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Trader Joe's is Coming to Evanston

The store will move into the old Blockbuster space at 1211 Chicago Ave.

Trader Joe's will open a 13,000-square-foot store in Evanston early next year, the company announced today.

This will be the first outpost of the popular grocery store in Evanston, and the 14th in the state. Judging by the comments on a recent story about , as well as the responses on Evanston Patch's Facebook page to the Trader Joe's announcement that are heavily laced with exclamation points, the news will be warmly received by residents.

City officials expressed their delight as well.

"I am thrilled that Trader Joe's has signed a lease and is scheduled to come to Evanston in the next year," Third Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne, whose district will house the new store, said in a press release.

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl pointed to the announcement as a sign that Evanston's economy is "definitely on an upswing," according to the press release.

Trader Joe's said the store is slated to open in the first quarter of 2013.

Want to stay on top of breaking business news, like Evanston Patch's Facebook Page.

jim February 18, 2012 at 05:43 PM
RETAIL THEFT Two bottles of Absolut Vodka and two bottles of Grey Goose vodka were stolen from the Jewel supermarket around 11:15 p.m. Sunday on 1100 block of Chicago Avenue
Cindy Hogan-Jevon February 18, 2012 at 07:45 PM
sadly that happens everywhere, doesn't make it a "bad neighborhood"
John Brinkmann February 22, 2012 at 08:00 PM
There's nothing at all dangerous with this neighborhood---that is unless someone boosting a few bottles of booze from Jewel scares you....On second thought though, we are talking about the same neighborhood where Christine doused herself in gasoline---(sorry Christine, couldn't help but try and add a little levity at your expense)
Christine Wolf February 23, 2012 at 01:29 AM
No worries, John. I'm glad to say my gasoline dousing didn't do more harm than it did. And in case readers are wondering what we're talking about, here you go: http://evanston.patch.com/articles/what-a-gas
Barbara Perkins April 27, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Hey Fred, check out the police blotter for Winnetka and other northshore communities. I'm afraid you'll find more heinous crimes than the one's you list here for Evanston. The theft you mention here is called "shrinkage" and is experienced by every retailer in every community.

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