Trader Joe’s starts work on Wilmington store

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Submitted: Wed, 05/09/2012 - 9:17pm
Updated: Wed, 05/09/2012 - 9:20pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s official: Trader Joe’s is coming to Wilmington.

Wilmington City Planner Ron Satterfield confirms that grocery store chain is going ahead with a 13,000 square-foot store at the corner of S. College Road and Oleander Drive. The plans call for 81 parking spaces.

No word yet on when it is expected to open.


  • jo says:

    when r they going to start to hire? i would love to get a job there.

  • jane quattrocchi says:

    when is opening day in the wilmington nc store

  • Barb says:

    What about the half empty shopping area at Monkey Junction??? That would have been perfect place for Trader Joes. There seems to be a lot of space available there. We can’t even seem to get a Starbucks on that side of town!

  • Guest7969 says:

    AGREE!! STUPID location! The person that chose the location and the person that approved the permit…need to be yelled at by their bosses at the least! Trader Joes isn’t going to make it in that location! As was said..PLENTY of empty buildings in town in more suitable locations for Trader Joes! If they had ANY sense they would STOP NOW and rethink their location decision!

  • Guestgingergrant says:

    I’d really like to know the thought (?) process that went into the decision to choose this location, the most congested intersection in town.
    And why build from the ground up when there are numerous vacant buildings with adequate parking that could have accommodated Trader Joe’s easily?
    I won’t say I won’t shop there, but if it’s a pain to get in and out of, I’ll definitely shop elsewhere unless I need a specialty item.

  • Residant says:

    AW come on! Did anyone consider that the city wants the traffic problem so they can ask for something else to resolve the trader Joe’s traffic issue as to really get something else approved.
    They did this same sort of buiding in Raleigh and it seems to work there. So we will see BUT YEAH there on their way!

  • Jennifer Boylston says:

    I concur about everything you said! I can’t wait until TJ’s is open! and no matter where they would’ve put it traffic would be a NIGHTMARE, as is always is in most intersections of Wilmy. I especially agree with the DECADES of poor road planning! Yet, I still love our city! =)

  • Rob Younger says:

    Yeah, Traders in an already vacant building would be nice, but seriously, is anyone going to miss that ‘open for a week in 1999′ bagel/whatever it was on the corner eyesore? Didn’t think so. Wilmington traffic is already a congested nightmare due to DECADES of poor planning. Get over it. Better yet, if you hate the congestion so much, you’re welcome to help alleviate the problem by moving yourself to a different city where traffic problems don’t exist. I won’t miss you a bit!
    This store will crush it. Plenty of us will shop there, and those who don’t will be missing out!

  • Jackie says:

    I personally don’t care how difficult it will or will not be getting into Trader Joes. I moved here from Charlotte and am thrilled they are coming to Wilmington. Have you checked our their produce, frozen goods, breads, not to mention their tremendously inexpensive wine variety……they can’t be beat on quality, variety, and PRICE! Again, I’m thrilled.

  • Guest2012 says:

    Right next to A Giant Political Sign for jason thompson.

    Sweet Irony!

    A Mad tax paying citizen voter who vowed to remember!

    Coming… November 6, 2012

  • bbnz99 says:

    I’m a San Fran Bay Area person who’s often in Wilmington for extended periods. As both TJ & Whole Foods are favs on our ‘left coast’, I am thrilled that both will also be in Wilmington! Whatever the traffic and/or parking issues I’m sure I’ll find a way to work it out–shop at less peak days/times of day, etc.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Are they talking about where the Harris Teeter used to be? If so, they are a bunch of idiots. I worked there and it was horrible getting in and out of there. You can bet I won’t be shopping there. It’s not worth the hassle.

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    We go to one of the stores in Raleigh quite often and like it a lot. I agree that it seems traffic will be a BIG problem but happy all the same.

  • taxpayer says:

    You know the City has a planning commission. The question is whether any of the members of the Planning Commission were awake when they voted to approve the permit.

    I agree with the congestion aspect. There’s a reason this piece of real estate has been a concrete vacant lot for a long time.

  • Terry Blackburn says:

    traffic congestion nightmare. Does this city not have a planning commission?

  • GuestTrader says:

    Trader Joe’s won’t have to rethink their location because it is the right decision for them. In fact, the busy aspect of the intersection probably led them to make that decision. The city is to blame, not Trader Joe’s.

  • Nita says:

    I am very excited about getting Trader Joe’s too, but can anyone on the planning board please tell us why that location was chosen. It was obviously NOT with proper consideration regarding traffic flow or safety.

    Call me a cynic, but who gained, politically or financially, from this decision. Just another great decision from our officials.

  • Guest3369 says:

    Ok, let’s look at this…a very popular store coming to town on one of if not the busiest and accident riddled intersections in ALL of New Hanover County…YEAH! THAT’S not going cause any problems. Terrible decision to put it there.

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