According to unnamed sources, Trader Joe's is no longer working on a deal to take over a vacant auto dealership in Excelsior, Minn., the Business Journal reports. The California-based specialty grocery chain had been in negotiations with a developer for months.
However, Trader Joe's could still expand its Twin Cities footprint with a new 14,000-square-foot store in Shoreview. The City Council recently approved an off-sale liquor license for the retailer and a planning commission is scheduled to review a construction proposal on Thursday, but no plans have been confirmed.
Plans for a Trader Joe's store in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis fell apart this summer after a City Council Zoning and Planning committee rejected the retailer’s request to open a grocery and liquor store.