The Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake reopened today, 12 days after a gunman held employees and customers hostage and a shootout with police resulted in the death of store manager, Melyda Corado. Now staff and the community are hoping that getting back to work will help restore some sense of normalcy.
“Today is a bittersweet day for the Trader Joe’s family,” the grocery chain’s executive vice president of stores, Ben Meyers, told NBC 4. “While we remain heartbroken over the loss of Melyda Corado and tragedy that occurred here almost two weeks ago, we recognize that moving forward is important to support the healing of our crew and this community.”
Staff will be sporting special tie-dyed shirts with “Silver Lake Forever” printed on them, and a billboard outside the store thanks customers, employees, and neighbors for showing kindness as operations resume.
A post that’s been shared extensively across social media calls for customers to approach the store and staff with kindness during this difficult time.
Social media has also been a platform for outpourings of support for Corado’s loved ones and the Trader Joe’s community at large, with employees at other locations of the chain across the country sharing messages in solidarity with the Silver Lake staff on hashtags including #TraderJoesSilverLake and #Day4SilverLake.
The Silver Lake Trader Joe’s intends to be back on a regular schedule and be open their standard hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting today.
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