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Can Trader Joe's be Lured to McCandless Crossing?

Developers are hoping to get a commitment from the speciality grocery store.

Pine-Richland residents can expect to see new shopping, movie and restaurant options nearby when work gets under way next year on the final phase of McCandless Crossing. 

Phase Four of the development is on the east side of McKnight Road between Duncan Avenue and Cumberland Road in McCandless.

It includes five restaurants, three of which have already signed, 50 townhomes, and a 12-screen Cinemark Movie Theater for starters.

The town of McCandless and developer, AdVenture Development, is also hoping to lure a very popular specialty grocery store.

"We'd love to have Trader Joe's, but that's not a definite, they haven't signed," said Bruce Betty, town of McCandless land use administrator. But perhaps for good luck, the Trader's Joe name is on the current aerial sketch of McCandless Crossing.

Long a specialty food staple in California, Trader Joe’s has expanded to 350 stores in 25 states, gradually extending into the eastern United States and generating a cult following with its mix of unique culinary finds served up by Hawaiian shirt-clad crew members, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported.

Trader Joe’s, for the most part, sells its own private label assortment of specialty foods, including meats and cheese and fresh produce.

Residents in several northern suburbs have expressed a desire for a Trader Joe's.

 on Route 19, readers almost overwhelmingly said they’d like to see Trader Joe’s move into the spot.

When asked for ideas about the site of a former pizza shop overlooking Route 19 in the Streets of Cranberry shopping plaza, the answer was the same. It seemed everyone wanted a Trader Joe's.

Right now, the closest Trader Joe's are in Pittsburgh's East End at 6343 Penn Avenue and 1630 Washington Road in Upper St. Clair. 

Is Betty concerned that the new owners of the Northway Mall might try to snag Trader Joe's?

"We have an approved concept here and it's a nice concept and a unique concept, it's all pedestrian friendly, we have a nice mix of things. I don't know what their plans are, how they're going to manage the traffic, storm water management, those kinds of things," said Betty. "Here, that's all done, so we've got quite a bit of a jump on it."

What do you think? Are you as excited about the prospects of a Trader Joe's at McCandless Crossing as our neighbors to the north? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

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Janet Boy December 16, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I would LOVE to see aTrader Joe's in McCandless Crossing! The products sold in the store are so tasty! Get on it!!!!
Julie Rotelli December 17, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Please come to the North Hills!!! This would be fantastic!
Janice Zinsser March 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Would love to see a Trader Joes!

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