Trader Joe's Not Coming to Woodbridge in Near Future

The grocery store chain recommends readers continue requesting a move to Woodbridge.

Trader Joe's just replied to Supervisor Mike May's request that they open a store in Woodbridge, and while the news isn't all bad for the store's local fans, it looks like Woodbridge will not see a Trader Joe's in the near future. 

Facebook page Bring Trader Joe's to Woodbridge, VA shared an excerpt of May's summary of the store's response. 

"Although we are not in their two year plan for expansion, they did forward our letter to their real estate team for consideration," May wrote. "They also recommended we continue to fill out the location request forms at www.traderjoes.com/about/location-requests-form.asp."

Prince William County Patch readers have been begging for a Trader Joe's for awhile, and in May's recent letter to Trader Joe's, he suggested that a move to Woodbridge could be very successful to the store.

"So although it’s not coming yet, I am hopeful if we keep pushing we can eventually persuade them that there is a market for them here!" May wrote to Bring Trader Joe's to Woodbridge, VA. "So please tell all your friends and neighbors to fill out those forms and let's keep pushing this issue!"

Debra Weston-Williams May 03, 2013 at 06:44 PM
We most definately need a good seafood restaurant in the area!!!!
miriam May 03, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Their loss.
Adam Hunter May 04, 2013 at 12:42 AM
nobody loves woodbridge; no trader joes, no whole foods, no macy's, no apple store....man what are we "chopped liver"..jeez.
Dick Grayson June 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM
IT'S ALL ABOUT, WHAT WE NEED VS. WHAT WE WANT VS. WHAT CAN WE GET... Retailers have a set formula on what they are looking for and expecting for a successful location. Keep in mind Woodbridge / Lake Ridge is now on their radar, so don't think this letter is a negative, it is a simple we haven't planned that far out but keep reminding us and it could end up where we set our sights. At meetings we have attended, Retailers put on what is called a "retail runway" that allows the retailer to show off to communities as well as potential developers the exact formula that is used to determine site criteria. The location Mr. May wrote about may not have been their target. In all actuality, Rappaport may have a long standing agreement with Safeway to not allow new "super market" retail to be added to the tenants of Tackett's Mill. Also the surrounding community may not be within the demographic window of what Trader Joe's sees as potential customers. There are many factors that could cause this decision to be made. Unfortunately there wasn't a favorable response but with the market rebounding and construction on the way up, there is potential for businesses such as Trader Joe's or Whole Foods to enter the market within the next few years. Keep hope and continue to write letters, because keeping on their radar is just the way to encourage business, because then they know they will have instant customers once a location does open! Just some thoughts for the road!... HAVE PLAN IN PLACE –Know The Value of Incorporating Retail into your Community's Economic Development Strategy –Know What You Want From Retail –Know What Retailers Expect and Want MARKET YOUR COMMUNITY –Managing Expectations (Public Officials & Residents) –Persistence –Proactive The four “Rs” of Retail Development as it relates to your objectives: –Recruitment (New Commitments) –Retention (Keeping Existing) –Revitalization (white elephants – Empty Store Fronts) –Replacement (Infill, Relocation & More Appropriate Matches) http://www.pwcei.org/
Patrick Martins October 01, 2013 at 04:14 PM
There is a Bonefish Grill opening where the Uno's pizza place was near Best Buy, but I guess Wegmans is the closest option for now.


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