Is this just a case of April Fools’ joke gone wrong, or is Trader Joe’s actually shuttering all 457 of its popular markets?

Yahoo! Style reported the shocking news Thursday that the grocer will be closing all of its stores by January 2017. Additionally, the popular chain would be discontinuing all of its products.


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The Yahoo article reported that Trader Joe’s released a press release Thursday morning, however, there is no announcement posted to the site. In a statement to WHO-TV, Trader Joe’s public relations director Alison Mochizuki said:

“Although we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we don’t want anyone to mislead our customers. Trader Joe’s is open for business and has no plans to close.  We had no involvement whatsoever in the April Fool’s hoax article.” h/t wgntv

Some are asking if Yahoo messed up its publication schedule and published the story a day early.

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Even though the story is not true, the Twitterverse made it clear how much they would miss Trader Joe’s.