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Are Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Still Coming to Grand Rapids?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Since FOX 17 first told you about three national retailers plans to open up locations in the Grand Rapids area, we are now hearing mixed messages from the national chain’s public relations departments.

A spokesperson for Trader Joe’s said the company has no plans to be in the Grand Rapids market within in the next two years.

When FOX 17 asked if Trader Joe’s has been looking in the area recently they said, no comment.

FOX 17 is still waiting to hear back from a spokesperson of Whole Foods and H&M.

The real estate firm, Collier’s International, first made the announcement Tuesday that two national high-end grocery chains, Whole Foods Market, and Trader Joe’s will be coming to Grand Rapids with in the year.

They also said the clothing retailer H&M is days away from securing a space in Woodland Mall.

A day after that announcement, the firm is standing by their predictions despite reports that Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have no plans to enter the Grand Rapids Market.

Mike Murray with Collier International said as long as they can land a location, all three will be here in a year.

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11 Comments to “Are Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Still Coming to Grand Rapids?”

    Truth said:
    March 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Get real, Why would any company want to come to a failing stick in the azz POS state like Michigan!
    In other words, Don't hold your breath!

      Untruth said:
      March 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Then go back to W. Virginia you POS MINGER!

      Amal said:
      March 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      I have been around the world and west Michigan is progressive and ready for these stores! It's obviouse you are th one who is ass backwards!

    Truth said:
    March 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Untruth, I see the truth really hurts you—–GOOD!
    Oh btw, Typical comeback for trash like you- So when you commute from your trailer in Mi to go back to your trailer in West VA …say….Hey…Love the oppression!!!![Look it up in the dictionary, if you can read that is!]

      Untruth said:
      March 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Well thought out comeback Troof. Take your meth lab cooking AZZ back to Missouri then if West VA is to classy for you. I never attacked your race ( assuming your oppression comment) just your fine command of the English language. That is what we still speak here in Michigan. Oh well a Douche is a Douche by any other name. ZAI JIAN (Look it up)

    JJJJJJ said:
    March 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Those 3 companies are already IN Michigan…… just in the Detroit area. While it's true Michigan is in dire condition as a whole, the Grand Rapids area is doing the best economically.

    KT2 said:
    March 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    I welcome all businesses that would like to try this challenging market that West Michigan has to offer. I currently support our LOCAL MEIJER store and think that their contributions towards events, schools, as well as communities are great. I only hope that these other chain stores will do the same.

    Jeremy said:
    March 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Why is everyone so obsessed with Meijer???? I realize that they started up here, but it really sounds like people are getting checks in the mail from Meijer or something. Meijer is a large grocery store chain that pays their employees minimum wage. Most of the employees seem unhappy or sometimes miserable. The store doesn't have good prices unless there is a good sale.. so whats the deal???

    Trader Joes is a grocery store, yes its a chain, and yes its all over the United States, but it's not a giant food store (in physical size) like Meijer, Kroger, etc… It's more of a specialty grocery store. There isn't going to be a problem with competition. I have been to Trader Joe's in many different states and all the other grocery stores in the area are doing fine. Embrace change, West Michigan. It is okay to have more than one grocery store in one area… it's 2013 people!

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