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Trader Joes Rumour

Original post made by TJ Shopper, Palo Alto High School, on Oct 4, 2006

So the rumour goes (started perhaps in today's PA Weekly) that Trader Joe's is going to open at Town & Country. I for one would welcome that and speak as an occasional shopper and also a Paly Parent. One question, is anything going to be done about the dangerous entrance in and out of the centre opposite Paly? At present it is bad enough, but with the number of shoppers TJs would attract, I think something should be done.

Comments (13)

Posted by Just a Citizen
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 4, 2006 at 10:38 pm

If TJ's opens at T&C, JJ&F is toast. JJ's has already been screwed over by the developer that wants to develop on/near their current site. This is not a good decision for those that value our northern markets.

I'm a pro-development person, but what I don't understand is why we can't bring in TJ's at Alma, or Edgewood PLaza. We have a surfeit of food markets in this part of town (Whole Foods, JJ&F, Mollie Stone's, Country Sun, and at least 2-3 small neighborhood "in-and-out" type markets, like 7/11). TJ's will just more pressure on them. Why would they go in at T&C, when the Menlo Park TJ's is only 5 short minutes from ther, in Menlo Park.

If this real, it's wrong-headed.

Posted by Maureen
a resident of Southgate
on Oct 5, 2006 at 12:34 pm

TJs would fill a void at Town Country Village. We need a reasonably priced grocer. Love JJ&F, but I'd also shop at TJs for specialty items. HOpe the rumor is true.

Posted by organic parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 5, 2006 at 1:47 pm

TJs coming to Palo Alto? That's the greatest news I've heard!!

Posted by Kyu
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 5, 2006 at 1:48 pm

Interesting... anyone know the exact site within T&C that TJ's would occupy?

Posted by ChrisK
a resident of Southgate
on Oct 5, 2006 at 4:36 pm

As much as I love TJ's, do we really need one within two miles of the Menlo Park store? This seems ... unlikely.

But what do I know?

I agree - Alma or Edgewood would be much better.

Posted by George
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 5, 2006 at 10:08 pm

How about a nice, big Starbucks? If I can't celebrate my gentrified suburban yuppie lifestyle with TJ's, then at least let me enjoy some comfy sofas and a grande latte!

Posted by Jill
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 5, 2006 at 11:51 pm

Kyu, the Weekly article says it will be next to Long's.

Personally, I'd love a TJ's there. I don't go to the Menlo Park one because it's TOO crowded!

Posted by A.J.
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 6, 2006 at 12:02 am

I agree with ChrisK -- would LOVE to see TJ's go in at Edgewood Plaza!! In so many ways, it would be a much better location for Palo Alto and would in the long run probably do more for TJ's as it wouldn't take so much business from the MP location.

Posted by k
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 10, 2006 at 10:08 am

Great idea to have TJs build at Edgewood Plaza -- but how likely is this...

Posted by Susie
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 26, 2006 at 3:14 pm

Wow, I'll be so happy if Trader's opens @ T&C, we need a good store to shop at that is close by besides JJ&F, I love JJ&F however, Trader's has the specialty items that I enjoy buying.

Posted by Withheld
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2006 at 10:31 am

I agree that Town and Country needs some sort of anchor store -- but not only is there a TJ in Menlo Park, there's one in San Antonio Shopping Center in Mt. View and another in Sunnyvale. Unless TJ's is subscribing the Peet's Coffee House development method ( a shop on every corner, everytime you turn around), I'm not sure how much stock I'd put in this rumor.

Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 11, 2007 at 10:08 pm

So it seems the rumor is true.

I wonder how TJs will be with Paly students and Backpacks!!!!

Posted by paly student
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 16, 2007 at 6:48 pm

I don't know about everyone, but I think a TJs would be great for T&C. I know that my friends and I would shop there (we're not overly impressed with the current options in T&C).

Check out the Campy story (it's a little old...)
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