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Re: [IP] Trader Joe's

Hey!  This appeared this morning in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune 
on-line.  The locations given here are Minneapolis suburbs (except 
Woodbury is a suburb of St. Paul).  So I probably would never shop here.


  Trader Joe's to add outposts

The budget gourmet grocer entered the Twin Cities market with a bang in 
May. Now it's planning to expand.
*Susan Feyder,* Star Tribune

Last update: July 30, 2006 - 6:16 PM


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It's going to get a little easier to buy "Three Buck Chuck."

Trader Joe's, the budget gourmet grocer whose products include a line of 
Charles Shaw wines that sell for $2.99 a bottle, has its eye on two more 
Twin Cities locations. The California-based chain opened its first area 
market in May at the Excelsior & Grand mixed-use development in St. 
Louis Park.

Trader Joe's plans to open a store in Maple Grove at the Shoppes of 
Arbor Lakes development in the second quarter of 2007, said company 
spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki.

The chain also is interested in opening a store in Woodbury, Mochizuki 
said, but she wouldn't specify a location. Opus Northwest submitted an 
application to city planners this month to develop a Trader Joe's at the 
Woodbury Lakes lifestyle center. Opus, also the developer of Arbor 
Lakes, declined comment.

Trader Joe's, which specializes in inexpensive gourmet and hard-to-find 
food items, has drawn sizable customer traffic to Excelsior & Grand, 
said Gary Wilson, asset manager of the center's developer, TOLD 
Development Co.

"It was somewhat of a tourist attraction at first," Wilson said.

Trader Joe's has more than 200 stores in 19 states and has developed a 
cult-like following, especially on the West Coast. Some of the initial 
flurry has died down, but Wilson said the St. Louis Park store continues 
to generate a healthy amount of business that has carried over to other 
tenants. He said he doesn't think the other two Trader Joe's will have 
much impact on the St. Louis Park location.
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