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Trader Joe’s opening means changes for center

Now that the rumor about Trader Joe’s coming to town has turned out to be true, the question remains — what will happen to the tenants already in the Suburban Plaza center?

The new grocery store is scheduled to open in 2012 in the shopping center, which also includes Toys “R” Us and Barnes and Noble, at 8025 Kingston Pike.

Site plans show Trader Joe’s will be located in a tenant space next to Toys “R” Us, in the far east side of the building. The plans also show parking changing, and apparently the demolition or removal of building located on outlets, such as White Lace & Promises.

According to a press release, Trader Joe’s will occupy just around 13,000 square feet.

The shopping center is owned by Baker Storey McDonald Properties, out of Nashville.

According to Carl Storey, a barber shop located in the future Trader Joe’s space will be relocated elsewhere in the center, as will White Lace & Promises, and a dry cleaner located in the same building.

The improvements to the center, along with demolition and construction of Trader Joe’s, are expected to cost more than $2.5 million.

Trader Joe’s locations are well known for their laid-back feel and store employees famously wearing Hawaiian-print shirts.

“Trader Joe’s carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages including fresh baked artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrées, 100 percent juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items and vitamins and supplements, as well as the basics, like milk and eggs — all at honest, low prices,” the company’s press release states.

Trader Joe’s also sells more than 2,000 items under its own private label, a tactic the release says keeps prices low.

“Also, Trader Joe’s buys differently than other grocers — they purchase from manufacturers, not through distributors. They’ll take a brand name product, take out the preservatives and artificial colors and ingredients, and put it under their Trader Joe’s label to sell it at a real discount,” the release said.


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