Trader Joe's Targets December Opening at Maple and Telegraph
Nearby businesses look forward to Trader Joe's newest location in Bloomfield Township. Will Birmingham residents drive out to the new market?
Construction continues at Trader Joe's newest location at the corner of Telegraph and Maple in nearby Bloomfield Township, with store officials targeting December for a grand opening.
"We've got some reasons to be optimistic," said Bill Wahl, owner of the nearby Relax the Back store, as he noted the changes to the Maple Theater nearby, and the opening of the Bagger Dave's restaurant in just the past two months.
Wahl's business is among those businesses that opened despite the recession and remained in the plaza after Kroger moved, and the Telegraph Road reconstruction project that virtually stopped regular traffic two summers ago.
"After all that, we're still in a good community for business, and if we can continue to rejuvenate the area it will be a great one," he said. "We're thrilled about the Trader Joe's and the foot traffic it will bring."
Many residents agreed.
"You have no idea how happy we are with our new Trader Joe's," wrote Patch reader D. Szeles on the Bloomfield Patch Facebook page. "When Krogers moved out we have no convenient place to shop. Have to do some of my grocery shopping at the drug store. All of us in my area are so excited to have Joe here. Our mall has looked terrible. So many vacant stores."
"Good move. The Farmington Hills location is terrible," added Patch reader Robb.
Others were less optimistic about the store's new home.
"They are not going to get much more business there. Not many businesses thrive in that area either," John Ferguson wrote.