Good news, packaged food lovers of North Brooklyn: Williamsburg is getting a Trader Joe's. Crain's reports that the popular grocery store will open an 18,000-square-foot outpost on the ground floor of a new office building planned for 206 Kent Avenue at the corner of North 3rd Street. Developer Alliance Private Capital Group bought the site last year, and they plan to build a 45,000-square-foot office and retail building. The property is just north of the massive Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment and just south of Northside Piers, so this seems like a prime location for a new grocery store. There are no plans on file with the Department of Buildings, so it's unclear when construction could start.
When the Williamsburg Whole Foods was announced in early 2012, residents kind of freaked out and lamented the loss of the good ol' days. But the neighborhood is now so far past gone from whatever that meansthere's now a Starbucks, J.Crew, Duane Reade, Urban Outfitters, and Dunkin' Donuts, and a New York Sports Club is comingno one is going to see TJ's moving in as a sign of impending gentrification doom. In fact, all the hipster moms and dads will probably welcome it.
· Huzzah! Williamsburg will be getting a Trader Joe's [Crain's]