The Lower East Side will Get its First Trader Joe’s with Essex Crossing in 2018

Posted on: October 5th, 2016 at 5:08 am by
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The battle for new and affordable supermarkets around the Lower East Side has been part of nearly every community discussion about the various incoming developments in the area. Demands from neighbors have been a constant ever since Pathmark closed down its Cherry Street outpost four years ago. And leave it to Essex Crossing to nab the Trader Joe’s, headed for the recently-capped building occupying Site 5.

Now it’s official. According to various news publications, Trader Joe’s inked a lease for a majority of the 70,000-square-foot ground floor at 146 Clinton Street. It’ll share the overall footprint with a Planet Fitness gym, as previously reported. The building at Site 5, designed by the firm Beyer Blinder Belle, also boasts 211 rental units (half affordable), a school facility, and public park on the Broome Street perimeter.

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Trader Joe’s counts four locations in Manhattan proper, each packed to the brim.

“This new market, with its commitment to selling fresh products at good values, will be a welcome addition to a Lower East Side neighborhood that has been historically underserved by quality grocery stores,” said City Councilwoman Margaret Chin in a public statement.

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