Orem wants to be the site of that grocery store. The company announced late last month that it would be opening a new store in Cottonwood Heights in 2015; its first Utah store opened in Salt Lake City in 2012. After the chain announced its Cottonwood Heights plans, Orem officials decided to try to get Trader Joe’s attention, too.
Orem has asked its Facebook fans to fill out a Trader Joe’s Location Request. The Facebook post has generated more than a dozen comments, mostly of the “done” variety. However, some expressed concern that a Trader Joe’s could hurt existing stores, and others want a Whole Foods store, too. The post has been shared 46 times.
City spokesman Steven Downs said the post has been viewed about 10,000 times, which makes it the most-viewed post in the city’s Facebook history, other than paid Facebook posts.
“We just thought this may be a way at no cost to get some citizens to express their voice for Trader Joe’s,” he said.
He said city officials assume the chain is looking at expansion in other parts of Utah, and wanted to make sure Trader Joe’s knows Orem is interested — and the city has some great locations available. RC Willey is moving from its University Parkway location to University Mall at the end of the year, and there’s another space open next to the JoAnn store. The old Kmart space on State Street also is vacant.
“University Parkway … I don’t think there’s a better place in Utah County (for a Trader Joe’s),” Downs said.
He said the city has no way of knowing how many people have filled out the location request on Orem’s behalf, and the city hasn’t had any contact — yet — from the chain.
“We’re hoping that if there’s any opportunity, if demand is high enough, maybe they would give us a call,” Downs said.
Trader Joe’s has stores across the country, and is known for selling harder-to-find items and low prices. To fill out a location request form, go to traderjoes.com.