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Trader Joe's coming to Berkeley in 2010!

hhc Sep 16, 2008 09:49 PM

In the old Kragen/Petco lot on MLK JR Way & University Ave. My friend lives nearby, so lucky.

Article:
http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-tra...

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    ML8000 RE: hhc Sep 16, 2008 11:26 PM

    I drove by the other day and the Kragen is gone and there's a large hole in the ground. I think it's a good move by the City of Berkeley..after it got through the muck. It'll be interesting to see how the neighborhood changes. TJ should be very popular however.

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      wolfe RE: ML8000 Sep 17, 2008 07:56 AM

      Previous description.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5524...

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        Ruth Lafler RE: ML8000 Sep 17, 2008 05:48 PM

        Yeah, I read the article with all the typical NIMBY whining about traffic and integrity of the neighborhood. But there's already an ugly strip-mall at that location, so it's ridiculous to complain that the Trader Joe's project "would not blend in with nearby Victorian and Craftsman homes" and it's in an existing commericial block, so I don't understand how it's a zoning issue, except for the fact that it includes housing, which is what they say they want! As for the final comment about how "this is not how Berkeley is supposed to operate" it sounds like this *six-year* process was, in fact, exactly the way Berkeley operates. Just wait, those complaining neighbors will be the first to brag to their friends about how great it is to have a TJ's just down the street.

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          Melanie Wong RE: ML8000 Sep 17, 2008 06:08 PM

          The article linked is dated Monday, December 18 2006!

          It's neither news nor helping us eat better today.

        2. drmimi RE: hhc Sep 17, 2008 11:00 PM

          Why even bother when Berkeley has the fabulous Berkeley Bowl?

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            ML8000 RE: drmimi Sep 17, 2008 11:36 PM

            BB is great but there are things TJ does better or cheaper.

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              Xiao Yang RE: ML8000 Sep 18, 2008 08:14 AM

              And produce is not among them.

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