432 East 14th Street

City Living, East Village

Trader Joe's

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The latest grocery store news always gets New Yorkers’ attention, and it’s been two years since Trader Joe’s announced its plans to open a new store in a 23,000-square-foot space at 432 East 14th Street across from Stuyvesant Town, just three avenues east of their original 14th Street store. Since that news, there was some doubt that the store would follow through–including a denial of the East Village plans by the company’s media rep. But CityRealty noted last August that Trader Joe’s would be the retail anchor tenant in the newly-constructed residential building called EVE that replaced the former Stuyvesant Post Office at that address. And EV Grieve now reports that the new store’s impending arrival is confirmed on the company’s website–though “TBD” is all we get as far as an opening date.

14th Street, street of groceries

East Village

Rendering of 432-438 East 14th Street via Benenson Capital Partners, LLC

It’s been 11 years since Trader Joe’s opened its first NYC location on Union Square, and now the discount grocer has three others in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, and one in Queens. This past year, they announced that new outposts will open in Brooklyn Heights, the Upper West Side (their second in the neighborhood), Soho, and on the Lower East Side at Essex Crossing, and today The Real Deal reports they’ve inked a deal for a 23,000-square-foot space across from Stuyvesant Town, just three avenues east on 14th Street from their original store. The site at 432 East 14th Street is replacing the former Stuyvesant Post Office, a controversial closure that even launched a local “save the post office” campaign.

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