NEW YORK — Specialty grocery chain Trader Joe's, based in Monrovia, Calif., filed a lawsuit last week against Gristedes, alleging that a new store format Gristedes plans to open this week called Trader John's is a copycat of the Trader Joe's format. The new store is located on West 14th Street in Manhattan, just a few blocks from Manhattan's only Trader Joe's. According to the suit, Trader John's is similar both in exterior appearance and in the interior design. The new store is a “blatant ...
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