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Sixth Avenue Surprise: Trader Joe's Coming to Chelsea

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The Ladies' Mile now belongs to a man called Joe. The Observer brings word that the full block of hot retail action at 675 Sixth Avenue that was last occupied by Barnes & Noble will become a Trader Joe's, the gourmet grocer's third Manhattan store after 14th Street and the planned Upper West Side outpost. Given the residential boom up and down Sixth Avenue of late, the 41,000-square-foot space in the Mattel Building (between 21st and 22nd Streets) should be just as uncomfortably packed with organic almond butter fanatics as the Union Square store, which isn't that far away. Vital questions: Will Chelsea be getting its three-buck-Chuck, or is this Joe going dry? And how will the gays react to all those unfashionable Hawaiian shirts?
· Trader Joe's Stakes Claim on Sixth Avenue [NYO]