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Trader Joe's to open in Hollywood, then maybe Montrose. But not downtown L.A.?

May 20, 2010 |  7:44 am


Communities around Southern California fight to lure Trader Joe's, the grocery store chain.

Some fail (downtown L.A. has been lobbying for years but still has not gotten one). But a new store in Hollywood is about to open, and Trader Joe's appears poised to come to Montrose as well.

Glendale is finalizing an agreement to lease city-owned property in Montrose to Trader Joe’s for a new store. Under the proposed lease agreement, which would require a City Council vote next week, the grocery chain would build a 14,670-square-foot single-story store at 2448-2468 Honolulu Ave.

The site at the corner of Honolulu and Orangedale avenues was previously home to a Ford dealership, but has been used as a public parking lot across from the Montrose branch library and fire station, according to the Glendale News-Press' Melanie Hicken.

Curbed L.A. reports that the long-awaited Trader Joe's will open Friday at 8 a.m. at corner of Selma Avenue and Vine Street. 

One commenter on the website laments: Ok - I'm very bitter - can't even be nice about this.
How come Hollywood gets a TJ's and not Downtown?  PLEASE TJ's - Come Downtown. I promise we will love you!"

-- Shelby Grad

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times