Here is some good news for San Francisco residents who can’t last a week without tangerine chicken.
Trader Joe’s is making progress in opening a new location at 555 Fulton in the Hayes Valley.
The grocery retailer, known for its fair prices and unusual products (think cauliflower gnocchi) filed an application with the San Francisco Planning Department in late March to open a store in an empty retail space on the first floor of the retail property complex.
“Trader Joe’s proposed store would replace a vacant retail space with a much-needed grocery store to serve the neighborhood,” Trader Joe said in his motion. “The project does not include an expansion of the building envelope. The proposed retail use is compatible with the character of the neighborhood and complements the existing retail uses that are particularly lacking in a full-service grocery store.”
The store would include 73 parking spaces in the building’s basement, although the filing stated that “most people in the neighborhood are expected to walk or cycle to the store”.
Trader Joe’s said in the application that it will take 4.5 months to complete construction, but SocketSite noted that the deal still needs city approval and the process will likely postpone opening to 2022 or 2023.
The condo development has been approved with the promise of a grocery store. At one time, Portland-based New Seasons had its eye on the location but pulled out of the process due to construction delays.
Hayes Valley doesn’t have a large grocery store in its neighborhood. The closest store is a Safeway at 1335 Webster, half a mile from future trader Joe’s.
The San Francisco neighborhood, known for its high-end boutiques and quaint cafes, has a “formula retail” ban, but the grocery chain has received an exemption from the regulations.
The official Affidavit for Formula Retail Establishments submitted to the Planning Department states that Trader Joe’s has 516 stores worldwide and six in San Francisco.