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Trader Joe's to Open a Downtown Minneapolis Store

Trader Joe's to Open a Downtown Minneapolis Store

MONROVIA, CA - Trader Joe’s is entering the Minneapolis area with its first store in the downtown area.

The new 10,700 square foot store, expected to open in the first half of 2017, comes as a blessing for residents in the area after a rumor suggested the grocery chain would finally make its appearance in Minneapolis.

Trader Joe's Concept Photo (Source: Star Tribune)

Trader Joe’s new store will occupy a ground-floor space below a new 180-apartment development at Washington Avenue S. and Chicago Avenue S.

“This is a very big deal,” said Dan Collison, Executive Director of the East Downtown Council, according to the Star Tribune. “East Downtown [which includes Elliot Park and the Mill District] has been a grocery desert for decades with only a few convenience stores nearby.”

Trader Joe's Concept Photo (Source: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

Trader Joe’s has seven other locations in the metro area and one in Rochester, the Star Tribune reports. The retailer previously attempted to enter the Minneapolis area, but failed to get city approval because of zoning issues.

Collison is hopeful for the success of the new store, saying that this particular location offers “diverse housing demographics…that range from temporary homeless housing to high-rent, market-rate condominiums and rentals.”

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