Silver Lake Trader Joe’s to reopen on Thursday

Silver Lake — Trader Joe’s said today that it will reopen its Hyperion Avenue store on Thursday nearly two weeks since a manager was killed during a gunbattle between officers and a gunman earlier this month.

“While we remain heartbroken over the tragic death of Melyda Corado and the trauma our Crew Members and customers have suffered, we recognize that moving forward is an important part of supporting the healing of this community,” said the company in a statement. “While we move forward, we will never forget.”

The store will reopen at 8 am on Aug. 2. The company said the market underwent some renovations during the closure.

The store at 2738 Hyperion Avenue has been closed since July 21  when a suspect who was being chased by police crashed his car into a pole outside the entrance to the market. As the gunman and police exchanged fire, an officer’s bullet struck and killed Melyda “Mely” Corado, a 27-year-old store manager.

The gunman turned himself over to police after a three-hour standoff during which as many as 40 people were trapped or held hostage in the store. The company called it “the saddest day in Trader Joe’s history.”

The front of store No. 17 has been transformed into a memorial for Corado as visitors have left behind flowers, notes, candles and other items in her honor.

A visitor pays his respects at a memorial to Cortado outside the store.

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  1. It has been suggested on another social media site that when the store re-opens, customers greet employees warmly, but do not specifically mention the tragedy or ask details like ‘were you there when it happened’, etc. They have been through so much and we can make this as much of a happy and positive time for them as possible. I think that’s a great idea! No one will ever forget this, but now is a time for healing.

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