Trader Joe's coming to Lyn-Lake?

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Two-Buck Chuck could be coming to Uptown
Trader Joe's is close to finalizing a deal for a store on the corner of 27th Street and Lyndale Avenue in Lyn-Lake, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

The bustling retailer originally considered opening a store in the Le Parisian building, across from Hum's Liquors, back in 2009--in violation of a state law prohibiting liquor stores in the Twin Cities to open within 2,000 feet of one another.

Developer Mark Dziuk worked to win an exemption to the law, which he received from the Minneapolis City Council. The new proposed location avoids that problem since it is not within 2,000 feet of a liquor store. Council Member Meg Tuthill told the Business Journal that the store is in the planning stages, but no formal proposal has yet been submitted to the city.

The California-based specialty grocer, known for carrying its own Trader Joe's brands and the cheap Charles Shaw wine known as Two-Buck Chuck, already has six Minnesota stores, in St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Woodbury, and Rochester.

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ebosdepew
ebosdepew

Aside from the fact that I'm a soccer-playing tea drinker, and this store would wipe out two of my favorite businesses in this town...

What is the need for this store? There is no shortage of supermarkets, wine stores or lame national retail nearby.  Is it simply a matter of property and sales taxes? Why not put it near Calhoun Square, where it belongs?

Lyndale is both congested and unsafe in between 26th and 28th. If you want to see amateur hour, watch the intersection 27th for a quarter hour. It will be still worse if large retail is added there.

Just gross. Couldn't we sequester this bland Anywhere, USA garbage near, say, Calhoun Square? Let's do development with citizens in mind.

UptownBlogger
UptownBlogger

I think Trader Joe's should be welcomed into the Uptown area. Everyone is so against chain stores, unless they are named Apple, Columbia, etc. Every time I go to Trader Joe's I am greeted by someone who is genuinely happy to work there and not miserable, which is more than I can say for most other grocery store options in Uptown. I took the time to look at the benefits and not only talk to the people that work there, but also speak to the affected businesses and homeowners. A lot of the homeowners within eye and earshot of the proposed store are excited about it. There are more varied responses from potentially displaced businesses. The greatest benefits in my opinion will be 75-100 jobs that pay above union wages. There is a reason they are not union, and it is not because of the union busting tactics that our hometown hero Target uses, along with their jackboot thug friends at Wal-Mart.

Lindsay
Lindsay

I'd really like to see this Trader Joes go in East Minneapolis over on Hiawatha by the LRT. Perfect spot for it between Longfellow/Standish neighborhoods where the Purina plant left. 

That LynLake spot is going to be so busy and parking will be a nightmare. Just look at the SLP location. Pain in the ass to go there.

Pmf1
Pmf1

T.J. should build in the southeast corner of the K-Mart at Lake & Nicollet.Plenty of parking, good visibility, good corridor streets and can probably pass the liquor location requirements.  It would be a boom for the area and allow for greater corporate identification due to the prime exposure.The neighborhood is on record opposing national chains on Lyndale, the location is lousy for parking and neighborhood proximity, and the neighborhood doesn't want it.Lets keep Lyndale local and let the national chains, including this German owned company, locate elsewhere.

BoycottTraderJoesOnLyndale
BoycottTraderJoesOnLyndale

Isn't it nice that a national corporate store like Trader Joe's can get a liquor store into 27th & Lyndale but a local small business owner can't? Thanks for working for the people of MN, City Council. Also, why does 27th & Lyndale need a Trader Joe's? That section of MPLS is so darn busy already it's mind-boggeling to think of going in that neighborhood once it opens. And WHERE will it open? Who's going to get sqeezed out of their happy business home? I really hope Trader Joe's fails miserably in this location. I know I won't be shopping there.

CBGB
CBGB

douche bags go to Trader Joes.. and Trader Joe is a douche bag. We don't need no more stinking douche bags in uptown. Go back to the burbs you fux. And don't try to say they are eco or enviro or organic. They are eco fakers, just check out info on them from Organic Consumers Association and you will see that corporate whore short cut takers shopped at by superficial snob fuk fakers are selling fake organic stuff just like Whole Foods. But its all about the brand names to the burban invaders, mall chix and jock dicks.

A sweet young boy
A sweet young boy

Time to move out of uptown.  This coupled with the emerging bro bars and condos..... madness.

Emily
Emily

There have been rumblings of a Bloomington store near 494 and France in the old Cost Plus World Market spot for some time. Has anyone heard anything on that lately?

Sally
Sally

I had heard it was to be in the former Circuit City location...Is there any way to find out if this is true?

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