Central Texans might not have to wait until 2014 to shop at Trader Joe’s after all.
While a location at the Seaholm development in downtown Austin is still more than a year away, the specialty grocer appears poised to make its Central Texas debut much sooner with a location in Rollingwood that could open by summer, a city official said.
Documents obtained by the American-Statesman indicate Trader Joe’s is planning a store in the Shops at Mira Vista shopping center at 2805 Bee Cave Road near MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1).
The retailer has submitted a building permit application to the city of Rollingwood stating that it expects to spend about $450,000 to build out a 15,113-square-foot storefront.
Trader Joe’s, which is known for its cheaply priced “Two Buck Chuck” wine, also has applied for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission beer and wine permits.
A company spokeswoman didn’t respond Monday to email and telephone messages seeking comment.
City of Rollingwood building official Michael Alexander said residents are “quite excited about having Trader Joe’s moving in.”
“The city is eagerly awaiting their arrival,” he said. “Mira Vista is our largest shopping center, and we are really eager to have a good anchor tenant in there. We’re thinking that Trader Joe’s will be the anchor tenant we’ve been looking for.”
Alexander expects construction to start within a month.
“They’re moving forward on this pretty quickly,” he said. “They were eager to get their building permit.”
It should take Trader Joe’s about six to 10 weeks to complete remodeling, Alexander said.
The store will fill roughly half the space vacated in 2011 by Sprouts, another specialty grocer. The building was initially constructed for Albertsons. After several delays, Albertsons scrapped its plans for a Rollingwood location and exited Central Texas entirely.
Other grocers in the area include a Randalls at 3300 Bee Cave Road and an H-E-B at 701 S. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360).
Diana Holford, who works in the Mira Vista complex and lives nearby, said Trader Joe’s will be a welcome addition.
“We really miss having a convenient grocery store in the neighborhood and can’t wait for them to open,” said Holford, managing director of the Austin office of Jones Lang LaSalle, a real estate services firm. “We look forward to being able to grab lunch and stop on the way home for dinner.”