Trader Joe's NOT coming into the Castro
This morning, Trader Joe's decided not to pursue a new location at Noe and Market Streets (the old Tower Records site). After two years of on-again-off-again consideration of the site, Trader Joe's decided that the location was not going to work for its business model, one that is fairly reliant on automobile visits.
I'm disappointed about this outcome, because I do believe that Trader Joe's would have added a great food option for the neighborhood. However, I respect Trader Joe's decision and think highly of the company.
I will immediately begin working with the property owner to bring in one or more retailers that will add to the neighborhood. This is a priority for me.
On the bright side, Mollie Stone's will be opening this coming Wednesday, March 9, at 9 a.m. on 18th Street. I hope to see you there.