Sunday, December 17, 2023

[ALERT] Trader Joe's Finally Looking to Grow its Georgia Presence

If you had more Trader Joe's stores on your holiday wish list, you're in luck!  We have heard rumblings for more than a year that the popular boutique grocer was looking to add to its metro Atlanta presence and that smoke seems to have some fire now.  

At least one store was reportedly confirmed by the company, with another source close to the grocer telling ToNeTo Atlanta that as many as six new Trader Joe's are planned for the greater metro Atlanta area over the next two years.  

Forsyth County News (FCN) this week reported it received confirmation from Trader Joe's that they plan to open a new store in Alpharetta.  The grocer reportedly declined to identify the exact location but FCN along with ToNeTo Atlanta both suspect the store is planned for phase 2 of Halcyon off Exit 12 in Forsyth County.  

Documents reviewed by ToNeTo Atlanta indicate that Halcyon developer RocaPoint Partners was earlier this year working with Forsyth County on some additional land use entitlements for the development of a "high-end, extremely desirable national retailer."  The developer indicated that there was a Non-Disclosure Agreement  (NDA) in place that precluded them from naming the retailer.

Real estate sources with whom ToNeTo Atlanta spoke both over the summer (when we first heard of the Alpharetta store), and more recently, indicate that the size of the store and the secrecy surrounding it are indications of a Trader Joe's store.  

Monrovia, California-based Trader Joe's opened its first stores in metro Atlanta in October 2006.  Today the company operates a total of six stores in metro Atlanta - Midtown, Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Peachtree Corners and East Cobb - with a seventh Georgia store in Athens which opened in late 2010. 

By comparison, Aldi, which has owned Trader Joe's since 1979, operates 78 stores across Georgia. [Aldi in the U.S. is operated by "Aldi SΓΌd" while Trader Joe's is owned by "Aldi Nord" with both divisions tracing their roots to brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht.]  That said, the excitement of an Aldi opening in a neighborhood pales in comparison to news that Trader Joe's is coming.  

ToNeTo Atlanta has been in existence for more than fifteen years, and in our nearly 4,000 posts, Trader Joe's is the most frequently mentioned name when readers respond to what should replace x, y, or z, even if x, y, or z are a former Mattress Firm, a Burger King or a Walmart.  

According to a source close to the Trader Joe's, the new stores planned for Georgia are: "in the Halcyon area of south Forsyth County, " "in the Peachtree City area," 2 to 3 "in the Atlanta area," and one "in the Decatur area." 

Aside from the Halcyon phase two location, ToNeTo Atlanta is confident in its identification of at least two of the other sites including one near Decatur and another near Atlanta but are not publishing for now as we await confirmation.  

If Trader Joe's does open in the above referenced locations, do you think Atlanta will have enough stores?  What potential upcoming Trader Joe's store are you most excited about?  What is your favorite Trader Joe's item?  

Please share your thoughts below.  

P.S. - If anyone from Trader Joe's sees this, please bring back the cinnamon babka!

166 comments:

Anonymous said...

When are they opening in the old Drug Emporium/Michaels on Piedmont by Miami Circle? When does Michaels move into the old Cubs/Bennies and Office Depot?

Anonymous said...

Near Decatur!!! πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸŽ†πŸŽ†

Anonymous said...

Actually, the ALDI in the U.S. is not the same as the ALDI that operates Trader Joe's. They both stem from the same family business in Germany but split into two separate groups: ALDI Nord and ALDI SΓΌd. ALDI stores in the U.S. are run by ALDI SΓΌd, while Trader Joe's is operated by ALDI Nord. Despite their common origins, they function as distinct and independent entities today.

Anonymous said...

But many items are found in both stores just in different packages or labels

Anonymous said...

80% of TJ’s food is highly processed packaged products and high in salt, calories and fat

Anonymous said...

Hoping Braselton can snag them for a location.

Anonymous said...

Dunwoody will be a huge market

Anonymous said...

Rumors continue to abound that TJs will land at the Avenue Peachtree City. It will do well there.

Anonymous said...

Buford needs one!!

Anonymous said...

Woodstock or Canton need one

Anonymous said...

No one needs a Trader Joe’s. It is a fine store, but DMY.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely. Give me a Towne Lake or Bells Ferry location 😁

Anonymous said...

