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Jul 30, 2010 04:46 AM

New Trader Joe's in Clarendon?

"""The Washington area already has at least 10 Trader Joe's stores, and rumor has it that the grocer is contemplating opening a new outlet in Arlington near the Clarendon Metro station.""

This is from the story in the Post about the recent death of Theo Albrecht, 88, who owned Trader Joe's.

I'd heard this rumor before, from some folks nearby the rumored new location (being built out). The spot is across the street from "Eleventh," and just around the corner from Clarendon Grill.

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  1. any more intel on this? this would serious make my week - I hate having to go to the one on Leesburg Pike

    1. that would be absolutely amazing! a trader joe's in clarendon would be perfect

      1. I've heard rumors of a TJ in Arlington for years, hopefully this one will come true. A Clarendon location would continue their tradition of putting their stores in places with challenging weekend parking.

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        1. re: Henry Spencer

          as far as i can surmise, there is no parking other than street parking (unless it is underground in an adjoining building), which is in line with the "urban village"/ no cars philosophy/concept that dominates board decisions re zoning/planning in the rosslyn-ballston corridor.

          it *looks like* the store might fill the "between the streets" spot, at the location i mention in the OP, just from looking at the build-out.

          i'd like other hounds' input.

        2. Good news! Looks like it might actually happen, which would be so amazing. Keep your fingers crossed

          1. anything new on when this store might open?

            are they still wrangling with the county over parking?

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            1. re: alkapal

              I think they got the parking issue settled, I forget what the open date looked like.

                1. re: ktmoomau

                  And what was the settlement? I started reading the thread in the link that someone posted and it seemed to quickly turn into a slugfest between those who will walk two miles uphill in the snow (both ways) carrying four bags of groceries just to keep cars out of their neighborhood and the more sensible ones who want to park their car, buy groceries, load up, and go.

                  I couldn't even figure out just what the real issue about parking was. I can't imagine that the building doesn't have a parking garage, and I just assumed that it was like all the other garages in Clarendon, cheap in the evening, expensive enough during the day so you don't use it for Metro parking, and some shops validate 2 hours worth, some not even requiring a purchase (like The Container Store) or giving you a hard time if you ask for validation when you didn't buy anything (like Whole Foods).

                  And speaking of Clarendon parking, I see that the HHS garage that used to be free after 6 PM and weekends is now charging. I guess times are tough all over.

                  1. re: MikeR

                    The second paragraph of the article reads, "The changes will allow Trader Joe’s to reserve underground parking spaces for customers and shopping carts, utilize the loading dock from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and allow an outdoor display of merchandise."