Here’s some good news for San Francisco residents who can’t get through a week without mandarin orange chicken.Trader Joe’s is making strides in opening a new location at 555 Fulton in Hayes Valley.
The grocery retailer known for its fair pricing and unusual products (think cauliflower gnocchi) submitted its application in late March to the San Francisco Planning Department to open a store in a vacant retail space at the bottom level of the retail-condo complex.
“The proposed Trader Joe’s store would replace a vacant retail space with a much-needed grocery store to serve the neighborhood,” Trader Joe’s said in its application. “The Project does not involve expansion of the building envelope. The proposed retail use is compatible with the character of the neighborhood and compliments the existing retail uses, which are notably lacking in a full-service grocery store.”
The store would include 73 parking spaces in the basement of the building, though the application noted that “most people from 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 the store still needs city approval, and the process will likely push the opening to 2022 or 2023.
The condo development was approved with the promise of a grocery store. At one time, Portland-based New Seasons was eyeing the location, but pulled out of the process due to construction delays.
Hayes Valley doesn’t have a major grocery store within its neighborhood footprint. The closest store is a Safeway at 1335 Webster, a half-mile away from the future Trader Joe’s.
The San Francisco neighborhood known for its high-end boutiques and quaint cafés has a ban on “formula retail,” but the grocery chain obtained an exemption from the regulations.
In the official “Affidavit for Formula Retail Establishments” submitted to the Planning Department, it says Trader Joe’s has 516 stores worldwide and six in San Francisco.