And it will make that already hellish intersection even worse

Anonymous said...

There isn’t enough parking at the Avenue. Besides the article said PTC area not in PTC. Won’t it be a hoot if Sharpsburg lands it instead of PTC?πŸ˜‚

Anonymous said...

We need one in Gwinnett!!! Lawrenceville or Duluth would be a hit!

Anonymous said...

Please dear lord open one in Lagrange. It will be a halfway point from Auburn and Atlanta. Lagrange is growing VERY fast with such a need for healthier options!

Anonymous said...

If the local politicians are able to keep a midrise apartment community away, I bet that Trader Joe’s comes to the Oglethorpe Publix location following their move to the Cambridge Square location. I know this whole community Can’t wait for Cambridge Square to be rebuilt up and opened with Publix. It looks like Based on a site map on the Regency centers website that the liquor store and one additional small store will be in its own building next to the drive-through pharmacy. Interestingly, while the site map looks to be very updated, it’s those shows Starbucks in that corner location where it formerly was located. I wonder if Starbucks is just taking a breather and will become part of the all new
Cambridge Square. So much thanks to our former district one Congress person Linley Jones for helping secure the future plans of Cambridge Square to include expanded retail instead of high density apartments. Especially with Linley not part of the leadership team I’m not sure they will be able to keep high density apartments away from Overthorpe however, if they do, I’d bet Trader Joe’s moves in. Lastly I second the motion for Trader Joe’s to bring back the cinnamon Babka! I personally like chocolate bapka , but cinnamon is great. Bagel licious on Johnson ferry in East Cobb has a good bapka , and they have a good challah!

Anonymous said...

Kennesaw or West Cobb please!!

Anonymous said...

TUCKER!!!

Anonymous said...

Please consider Valdosta, GA!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely no chance they’ll be in Lagrange. Their market requirements for them to even consider a location viable are way higher than Lagrange can provide. I’m glad to hear Lagrange is growing more and hopefully will clean up some of the rough areas.

Anonymous said...

We need one in West Cobb. It takes me 40 minutes to drive to the East Cobb location, which isn’t worth it to me. West Cobb would be a great location!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes please Decatur. Just not the city of Decatur, as traffic and parking will
Be an issue just like at Lennox and midtown.

Anonymous said...

Better place than the Avenue would be the old K-Mart or Steinmart locations. Fill an empty space!

Jay Damoli said...

Went to Trader Joes a few times. Never saw any reason to go back. I believe there's a huge percentage of the readers of this blog that simply are too lazy to cook. Always clamoring for fast food restaurants and places like TJs, where they can consume over salted garbage loaded with empty calories.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Would love it if they would come to the new Fischer Crossing shopping area across from Sam’s and Costco.

Anonymous said...

Yes please! Or snellville.

Anonymous said...

West Cobb could definitely use a Trader Joe's. The fastest growing area in metro Atlanta, and all other grocers are already here!

Anonymous said...

Please Please open in Halcyon!!! We really need a Trader Joe's in north Atlanta!!

Anonymous said...

TLDR

Anonymous said...

PLEASE PUT ONE IN SMYRNA

Anonymous said...

SMYRNA PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

Somewhere north Georgia, Canton, Woodstock, Cumming or Dawsonville.

Anonymous said...

Really would love one in camp creek area

Anonymous said...

West Cobb needs Trader Joe’s desperately.

Anonymous said...

I wrote to Corporate Trader Joe's and requested they look at the closed Sprouts store on P'ree Industrial and Sugarloaf as a possible store location. Finger's crossed!

Anonymous said...

WOW, stirred up yet!

Anonymous said...

I hate it when this blog asks the question "where would you like to see...". ?Never again will I take the bait and read the responses.

Anonymous said...

Buford please!

Anonymous said...

The don’t eat it - simple resolution

Anonymous said...

West midtown please!!

Anonymous said...

Savannah ga please!!

Anonymous said...

Yesssss!

Anonymous said...

I agree Canton needs One

Anonymous said...

West Cobb- in the avenue at west cobb!

Anonymous said...

Smyrna please! Or Somewhere on the west side!

Anonymous said...

Smyrna, GA PLEASE!! Shocked there isn’t a TJ’s here yet! Since the Braves moved to the area - it’s booming!

