So is Columbia Getting a Trader Joe’s or Not?


Could Columbia land a Trader Joe’s?

All signs indicate the popular low-cost grocery chain is taking a serious look at the Midlands. The famously tight-lipped company, however, gives its pat answer that Columbia is not in its “two-year plan.” So does that mean Columbia will not get a Trader Joe’s in the next two years?

“There’s always a chance something could change,” spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said.

Mochizuki would not confirm whether or not Trader Joe’s has been scouting sites in the Columbia area. But commercial brokers say they have been talking with the company famous for its cheap store brands and unique products, such as “Two-Buck Chuck” wine.

Robin Dial at the Dial, Dunlap and Edwards real estate firm said he has pitched the former Adluh Flour warehouse in the Vista to the company. He said he is in casual talks with Trader Joe’s officials but not serious negotiations. The site, with just 52 parking spaces, could have parking issues, though, and might be a better fit for a smaller retail operation mixed with offices, he said.


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