SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. -- Trader Joe Co. here, a West Coast chain of specialty gourmet grocery stores, said it plans to expand to the East Coast in the fall of 1996. John Shields, chairman and chief executive officer of the 68-store chain, said the company hopes to open at least 50 stores over the ensuing five years in the area between Boston and Washington. He said the company is leapfrogging the country to expand on the East Coast because they need to have a very dense population base. ...

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