Trader Joe's announces opening date for new downtown Minneapolis store

The grocery store chain is opening in the Downtown East neighborhood.
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Downtown Minneapolis residents will have another grocery store to choose from when Trader Joe's opens next month.

The grocery chain confirmed on Tuesday that its 721 Washington Ave. S. location will have its grand opening celebration on Friday, July 20.

The 10,700 square foot store – with an associated 1,600 square foot liquor store – is taking up residence in the East End Apartments and Retail in the growing Downtown East area.

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It'll anchor the 180-unit apartment building, developed by Sherman Associates, that will also include a Jimmy John's and a Starbucks cafe.

It will become the 8th Trader Joe's store in the Twin Cities and the first in Minneapolis, with the others found mostly in suburbs including St. Louis Park, Bloomington and Maple Grove.

It also has a single location outside the Twin Cities – in Rochester.

It will be the latest new entry to the downtown Minneapolis grocery market, as it seeks to compete with upmarket chains Whole Foods and Lunds & Byerly for business among downtown's 43,000 residents.

Target also has a grocery section in its Nicollet Avenue store.

But if you're paying it a visit by car when it opens next month, be sure not to stay there longer than an hour.

The Star Tribune reports its 72-space parking lot is a paid lot, and while you get an hour free parking with Trader Joe's validation, if you go over an hour the cost jumps to $20.

Without validation it'll be $30.

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