TRADER JOE’S PLANS SHREWSBURY STORE


The specialty food store has filed plans to take over more than 12,000 square feet in Treasure Island Plaza, according to a report.

After a brief dalliance with Red Bank three years ago, Trader Joe’s, a foodstore chain with a reverential following, appears to have settled on Shrewsbury instead.

So reports the Asbury Park Press, which says the California-based company has filed plans to take space in the Treasure Island Plaza shopping center on Route 35, next door to Staples.

Plans on file with the borough indicate Trader Joe’s will take over three existing storefronts to create a 12,026-square-foot store, the Press reports. No estimated opening date was reported, and a company spokeswoman told the newspaper she could no confirm the information.

But don’t expect to find bottles of Two-Buck Chuck there. The store won’t have a liquor license, the Press says.

In 2007, Trader Joe’s officials met with Red Bank officials, expressing an interest in building a combination store and parking garage on the site of the White Street municipal parking lot.

Company officials refused at the time to discuss their interest in Red Bank, and no formal plan was ever introduced.

From the Press:

Shrewsbury Mayor Terel Cooperhouse said Trader Joe’s will attract more shoppers to the town.

“I think it’s a good move for the borough,” Cooperhouse said. “I know the residents that have approached me are quite happy about it.”