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A thread popped up on Next Door around the beginning of February concerning a drive underway to convince Trader Joe's to take over the vacant HEB space on South Braeswood at Chimney Rock.  Apparently the drive had been underway for some time.  It was claimed 600 letters/emails had already been sent to Brixmor, the property owners, and TJ's, requesting a store be located there and a meeting was due to take place between the two parties on February 19.

 

It wasn't until recently that any follow-up was posted and it isn't clear, at least to me, where the project stands.  One post has been interpreted by some to say that all that's needed now is to start pulling permits, but then some people seem to have concluded that just because a request had been made, it was a done deal.  I've been told verbally that TJ will be responsible for any elevation of the space to mitigate flooding issues; seems to me that would be the responsibility of the property owner?

 

There's nothing on TJ's website and I haven't seen anything anywhere else.  I'd be thrilled to have a Trader Joe's that close by but it seems a little too good to be true.  It's now asserted that over a thousand emails and letters were sent.  I was frankly surprised that that many people in this part of town had even heard of TJ's, much less shopped there.

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Unless there's a really strong compelling case and they were already considering it, petitions to have businesses locate in cities/areas are a lost cause (or petitions in general). The property is still leased by H-E-B if I recall and even if it is now closed, H-E-B keeps that lease, and they are often reluctant to lease it out to food and drug retailers. It also assumes that the demographics of the area will still hold and the flood didn't create/is creating a situation where potentially lower land value would allow less affluent residents to move in. Any "elevation issues" would require Trader Joe's to demolish the entire shopping center, too. Is the traffic count even that high where that H-E-B was?

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Would be interesting to see this happen, however Iron Tiger's completely right. Chain Store locations are generally all approved by boards, and only decided on after tons of marker and consumer research has taken place showing this is a compatible area. Also as long as H-E-B owns that property they're not gonna give TJ's a chance at it. Just take a look at the former Fountain View location.

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Never having been in retail I have no knowledge of how these decisions are made but it does seem TJ's moves into a market pretty slowly.

 

HEB didn't own the property.  There is a 'for lease information' for Brixmor along S. Braeswood but there's no sign on the HEB space itself.  Another smaller space in the center does have a for lease sign in a window.  So maybe HEB is paying off the 2 years left on the lease month by month to prevent Brixmore from leasing to a competitor.

 

We could use another store in the area.  Plans were announced for the Fiesta on S. Fondren @ W. Bellfort to be remodeled/expanded, taking over space next door vacated by Anna's Linens (originally a Walgreens).  I was hoping for a much improved Fiesta, having seen what the new owners did to the Wayside store.  But nothing has happened for months and now the chain has been sold again.

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16 hours ago, brucesw said:

Never having been in retail I have no knowledge of how these decisions are made but it does seem TJ's moves into a market pretty slowly.

 

HEB didn't own the property.  There is a 'for lease information' for Brixmor along S. Braeswood but there's no sign on the HEB space itself.  Another smaller space in the center does have a for lease sign in a window.  So maybe HEB is paying off the 2 years left on the lease month by month to prevent Brixmore from leasing to a competitor.

 

 

They usually do, but having a store that's been flooded twice in the last five years is a tough sell. I wouldn't be surprised if the entire center was wrecked and rebuilt 12 feet higher.

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