Letter: Surveys say folks want TJ's grocer
As a newer resident in the area, there are facts about the arrival of Trader Joe's of which Kyle Anderson may not be aware.
When the Gateway Mall was in the planning stages over nine years ago, a survey of residents was undertaken to determine what stores we would like to see in the mall. At that time, more than 7,000 area residents responded saying they'd like a Trader Joe's. A subsequent survey, specifically asking about Trader Joe's, drew over 8,000 requests for the store.
Contrary to Mr. Anderson's opinion, Trader Joe's definitely is NOT targeted at the wealthy. Their prices are lower than those of most supermarkets in the area, and they will provide a selection of foods, wines, and specialty items which will add a variety of new choices for shoppers. In addition, for small families or single people, they offer Costco quality in small quantities.
At the time the traditional supermarkets were established in the area, the economy was certainly not what it is today, and the area needed standard food purveyors.
Today, in order to expand our tax base and attract new businesses and jobs to an area where there has been little retail development in the last several years, a new facility will offer more choices of location to owners of new businesses and of existing businesses currently in older, and in some cases obsolete, facilities. Trader Joe's should add to that attraction, and those businesses, the city, and area residents will benefit from its presence.