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Trader Joe's in Dallas?

There's a report today over at D's Sidedish blog that we are getting a Trader Joe's in Dallas.
Wow! First, In-N-Out and now, Trader Joe's.
After that, all we'll need is California's weather.

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  1. BTW, according to the channel 5 news tonight, that new Trader Joe's is most likely going to take the former Borders Books space at Preston Royal S/E.

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    1. re: twinwillow

      Sorry, make that Border's at Preston Forest.

      1. re: twinwillow

        Which corner of Preston Forest would that be?

          1. re: twinwillow

            for clarity (whatever that may be), the former Borders space is in the southeastern quadrant of Preston Royal.

            1. re: pinotho

              Today's DMN indicated that Central Market won the bidding for that location.

              1. re: Veggo

                Yes, I saw that.
                I really hope Steven Doyle at D's Sidedish blog is correct in his (seemingly knowledgeable) prediction that Trader Joe's is going into the old Wholefoods space on lower Greenville Avenue. That would be the most convenient for me.

                1. re: twinwillow

                  I would assume they would open a location towards downtown and another up north. Just like those uptown dwellers are not going to go up north, it's just to hard for me to make it more than once or twice a month downtown.

                  1. re: twinwillow

                    That would be super! Not only would it help with the area, but then I can just hop, skip, and jump over there :)

      2. OMG, you just made my day

        1. Here's the link for their announced to-be-opened-soon locations. No TX. I'd assume all of those will open first.


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          1. re: c oliver

            My guess is Texas is not on that list most likely because they haven't signed a lease yet.

            1. re: c oliver

              As of 5/3, "Califonia based chain is still shopping" for a <Dallas> location. http://www.kvue.com/news/state/121177...

            2. I drove by the former Borders on Hulen at I30 today and that would be the perfect location for a TJ's here in Fort Worth. Right across the parking lot from World Market and adjacent to Central Market. I wonder if the folks from TJ's read the local Chowhound threads to really get a feel for the area.

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              1. re: Barbara76137

                According to a couple of people at an Arizona Trader Joes, they think it might be between the end of this year and within a year.

              2. ???????

                A friend told me yesterday that she had heard they would be moving to Southlake. Wouldn't hurt my feelings, but I know there's lots of wishing and hoping going on. I checked on their website - "opening soon" lists KS, NY, and several more, but nothing in TX. I wonder if they've scratched their plan.

                1. There are so many vacant stores and lots available in Dallas that it might be putting them off coming here.

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                  1. re: twinwillow

                    We were in Arizona several weeks ago and spoke to some people in a Trader Joe's there. We were told that they are coming to Texas but it would probably be next year. No one at their store had been approached about a move to Texas yet. However, the people that I spoke with said that there were plans to come here.

                  2. We had brunch at Crossroad's Diner today (delicious) and on the cashier's counter, they have a petition to sign for Trader Joe's to open in Dallas. Preferably in Highland Village.

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                    1. re: twinwillow

                      For the sake of clarification, the petition is for Trader Joe's to be opened in the Lake Highlands Town Centre, the new development at Walnut Hill and Skillman.

                      1. re: DFWGuy

                        Thank you for the correction. You are 100% right about that. And what a great location that would be! At least for me, anyway.

                        1. re: twinwillow

                          Same. Very close to my house. I really hope it happens. Being as objective as possible, I do believe that would be a profitable location for Trader Joe's.

                          1. re: twinwillow

                            Chowhound needs to have a "like" button!

                            1. re: pgwiz1

                              I agree with Chowhound needing a "like" button. I check this thread every once in a while and would love to hear a TJ announcement.

                              1. re: foodiedfw

                                Although I agree in principle, I think a "like button" could provoke antagonism in some of us.
                                I do not think the "mods" (speaking from my own experiences here) will allow it.

                        1. re: twinwillow

                          Either as a primary or secondary opening, a FW Camp Bowie location wouldn't surprise me a bit as it's only one exit from Central Market's Hulen location.

                          1. re: twinwillow

                            Sorry but I'm ignorant about Trader Joes besides knowing it's "cool, hip and from California" could you compare it to anything in the area? Is it like Central Market? Is it a huge grocery store or a smaller one like a Tom Thumb, etc? Great produce, meats, seafood, etc? What's it's specialty??

                            1. re: Dallassooner

                              Trader Joe's is like no other store in Texas. They're essentially, stores smaller in size than major grocery stores but specializing in their own Trader Joe's premium quality branded foods and goods. They offer canned, frozen, pre-packed and fresh food of very high quality. They also have large selections of pre-packaged fresh food including fish, meat, chicken and combo take out dinners. Their Trader Joe's branded foods usually always take the winning top spot in taste tests. They also carry some well known branded items at MUCH LOWER prices. As an example, they sell a five pound bar of swiss made dark chocolate for $1.99. Also, great inexpensive (as in cheap) selections of everything ranging from wine and beer to extra virgin olive oils to coffee. In California their floral department has prices at about half or less of what you'll pay in Dallas. So in a nutshell, very high (premium) quality at very low prices.


                            2. re: twinwillow

                              So does this mean I may get a TJ's here in Fort Worth before you get one in Dallas? YAY!!!!!!!!

                              1. re: Barbara76137

                                "Trader Joe's files sales tax application for Fort Worth store"