Turf war takes off as Trader Joe's seeks Lyn-Lake location - KMSP-TV

Turf war takes off as Trader Joe's seeks Lyn-Lake location

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Traders Joe's is one step closer to opening another location in the Twin Cities, this time in the Lyn Lake neighborhood of south Minneapolis -- but that doesn't mean the current occupants are going to move over easily.

Developers hope to build a store that is slightly more than 14,000 square feet. In order to do that, several stores will be forced to move -- including a coin laundry shop, soccer store, art supply store and tea shop.

At 27th Street and Lyndale Avenue, developers approached Jeff Minea's father in law about the opportunity to open the store, which will also include space for beer and wine sales.

"We knew they were a very, very sought after retailer across the country," said Minea. "We also realize they would bring 75 jobs that are probably better paying jobs than a lot of retailers."

"Where you could have had eight businesses,you now have one a glorified convenience store that sells booze," said Tony Ruggiero, owner of SpecialtyTeas.

Ruggiero has been in the same location for 12 years -- and he's not keen on being uprooted.

Other businesses across the street will not be forced to move; however, and they are looking forward to the chance for more business. Many agree the block needs a face-lift; however, they are concerned about increased traffic and parking.

Julie Elbert shops in the area regularly.

"I live over between Kowalski's and Lunds and I can get to Whole Foods and the Wedge -- and I can get to Trader Joe's (St. Louis Park location). So personally, I don't have a need for another store here," she said.

When Trader Joe's opened up locations in St. Paul and St. Louis Park traffic, parking and congestion were also concerns. At the potential Lyn-Lake location, developers added 20 additional parking spaces compared to the number of spaces in St. Louis Park.

Minea said, "We've actually doubled the parking we had first planned for by adding parking under the building."

The Minneapolis Planning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning requirement needed for Traders Joe's to include its beer and wine shop within the plans. On June 21, the zoning board will consider the change. From there, it will be considered by City Council on June 29.

For more information and a closer look at the plans, click here.

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