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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.
Rendering of EVE via SLCE Architects.
Like many others, the quirky discount grocery chain has been on the move in New York City. A new location opened in October in the also-new Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side. That new TJ’s–the seventh in Manhattan–is located in the lower level of 400 Grand Street, and the 30,000-square-foot emporium is being hailed as the largest one on the Eastern Seaboard.
Not all TJ’s news is good for fans, though. The store recently ended grocery delivery in Manhattan. According to a Trader Joe’s representative, delivery comes at too high a cost to the company.
The decision to open a second East Village location was prompted by the long lines and crowds at the Union Square store. The company is concerned that they’ll lose credibility with customers if they can’t offer a pleasant shopping experience. A second store–it will be the chain’s ninth Manhattan location–would ease some of the traffic at the original location.
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Neighborhoods : East Village