Friday, October 19, 2018
Trader Joe's: No current plans for grocery at 432-438 E. 14th St.
The Trader Joe's opens today down in one of the Essex Crossing buildings on Clinton and Grand.
The company first made this announcement on Oct. 4, 2016.
News of this debut has prompted questions about the TJ's reported/alleged for the new development — EVE! — in the former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 432-438 E. 14th St. at Avenue A.
As the above photo shows, that space remains pretty much a shell. (The residential portion of the building is progressing, especially as seen from the 13th Street side. Leasing is expected this fall, per one report.)
In May 2017, The Real Deal, citing anonymous sources, 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."
There hasn't been much else mentioned about this location (aside from some TJ clerk gossip that it wasn't happening). However, in a preview of EVE in August, City Realty noted: "To the delight of residents and neighbors, Trader Joe’s is the building’s retail tenant."
Aside from the ground-floor space looking pretty raw, the area outside this storefront will reportedly serve as one of the the main staging areas for repairs during the L-train shutdown. While the L-train service ends for 18 months starting this coming April, the prep work has been ongoing since the summer of 2017.
Anyway, now that I've buried the lead... I asked the Trader Joe's PR office if they are still opening an outpost at this address. Their response: "Unfortunately, we do not have any current plans for a store at that location."
Previously on EV Grieve:
Claim: A Trader Joe's won't be coming to new development at 14th and A after all
All about EVE, the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office-replacing rentals on 14th Street
Nightmare scenario for residents who learn that 14th Street and Avenue A will be the main staging area for the L-train reconstruction