Finding another market-like purveyor of grocery goods in Boulder can happen in pretty short order — throw a rock, hit an organic vendor. We have everything from Whole Foods to the farmer’s market and everything in between.
But like many others, I’m waiting for that mythical Trader Joe’s going in at the 29th Street Mall.
Having lived in California and Nevada prior to moving to the Front Range, the extent of my Sad Face when I realized there was no Trader Joe’s in Colorado can’t be expressed. I missed the darling little mochi ball Trader Joe’s brand ice cream treats. Their veggie breakfast patties. Aisles filled with chocolate-covered-somethings that would justify my gym membership. Well, there’s a Trader Joe’s going in down in Denver on the Colorado Blvd. corridor (in a location that dismays many local residents traffic-wise). A contract has just been signed for a location in Greenwood Village, too. And we’re supposed to be getting one in Boulder.
Rumor has it, that is.
But the location at the 29th Street Mall sure doesn’t look like much progress has been made for a reported 2013 opening. Bueller?
This morning, The Daily Camera took a look at the reported delays as word had cropped up that the store was being pushed to a 2014 opening. Officials from the 29th Street Mall say that the location is still on-target for a late 2013 opening date. That means, however, going from ground zero where the old Applebee’s stood (demolished in May 2013) to a fully open 14,000 square foot store in under 4 months. And with Boulder’s startup culture, I have no doubt that’s doable — Techstars is getting serious stuff done and in less time, but I’m doubting those cohort companies have to deal with city building permits and multiple vendors.
So — if you’re like me and craving a giant bag of sesame sticks and small-purchase produce from Trader Joe’s, it looks like we might be in for a longer wait than anticipated. In the meantime, I’ll be hitting up the farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I’m sure our local vendors won’t mind this teeny delay in welcoming a small- to mid-box retailer to Boulder County.
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