I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but after getting in touch with several employees at Trader Joe’s involved with corporate operations asking about Trader Joe’s opening in Downtown LA in the near future, I was directed to their customer relations where I was told that Trader Joe’s won’t be opening up in Downtown LA anytime soon. In fact, I was told specifically that it wasn’t in their company’s 3-year expansion plan. No explanation given. Thank you.
This is especially frustrating to Downtown LA residents who have collectively “yelled out” loud and clear that a neighborhood Trader Joe’s is the highest on a “Downtown LA wish list” survey conducted by the Downtown Center BID. Approximately 92% of Downtown LA survey respondents rated Trader Joe’s as the main preferred grocery store they wanted to see open downtown.
You would think Trader Joe’s would be clamoring to open in Downtown LA since the median income of residents is at $86,300, which is nothing to sneeze at. I also thought they would surely consider the location at 845 S Figueroa St because the current remodeling/upgrading of the office building would tailor the ground floor specifically to a mid-size grocery store (around 20,000 SF) and there would be onsite parking AND the location would be sandwiched by the future upscale FIGat7th shopping mall (to the north) and LA Live/Farmers Field (to the south). Perfect location in my opinion if I were choosing where to put a Trader Joe’s.
But alas, the mystery continues as to why Trader Joe’s seems to revel in some kind of sadistic pleasure at Downtown LA’s fawning and frustration over the grocery store we just can’t seem to have.
No bad news should come without good news right? Well, I spoke to reps at Whole Foods and Fresh & Easy and they are both currently looking for space downtown. Now there’s a reason to smile.