Last stymied by Radio Shack, it now appears that Trader Joe’s has given up on opening a Market and Noe Center (2280 Market) store due to “irresolvable traffic issues” and subsequent parking requirements which were being imposed by the Planning Department.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who represents the Castro, said he was not made aware of Trader Joe’s decision when he met with company officials three weeks ago. However, he was told that a condition imposed by the city’s Planning Department on Trader Joe’s – that it would have to charge for parking at a nearby lot, in order to dissuade shoppers from making short driving trips to the store – was a “deal breaker,” according to Dufty.
No official word on what this means for the Market and Noe Center whose owner was quoted last year as noting “nearly three years with no anchor tenant, a huge mortgage, the building on the verge of being lost, resources exhausted, and hope fading” prior to announcing Trader Joe’s would save the day.
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