Trader Joe’s Store not in the plans for Spokane
September 3, 2010 6 Comments
Confirms that Trader Joe’s has no plans to open a store in Spokane.
The newspaper says that Trader Joe’s says that a Spokane store is not in their current 2-year plan and its not on TJ’s list of coming locations.
Since this item on the web site is the single most popular post(!), I am adding the following:
Update Oct 25, 2010: TJ’s has 344 stores but will open just 5 new stores in the U.S. in 2010. (Heh – that linked article is quite an eyeful!)
Update Nov 17, 2010: Trader Joe’s officially announces it will open a Spokane store in 2011.
Another comment has TJ’s opening in Spokane in mid-2011. Someone probably knows but they are not sayin’. The problem with the rumors is that they have TJ’s opening in the soon to be closed Yoke’s in Spokane Valley, in Lincoln Heights, in an old Costco store, on 29th, in Coeur d’Alene, and elsewhere. Supposedly the deal is already signed but work won’t begin until the first half of 2011, say the rumors. Some of these rumors have been alive for several years (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), each saying TJ’s is opening “next year”.
The one rumor that does make sense is that Trader’s Joe’s would come to Spokane to open up a store plus a separate warehouse/distribution center (trucking) to serve a wide regional area for future expansion. Spokane is today home to a very large warehouse/distribution industry sector, with operations spread all over the area.
Another rumor that makes some sense is that TJ’s would open up on South Hill in Spokane, plus another in Coeur d’Alene, as part of that distribution center set up.
At the very least, perhaps all this rumor mill stuff is a marketing strategy for them?
We’ve gone down this path before – Whole Foods signed paper work on a building, and then never came. There’s some old info on TJ’s “coming to Spokane” in that article too. Also, three years ago, someone at QFC on the west side said they were opening in Spokane in just a few months – never happened.