UPDATE: Trader Joe's Plans Locations in Memorial, Montrose

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Inside a Pittsburgh-area Trader Joe's.
UPDATE: The Houston Business Journal reports that Trader Joe's has also received a sales tax permit for 2922 S. Shepherd, which is the location of the Alabama Theater. It looks like plans for the Montrose incarnation of the grocery store in the repurposed theater are back on.

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According to a post from Swamplot this morning, Trader Joe's #427 has received a sales permit for a location at 1440 S. Voss, near San Felipe.

This proposed Trader Joe's location seems to place the grocery store on a now empty pad site that was once occupied by a Michael's. It's also directly across the street from an existing Randall's, and only a few short blocks away from a Whole Foods and a Kroger, so it's not as if the California-based grocery chain would be moving into a grocery-starved area. On the other hand, this location would place Trader Joe's smack in the middle of one of Houston's wealthiest concentration of residents.

This news runs contrary to an earlier scoop that placed Trader Joe's in the old Alabama Theater on Shepherd, between River Oaks and Montrose. But one thing hasn't changed: Although it's ostensibly a discount grocery store in many ways, Trader Joe's is trading on the wealthier parts of town as it moves into the Houston market.

The first Trader Joe's to open in the greater metro area will be in The Woodlands, one of Houston's wealthiest exurbs. It's the same strategy the grocery chain practiced when it announced plans to move into the Dallas market, announcing it would open stores in Plano and on Lower Greenville.

The sales tax permit for the Memorial-area Trader Joe's was received on December 28; as of now, there is no word on when the store itself plans to open.



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Judy
Judy

It would be nice if Trader Joe's would answer inquiries about LOCAL vendors being welcome to supply or at least if they would entertain that idea.  I live in, work in, for a TEXAS owned company and have inquired numerous times to Trader Joe's to just speak to them to supply the Texas stores and I get not so much as a reply.  I should think they would care and their customers would care to keep Texas money in Texas

krmcn
krmcn

Prefer the old, family-owned, and not so snooty Trader's.

scotter
scotter

Hurray... I can finally stop asking my grad school son in Boston to ship my wife's favorite facial cleanser from Trader Joes.  Hurry up, Joe!

The Marlboro Woman
The Marlboro Woman

Woo hoo!  My area of town. Will Trader Joe's use the entire lot? Although I love, love the Whole Foods on Woodway, their selection is so limited compared to their other locations.  As for the Safeway-owned Randalls, that store needs to die a merciful death.  Service is non-existent, the deli closes at 6 p.m. and you're lucky if you can find one register open during high traffic times.  

Matthew
Matthew

i hope the med center is prepped for the influx of OD-ing inner-loopers trying to off themselves with the news of their continued snubbing by their grocery-store messiah.

Kate Sommers
Kate Sommers

Judy, all of trader joe's product comes from one central warehouse and needs to be approved through their corporate office.  The only "local" vendors they use are for bread, wine and beer, so you would have to have a large enough production that you could distribute to all trader joe's locations nation wide.  Obviously not an ideal situation for local vendors, but that's what whole foods is for.  That being said, you may notice local codes for things such as dairy and eggs as they try to source those products near the warehouse.

Donna K
Donna K

Trader Joe's is anything but snooty!  They are helpful, kind, and extremely friendly.  I just moved to Houston a month ago from Santa Barbara,CA and the worst part of moving to Houston was no TJ's.  I am STOKED they are coming to Houston.  I will travel to any TJ's location to by my standard stock of food.  Love you TJ's....just love you!  For all you Houstonians who are not aware of TJ's you're in for an amazing treat.

Mister Kay
Mister Kay

Agreed, that Randall's has been on life support for maqny years......

Judy
Judy

My company is nationwide.  I am based in Houston and they won't even return a phone call.  We are reputable and sell to many major chains.  They are rude to not even allow a dialogue. We are large enough and well respected enough to supply the entire chain of Trader Joe's.  I am just really irritated that they won't speak to me in any capacity when they feel necessary to come into our marketplace they should speak to our residents as well.

Jack Tyler
Jack Tyler

Our house is inside of a box bordered by Voss, Woodway, San Felipe and Chimney Rock. In three minutes, we can get to an H.E.B., 2 Rice Epicureans, 2 Randalls, Kroger and Whole Foods. I'm not sure what keeps Rice (Fountain View) and Randalls (Voss) alive (they don't seem to be), but I suppose that this is a good neighborhood for supermarkets. We go to H.E.B. for the most local and Texas products... but their seafood counter doesn't even have prices up until nearly noon... Rice is the most expensive and they only serve a couple of customers an hour... Randall's has fewer that that. Kroger and H.E.B. do the most business and are very crowded. Your comment about arrogance of new businesses coming to town is valid... there is an arrogance that comes from the fact that a well-known brand has chosen to do us a favor.  Eatzi's came to town with a big head and a limited selection... that's a vacant lot now. I guess there will be a lot of attention paid to Trader Joe's by those seeking "two-three-four-buck-Chuck" wine for a while just like a lot of people drank Coors when it was first available here... not so much now. I seek out Texas brands, produce, ranched and fished products, but it would be a mistake to think that most in my neighborhood care one way or another.

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