Trader Joe’s, where will you go? Maybe close to Lake Highlands.

For those who are dying to have a Trader Joe’s in the area, this could be good news.

A story in the September Lake Highlands Advocate explores the state of retail development in our fair neighborhood.

Some Lake Highlands residents put vast amounts of energy (and probably some money for signage and such) into landing a Trader Joe’s at Lake Highlands Town Center — campaigning, setting up Facebook pages and organizing petition-signing events — but a spokesperson basically told our reporter Meghan Riney that all the wooing, rallying and Facebook ‘liking’ in the world won’t affect Trader Joe’s decisions.

Some reliable real estate experts speculated a while ago to reporter Keri Mitchell that Trader Joe’s would most certainly begin its Dallas occupation in Preston Hollow.

Deep-throat Trader Joe’s informants reportedly told Teresa Gubbins of Pegasus News that a Preston Hollow location is a “done deal”. They also told her that a rumored Greenville Avenue location ain’t going to happen (which our Jeff Siegel has actually reported time and again), and they confirmed that no LHTC locations are planned (which the spokesperson also told us on record).

However, if said sources are accurate, Lake Highlands could actually be in luck — the location they are naming is just across the expressway from Lake Highlands, at Walnut Hill west of Central.

Heck, it might as well be in Lake Highlands for those of us in the farther-west regions of the neighborhood.

So if you want a Trader Joe’s nearby (mind you, not everyone thinks they are all that great) this, if it is true (I would wager that it is), is good news.

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  • Marilyn Jackson

    Market Street is an excellent location. i emailed them a year ago asking to consider LH Town Center. they said at the time, they had no plans for expanding. more of a regular grocery store than Trader Joe’s anyway. Think i’ll email them again!

  • linda

    What about a Market Street instead in LHTC? That is a great store and not represented down South that I know of. Been in the McKinney and Allen stores. That would be better than TT or Kroger – maybe we should start wooing again…. please, not TT!

  • SHB

    Maybe Trader Joe’s is considering the existing retail location at the southwest corner of Walnut Hill and NCX. At 10-15,000 square feet, Trader Joe’s is not big enough to anchor a sizable ground-up development. One of the problems with the Lake Highlands Town Center is that it is not that much of a high traffic location (by car count) relative to other main retail thoroughfares such as Greenville Avenue (University to Caruth Haven), Northwest Highway or N. Central Expressway. And specialty retailers know that LH residents will drive to Preston/Royal, Preston Center, Old Town, Knox Street or West Village to access their favorite retailers. These locations capitalize on proximity to multiple high-income neighborhoods whereas the LHTC wouild likely draw only from LH for the most part. Will take a conventional neighborhood grocery anchor (Tom Thumb or Kroger) to kick-start the retail at the LHTC. It’s time to just have practicle expectations.

  • William Keeler

    What I have heard is that the present owner of the NW Walnut Hill / Central property bought cheap and is looking to flip the property for a nice profit. No mention of ever developing the property. Maybe the next owner will be a developer with a big line of credit. I don’t think Trader Joe is planning on waiting around ten years for the development. Preston Hollow is the best market in Dallas and there are other very lucrative locations that would be suitable for Trader Joe’s.