Trader Joe's apparently plans to open a fifth location in Colorado, even as Colorado Springs remains on the popular grocer's waiting list.
A report Wednesday by the Fort Collins Coloradoan said California-based Trader Joe's has signed a lease to locate a store in a Fort Collins shopping center. The story cited sources, as well as a city official who said a contractor had inquired about size limits on a Trader Joe's sign.
The story didn't quote Trader Joe's officials, adding the grocer hasn't yet filed plans for the location.
Trader Joe's spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki told The Gazette on Wednesday that she could not comment on the Fort Collins report. She reiterated that Colorado Springs is not in the retailer's two-year plan "at this time," meaning no store will be built in the Springs this year or in 2014.
Local commercial real estate brokers have speculated that Trader Joe's wants to establish its stores and supply and distribution networks in the Denver area before expanding to cities such as Colorado Springs.
Trader Joe's has an almost cult-like following around the country; shoppers love its specialty food products and low-priced items - especially its Charles Shaw wines that are known as "Two-Buck Chuck."
Trader Joe's has announced plans for two stores in Denver and one each in Boulder and Greenwood Village.
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