Anonymous said...

West Cobb!! Smyrna/Vinings!!

Anonymous said...

Don’t go there then. Who cares? Your money won’t make any difference to them. Stay home and cool weeds and roaches from your back yard for your dinner.

Anonymous said...

Then don't go and don't worry about what other people eat.

Anonymous said...

Then don't go there. Get a life and mind your own business.

Anonymous said...

In Sharpshurg it would be great

Anonymous said...

My god, please make your way to Henry county. People beg for Trader Joe’s down there

Anna said...

Tucker, GA Please!!!!

Anonymous said...

absolutely one in Gwinnett - having to drive from Loganville to either Athens or Norcross is the pits.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE build one in Cedarcrest (paulding county) or surrounding area to Seven Hills community. It would make a killing and there is a ton of opportunity out here. My husband and I seriously considered seeing how we could open one.

Anonymous said...

how about Alma?

Anonymous said...

I agree !!

Anonymous said...

We need an Aldi in the Dawsonville, Georgia area desperately. We also need a Trader Joe’s in either Dawsonville or Gainesville, Georgia area. I lived in Roswell and just moved to these areas, and miss Aldi and Trader Joe’s.

Anonymous said...

Peachtree City!!! We need a Trader Joe’s south of the perimeter! πŸŽ‰

Anonymous said...

Wife loves Trader Joe’s, I don’t really get the appeal, they don’t have everything we needs so have to hit Kroger anyway.

Anonymous said...

We would love a Trader Joe's in Woodstock, GA! I love their cheeses, their salmon, and the chocolate babka.

Anonymous said...

Camp Creek or Cascade area please.

Anonymous said...

Canton!!

Anonymous said...

Bolton residents would support having a TJ especially with a billion under construction, next to the river and next to Buckhead

Anonymous said...

Need one in Canton, GA

Anonymous said...

Come southeast in Georgia, Augusta needs a TJ's !!! Please!

Anonymous said...

Yes!!!!! Please

Anonymous said...

Yes West Cobb!

Anonymous said...

Yes!! I go to their website and request on a regular basis.

Anonymous said...

They would make so much money in West Cobb

Anonymous said...

There is one in Sandy Springs, just outside Dunwoody

Anonymous said...

Newnan...definitely would be an excellent place...there's lots of money new and old..its growing fast...and lots of lots of homes townhouses and apartments being built

Anonymous said...

Augusta Ga

Anonymous said...

The Braselton area can support one with ease! πŸ€“

Anonymous said...

Columbus would be the far more realistic option

Anonymous said...

Please come to Stockbridge, Ga! We have been asking for one in Henry County for years! We are open for business! Sincerely,
LG

Anonymous said...

Braselton please

Anonymous said...

Please give Stonecrest a try! Would love to have a TJ's here.

Anonymous said...

Gainesville GA please!!!

Anonymous said...

Bitch, please.

Anonymous said...

Same! I request one for either Smyrna, Kennesaw, West Cobb Marietta, and Downtown Marietta. Any of those locations would be good enough for me! I’m in Powder Springs.

Anonymous said...

Yes to West Cobb! I live in the area and it’s crazy to think that the Sandy Springs location takes a little less time for me to get to than the East Cobb location.

Anonymous said...

YES! Gainesville, Dawsonville, even Braselton. I live in North Hall county near Murrayville and drive 70 plus minutes each way to shop at the closest TJs every few weeks.

Anonymous said...

Gainesville!

Anonymous said...

Conyers or Covington Please!

Anonymous said...

It’s great food and value. If you don’t like it - don’t buy it.

Anonymous said...

Please come to Savannah.

Anonymous said...

West Cobb, Smyrna

Anonymous said...

I agree !

Anonymous said...

Stonecrest

Anonymous said...

We could really use a JCPenneys in Carrollton!

Anonymous said...

@ Anon December 18, 2023 at 6:39 PM Re: Dawsonville

Lidl had the corner where Olive Garden/Outback/Millers/Whataburger are under contract for over a year before they punted thinking that the great folks of Dawsonville weren't worth their time. I'll bet they regret that decision now.

Anonymous said...

we really need help in N ga
ellijay or blueridge

Anonymous said...

