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MSP: Trader Joe's on Lexington and Randolph?

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LizzieB_MSP Aug 20, 2008 04:19 PM

Saw this about the new TJ's:
http://blogs.twincities.com/eat/2008/...

Any additional news on the store or potential completion timeline?

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    jeanmt Aug 20, 2008 07:30 PM

    Yes, I'd been following this in the Pi Press. Completion is supposed to be by year's end, which of course means next spring. Can't wait.

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      snoboardbabe77 Aug 21, 2008 04:56 AM

      CH - are they working on that space now? I swear, every time I have driven by it (haven't done so for at least a month) there is nothing there. I don't see where they can put a Trader Joe's? Doesn't seem like enough space. However, I'm all for TJ...

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        SuperClydesdale Aug 21, 2008 05:58 AM

        Yep, they are working on the lot right now. I think they started demolishing the existing structures about 2 weeks ago. Drove by theis morning and all structure were down and there was a bunch of excavating and grading equipment on site. So, TJs is getting closer to a reality.

        SuperClydesdale

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          Brad Ballinger Aug 21, 2008 07:31 AM

          I live in the area and drive by the site frequently. There is a lot of land prep to be done before construction can begin.

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            LizzieB_MSP Aug 21, 2008 08:36 AM

            I agree that it didn't seem like there would be enough space, but now it does look like a TJ could fit. I also read that there will be underground parking.

            It will be nice to have one close, but I hope it doesn't affect Kowalski's on Grand and both Mississippi Markets too much.

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              tex.s.toast Aug 21, 2008 09:03 AM

              As a soon-to-be-ex southern californian i can assure you that, according to TJs corporate, there is no such thing as a space too small for a store. Horridly designed and woefully inadequate parking lots are, it would seem, part of their corporate strategy, because it rare to find a store without them - (there are three within 20 minutes of me and none have anything near decent parking).

              the other thing about trader joes is that it wont likely hurt kowalskis or the coops too badly, because, much as i LOVE trader joe, he just doesnt sell everything one could want, and thats not the point. quirky rotating products, some super cheap staples and a decent supply of unbranded snack food and booze are what TJs is all about. that said, cant wait for it to open.

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                Foureyes137 Aug 21, 2008 09:53 AM

                I completely hear this. We were at a Trader Joe's in Tahoe last year that was about half the size of a Hallmark Store. We later discovered from a hotel employee it was previously...a Hallmark store.

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                  snoboardbabe77 Aug 21, 2008 10:48 AM

                  I hear you on the corporate strategy...even the ones in Chicago seem small and cramped...attempting to lend to its charm? I highly doubt that TJ will take away from Kowalski's market. Personally, I shop at a variety of grocery stores (despite gas and higher prices) because different stores offer different things.

                  I will go to Target or other stores for toiletries, cereal, etc.
                  I will head to Cub for their diversity in ethnic foods (especially the one on University even though I can't stand the parking lot); and I will head to Kowalskis, Whole Foods and some of the coop for better produce, meat and specialty selections (gourmet pizzas, deli pastas, mediocre sushi, baked goods and most importantly for me, cheese).

                  With the addition of TJ, I think it will add a few decent options on the cheese and snack side at a more reasonable price point, but I've noticed with TJ, that they have some really tasty appetizer foods to keep handy in the freezer -that taste better than say, Target brand...and some other staples from other countries (like Cat cookies from Japan) that I can't at other stores. I think it will be a good addition, not a negative that takes business away!

                  Can't wait...

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                  steve_in_stpaul Aug 21, 2008 04:48 PM

                  The TJ's in Woodbury has a pretty decent parking lot. But, IME too, that is the exception rather than the rule.

                  I'm happy to see a TJ's so close. But, IMHO, given the number of stores near Lex & Randolph which sell organic and/or specialty food (typically in greater selection), the hassle factor of parking and getting around that store may make TJ's a self-limiting success.

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