expecting the store to reopen in Westfield as soon the shop can be rebuilt got a shock Thursday when word of a Yahoo “news story” claiming the popular grocery chain planned to close all of its stores circulated on social media.
An article titled “Trader Joe’s to Close All Stores by 2017, Plans to Discontinue Products” claimed that, in press release, Trader Joe’s announced it will be closing all of its locations by January 2017.
The story has since been removed.
Those who read to the end found out that it was actually an early April Fool’s joke.
“If this shocking news hits you as hard as it hit me, fear not,” the faux article read. “It’s merely April Fools’ time. Now go celebrate being a fool with your favorite cheap wine.”