Trader Joe’s, one of the country’s most popular grocery stores, will open in Huntsville, Mayor Tommy Battle announced on Wednesday.
Battle made the announcement during his annual address to the city, which he provided to a virtual audience due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
Battle said Trader Joe’s will find the MidCity area in the western part of the city. MidCity is a mixed community under construction on University Drive on the site of the former Madison Square Mall.
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The Beatle said Trader Joe’s will open in Huntsville in 2021, but did not provide further details, referring questions to Trader Joe’s. The company was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.
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Trader Joe’s goes beyond just being a grocery store, it’s kind of like a seal of approval for the cities where he decides to find it. Huntsville is on track to become Alabama’s largest city in five years.
And as Battle noted in its announcement, this is the economic development chosen for Rocket City for years – some are even openly seeking the food chain to bring a place to Huntsville. In 2011, the city of Huntsville conducted a retail survey and participants put Trader Joe’s at the top of their list.
And in 2018, RCP Companies, the developers of MidCity, wrote a letter asking the food chain to consider Huntsville and encouraged people in Northern Alabama to contact Trader Joe’s on Facebook.
Trader Joe’s has also been on the battle radar for a long time.
“Ten years ago, I watched the New Year’s parade at the Rose Bowl, and Merchant Joe had a float in it,” the Beatle said. “I sent a note to the president of Trader Joe’s and said that we would be really glad to see you all come to Huntsville. He sent a very nice note, but basically said that Huntsville was not ready.
“It simply came to our notice then. We are now ready for one of the best retailers, which will be tied to the rest of the retail we offer. It just gives you a plate full of suggestions for our community. ”
Trader Joe’s stores offer unique groceries with a focus on healthy foods, and its employees wear Hawaiian shirts.
Other companies already open in MidCity include Topgolf and Dave & Buster’s. Office complexes and luxury apartments are also provided for the area.
Updated today, October 14, 2020, at 5:49 PM. With new information everywhere.