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Trader Joe's Opening New Location In DTLA 'Confirmed'

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Downtown may soon see its first Trader Joe’s, if the rumors can be trusted—and it looks like maybe this time, they can.

In 2011, Trader Joe’s told Brigham Yen that DTLA was not in their "three-year plan." This past February TJ’s told LAWeekly that it was not in their two-year plan.

But now, the rumor is that Trader Joe’s has their eye on The Bloc at 8th and Hope. The 1.8 million square-foot, $160 million renovation of Macy’s Plaza won’t be complete until late 2015 at the earliest, which means the numbers all add up. DTLA Rising reports that these rumors seem “confirmed,” and that the store’s potential location is an old Carl’s Jr. in the mall’s food court.

Once complete, The Bloc will contain a remodeled Sheraton Hotel, office space, retail, outdoor areas and, according to their website, a Macy’s that has “over a quarter of a million square feet of shopping.”

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DTLA just received a 32,000-square-foot H&M at FIGat7th, and will see the completion of a 42,000 square-foot Whole Foods at 770 Grand Ave. in 2015.