Trader Joe's Petition 850 Signatures Strong

Pete DeBuys, the petition's creator, is aiming to get 5,000 signatures.

has 859 signatures, but that’s still a long way off from the 5,000 the petition’s organizer seeks.

The petition reached 750 signatures on July 4. Is it no coincidence that this milestone was reached on our nation’s Independence Day? The majority of the signatures are from Smyrna residents, but it looks like there are a few Marietta folks pulling for a more conveniently located TJ.

One signee said he’d like to see a Trader Joe’s at the corner of Spring Road and Atlanta Road in the .

“Other TJ's locations are way too far to travel on a regular basis, and this is our favorite place to shop for groceries,” he said. “Smyrna is up and coming and could really use one (Ideally at the corner of Spring/Atlanta where a Publix was originally intended to go). This is central to Smyrna and would be a great inbound and outbound place to stop!”

Two other Trader Joe’s fans explained that the drive to East Cobb and Buckhead is too inconvenient.

Read More About Trader Joe's on Smyrna-Vinings Patch:

Have you signed the petition? Tell us why you want a Smyrna-Vinings Trader Joe’s in the comments.

Larry King July 05, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Hey Have you thought about the vacant Taco Mac facility on E/W Connector?
Sydney Busby (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
That's a great suggestion, Larry. Hey Smyrna-Vinings, where in the community do you think Trader Joe's should set up shop?
ABreban July 05, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Old Kroger location in South Cobb/Concord Road!
JT July 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Why not tell us where the petition is so that we can sign it? Cart/Horse; Then we will work on the where we would like it. Thanks!
Sydney Busby (Editor) July 06, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Hi JT, The petition is linked in the article, but here it is again: http://www.change.org/petitions/trader-joe-s-smyrna-vinings Thanks for reading Smyrna-Vinings Patch! Sydney Busby
Robin Tubbs July 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I agree with JT. Cart/Horse. Ultimately Smyrna has to prove we have the demographics to ensure Trader Joe's can survive. It's not about where we want it and why. Will Trader Joe's consider Smyrna and why?
Sydney Busby (Editor) July 06, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Good point, Robin. Do you think Smyrna-Vinings and the surrounding communities have the demographics to sustain a Trader Joe's? Some of the people signing the petition live outside Smyrna-Vinings.
Pete DeBuys July 06, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Thanks Larry. Good idea. Anyone else have any location suggestions for a Trader Joe's for our community?
Pete DeBuys July 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Within 5 miles of Paces Ferry Road and Atlanta Road our 2011 population was 147,559, with an average age of 31, living in 79,151 housing units (41.15% of which are owner occupied) and our average household income is $94,458. We spent $627,948,812 in food, beer wine and liquor sales. This is a pretty strong demographic for TJ's to consider. Plus, we have to drive 12+ miles to get to a TJ's (depending on where you live it can be farther or closer).
Pete DeBuys July 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
As of 7:50 PM July 7, 2012 we have 1,600 signatures, on two different petition sites (my bad, I started on Ipetition and they solicit $$$ at the end of the petition). Please send this link to your friends, family, and co workers where ever they may live... http://www.change.org/petitions/trader-joe-s-smyrna-vinings
Robin Tubbs July 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Pete, In order to present the Smyrna market to Trader Joe's, the owner or leasing agent of the property must contact TJ's Real Estate office. I'd suggest contacting Branch properties to rule out if they have or have not been in contact with TJ's. If you another have another site in mind, that property rep has to do the same. I'm sure a petition provided to the property owner will be useful, along with the demographics. As you probably can guess, site selection is up to Trader Joe's, so a property developer is responsible to "sell" Smyrna.
Jill Rice July 11, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I was also going to suggest the empty Kroger site on S. Cobb at Old Concord.
Pete DeBuys July 11, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Great suggestions from everyone on locations for TJ's and for presenting our sites to Trader Joe's. One of the cool things is TJ's footprint is only 10,000 square feet as opposed to the new Kroger on S Cobb at concord which is 100,000 square feet. In most grocery anchored shopping centers the grocer pays a very low rent rate and the smaller stores (national and regional and "Mom & Pop"retailers) pay higher rents. So while having the mega Kroger may seem indicative of a neighborhood turning around or being revitalized, the noticeable absence of small shops there is disturbing. The only 2 stores are a nail shop and a cell phone store, usually the first spaces rented in a new development (I wonder why they do not have a dry cleaner also). Trader Joe's can take a smaller space and deliver the products we all seem to want. Keep the petition going. Forward it to everyone you know. Have it printed in your HOA newsletter. Put it in your church, synagogue, or mosque's newsletter or program. Dinner tonight are Trader Joe's Chicken Egg Rolls....
Pete DeBuys July 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM
We are now over 2,000 signatures. Spread the word. Here is the URL: http://www.change.org/petitions/trader-joe-s-smyrna-vinings
Brian July 23, 2012 at 06:05 AM
I signed, but is Trader Joe's a big enough anchor tenant for Jonquil Village, in terms of rent? Don't forget that Belmont Hills is stirring if Branch can't lure Trader Joe's or it's not a big enough anchor for them.
Brian July 23, 2012 at 06:13 AM
So I did some more poking around, and confirmed the 10,000 sq feet footprint of Trader Joe's. The plan from Branch had the grocery store at 40,000 sq feet.I know Trader Joe's is cool and all, but why Branch pass up a 40,000 sq foot tenant for a 10,000 sq foot tenant? It just doesn't make business sense. Plus, think about the company they are asking for an investment from. What do you think they'd say? I think everyone may have more luck trying to get Publix to make that store a Greenwise concept and push for Trader Joe's in Belmont Hills. I don't think the petition is a waste because it will get Trader Joe's attention, but people need to go talk to Halpern fast to see if perhaps Belmont Hills can lure Trader Joe's instead. Just so all the eggs aren't put in one basket. Plus, Belmont Hills is shaping up to be much more of what would seem the kind of development appropriate for a Trader Joe's.
Brian July 29, 2012 at 02:25 AM
E.G, there's no WalMart in Smyrna. In fact, the closest Wal-Mart is a mile away. Others are even farther.
SmyrnaJoe August 16, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I drive quite a distance to get to TJ's as well. While the demographics are interesting, of note is the fact that we have an over abundance of cheap pizza chains and lousy wing joints. This is something you do not see in the neighborhoods with Trader Joes (Marietta, Sandy Springs). So what is it about us?
30080 January 26, 2013 at 04:20 PM
What's the latest on the petition?
30080 February 13, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Here's an alternative to TJ's - Earth Fare, a fast growing regional natural foods grocer based in Asheville NC. www.earthfare.com They're in Athens & Augusta GA.
30080 February 14, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Earth Fare. They also serve meals at the stores. Kids eat for free 4-8 pm one day a week. It's farm to market.


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