Agreed! Tucker/Northlake area, please!

Anonymous said...

Smyrna or Vinings for the love of pete!

Anonymous said...

Would do well and be very popular in Cumming GA.

Anonymous said...

@trader Joe's we need a store in mcdonough or stockbridge or Locust grove georgia please.

Anonymous said...

Douglasville, please!!! We travel an hour one way to get to the one in Sandy Springs.

Anonymous said...

The empty Kmart would the best . Lots of parking and folks on golf carts can get to it! There are two other similar stores near the Steinmart.

Anonymous said...

🀚 I second that!

Anonymous said...

Would love to get a Trader Joe's in Blue Ridge or Blairsville, GA

Anonymous said...

Smyrna GA please!!!!

Anonymous said...

Woodstock Ga ,pls

Anonymous said...

Woodstock ga, pls πŸ‘

Anonymous said...

Please yes! Come north...

Anonymous said...

Definitely a market to come north!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree that bringing it to the old Steinmart location in Fayetteville, GA would be a great idea. Another great location would be Mcdonough, GA since it is growing expediently. There is more need mid-town or South of Atlanta.

Anonymous said...

Cherokee County residents have been asking for a TJ's in Cherokee for a very long time.

Anonymous said...

Villa Rica or Carrollton, please!!! This area would greatly appreciate Trader Joe's!! Publix is moving, so space is aleady available

Anonymous said...

For fun, I had ChatGPT analyze the comments and find the number of times a city was mentioned. These are the most mentions.

City Number of Mentions
Smyrna 8
West Cobb 7
Canton 5
Gainesville 4
Augusta 2
Cambridge Square 2
Decatur 2
Lagrange 2
Peachtree City 2
Savannah 2
Stonecrest 2
Woodstock 2
Blairsville 2
Buford 2
Stockbridge 2
Tucker 2
Blue Ridge 2

Anonymous said...

I had ChatGPT analyze the total city mentions here.

City Number of Mentions
Smyrna 8
West Cobb 7
Canton 5
Gainesville 4
Augusta 2
Cambridge Square 2
Decatur 2
Lagrange 2
Peachtree City 2
Savannah 2
Stonecrest 2
Woodstock 2
Blairsville 2
Buford 2
Stockbridge 2
Tucker 2
Blue Ridge 2

Anonymous said...

Yes, West Cobb!!!

Anonymous said...

Braselton would be a prefect location. You have chΓ’teau across the street which is full of people who would love to shop at TJ’s! Not including all the new neighborhoods that are going in around the area.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

If you choose to buy it. They offer a ton of unprocessed nuts, whole grains, oils, vegetables, personal grooming, eggs, dairy, etc... at the lowest prices in town. Those are mostly what I buy there. It's not their fault that many people like the less healthy stuff. All grocery stores offer lots of processed food.

Anonymous said...

I cook everything. I rarely eat pre-made food. I buy most produce at actual farmer's markets. TJ's is a great, affordable resource for basics (nuts, dairy, grains, oils, etc). If you cook, you still go to grocery stores, and they all offer processed foods.

Anonymous said...

Dawsonville doesn't have nearly the population density, or even the consumer taste, that a successful TJ's needs. Not an insult...I grew up there and all my family lives there still. They all think I cook weird food. Lol. Maybe Woodstock, though?

Anonymous said...

Buford, Lawrenceville, Braselton area!

Anonymous said...

I make a 45 minute drive to TJ about twice a month, I live the organic produce, frozen goods, flowers and so much more! I would love to have a TJ in Conyers! Please consider. There is an ALDIs, I prefer TJ. Please, please consider, Consider Conyers, GA.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Savannah!! In the old Lucky’s Market building!

Anonymous said...

AGREE - DON'T GO !!!

Anonymous said...

Fayette County is begging for you to come!! Please heart us!

Anonymous said...

Everyone keeps saying it can’t happen at Steinmart due to Publix and won’t happen at KMart due to Kroger. I’ll take it anywhere in the PTC, Sharpsburg, Newnan area!

Anonymous said...

CANTON PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

Canton Cherokee County .

Anonymous said...

Halcyon in Forsyth is NOT Alpharetta. I don't know why they insist on calling it that. It's a totally different zip code and different county than Alpharetta, which is in Fulton County.

