Update: Salem Trader Joe's is now open at 4450 Commercial St SE
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People in Salem are so desperate for a Trader Joe's franchise they are starting to "visualize"
it happening here. Well count me in as one of those dreamers of cheap wine and frozen meatballs. Every time I drive up Madrona where Ace Hardware is, I still ask myself, "what if that were a Trader Joes." The place that I look at now is the Albertson's across the street from the Saturn dealer on Commercial Street South. I think that would really revitalize that shopping center and help the nearby storefronts that are becoming more vacant. I would spend at least $100 a week there and I know many others who would do the same.
The latest rumor is Trader Joe's is looking at a development on Kuebler and Battlecreek across from the Morningside Church. This would give them freeway access and a new building. Although I think it's not the best place for another strip mall it's better than it moving into Keizer. Another possibility is the Boise Cascade property south of downtown. That would work except it would be several years into the future.
So everyone... see yourself pushing a red plastic grocery cart past a free coffee sample toward a gallon of organic milk. Janet Taylor is standing next to you holding a bottle of Three Buck Chuck. A man in a Hawaiian shirt is ringing a bell and you are going to make it home before all your food defrosts.
On Trader Joe's website they have a page where you can suggest a location for a new store. Take a minute and fill it out, any little bit helps. Here's the link.