Tampa, Florida --- It was the official opening day at South Tampa's new Trader Joe's on Dale Mabry, and hundreds of people came out throughout the day to get a taste of something new.
But with the area's new Trader Joe's comes a few parking woes.
"It has really picked up this afternoon and it looks like it's going to continue to do so all day," said Rod Dewell who lives right across the street from the grocery store. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that it's gonna have plenty of parking problems here."
"They're going to have to hire police every day I think," said Joe's customer Rena Jensen.
But Dewell is more than happy to provide spaces in his lot, for $5 a pop.
"There's been two different types of it, there's been thank God you're here because they couldn't find parking, and there's been what a great idea!"
Inside, there are scores and scores of people in every isle.
"I'm just really happy we've been embraced by the community," said store captain Aimee Pawelek.
Members of the Tampa Police Special Event Unit were out since the morning hours helping direct traffic in and out of the store, and Pawelek is asking for your help as the store becomes a true part of the Tampa community.
"We hope that the community is patient with us as we go through this grand opening process," she said.
Until then, keep your eyes out for Dewell and his open lot. He's supposed to have a permit to charge for that parking, but code enforcement and police didn't seem concerned. And he says he's donating half of all proceeds to Big Brother's Big Sisters.