That being said, I would love to see a Trader Joe's in actual Alpharetta, Milton or Johns Creek. The nearest one to these areas is down in Roswell. There is an Aldi up in Milton, but Trader Joe's is very different and would do well in this area.

Anonymous said...

Yes!! Go ahead and take over the Bed Bath & Beyond on Barrett....

Anonymous said...

Yes!! The Barrett Bed, Bath, and Beyond would be a great location!

Anonymous said...

Would be AWESOME to have one in Covington…

Anonymous said...

Really hoping that Braselton gets one. This area is growing by leaps and bounds, hence the new Aldi. I would way prefer TJ

Anonymous said...

Yes to Buford brasleton Area!

Anonymous said...

Yes we need a Dunwoody location!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes we need one in the metro Valdosta area

Anonymous said...

Towne Lake / Woodstock / Bells Ferry at 92!!

Anonymous said...

Cartersville!!

Anonymous said...

We definitely need one SOMEWHERE in Henry County. I miss Trader Joe's so bad.

Anonymous said...

We need one in Henry County either Stockbridge or McDonough.

Anonymous said...

Dawsonville or anywhere north Forsyth or south Dawson county!!

Anonymous said...

Wow

Anonymous said...

Decatur!

Anonymous said...

Can we get one in Kennesaw please?!?!

Anonymous said...

Trader Joe's, please come to McDonough, GA

Anonymous said...

Yes, in McDonough, GA would be nice.

Anonymous said...

Peachtree City would be great. Newnan would be even better.

Anonymous said...

Have they considered Gainesville or Dawsonville - we live in Gainesville & would welcome one up here. We have lived up here 22 years & it has grown in leaps & bounds. We sure have plenty of desirable property they could go into.
Dawsonville is really growing fast too. You wouldn’t believe construction up there either.
Years ago there was talk that TJ was coming to Gainesville but then all of a sudden we didn’t hear anymore about it. Instead we got Aldi which I like but TJ offers so much more.

Anonymous said...

Heard Braselton is getting one. Rumor only bcuz after talking to someone that would definitely know, no it’s not happening

Anonymous said...

City of Buford is in hall and Gwinnett county and further addresses do not constitute being in the city limits.

It’s how it is addressed w the usps

Anonymous said...

Please please we need one I. The Hamilton Mills area of Gwinnett county. We all have been waiting for years. Norcross and Athens are almost an hour for all of us

Anonymous said...

Definitely the Hamilton Mill area!

Anonymous said...

Can you please bring one to Middle Georgia please. Preferably Warner Robins PLEEEEEEASE

Anonymous said...

Yes! Dunwoody please! The old Lidl/sprouts location would be amazing!

Anonymous said...

Processing food heavily just shows they care.

Anonymous said...

Please open in Akers Mill Square - lots of empty retail and easy parking! There is not any close by competition except for a tiny Sprouts and an ancient Kroger…

Anonymous said...

Please open in Akers Mill Square - lots of empty retail and easy parking! There is not any close by competition except for a tiny Sprouts and an ancient Kroger…

Anonymous said...

Please build a TJ’s in Snellville!

Anonymous said...

A TJ location on Scenic Hwy in Snellville would be awesome! It can replace the Bed, Bath & Beyond that went out of business. The area is booming and so many businesses have been coming to the area. Though that has caused more traffic on Hwy 124, I enjoy not having to go to the city for certain things.

Anonymous said...

Please do! Tried of driving an hour to get to one!!! Villa Rica!

Anonymous said...

Halcyon please!

Anonymous said...

Part of Alpharetta is in Forsyth County

Anonymous said...

Any update to the trader Joe's near Decatur?

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE a Tader Joe’s in Peachtree City or Newnan. I love all of your fresh ready mixed veggies, salads, the butter squash cut ready to air fry, your chicken salad. Everything in the produce area. Please we need you here!

Gabrielle said...

Sharpsburg/Coweta County needs Trader Joe’s! PTC has Sprouts and Fresh Market. It would be exciting to not have to drive to the north side of Atlanta . I even shop TJ when visiting family in Chicago!

Anonymous said...

Smyrna/Vinings Ga is a key spot for Trader Joes!

Anonymous said...

Nordstrom Rack is going in the former Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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