Thursday, February 1, 2018
Claim: A Trader Joe's won't be coming to new development at 14th and A after all
[Photo of 432-438 E.14th St. from Saturday]
An EVG reader was recently at the Trader Joe's on 14th Street at Irving Place. A store employee told the reader that Trader Joe's is no longer opening an outpost at 432-438 E. 14th St. — the new development in the former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office.
In May 2017, The Real Deal, citing anonymous sources, first reported that Trader Joe's "quietly signed a lease about two months ago with Mack Real Estate and Benenson Capital Partners ... for 8,531 square on the ground floor and 14,170 square feet on the lower level."
Since then, there haven't been any further updates about TJ's arrival here in the base of the 8-story, 114-unit rental at Avenue A.
According to the 14th Street employee, Trader Joe's is opening locations on the Upper West Side and Soho in 2018, and will look for a spot on the Lower East Side. The Trader Joe's newsroom lists the UWS and Soho openings for later this year. There isn't any mention of a second 14th Street outpost. (There's also no mention of the TJ's outpost reported to be coming to Essex Crossing.)
Will update if/when we hear anything more on what's coming to the retail space at 432-438 E. 14th St.
Meanwhile, one block to the east, work continues at the incoming small-format Target store, which will sell, among other things, an assortment of so-called grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and beverages.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Looking at the future home of 14th Street's 2nd Trader Joe's (27 comments)