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Navarro Assists Trader Joe's Petition for Plaza del Mercado

The Montgomery County Council president used her voice to support a community petition to bring a Trader Joe's to a shopping center north of Glenmmont.

If Wheaton and Glenmont residents want to shop at a Trader Joe's, they must travel to the specialty grocery store's locations in Rockville and Silver Spring.

But perhaps that will soon change. A community petition to bring Trader Joe's to the Plaza del Mercado Shopping Center at the corner of Bel Pre and Layhill roads has received more than 1,500 signatures on Change.org.

"When Giant Foods closed their Plaza Del Marcado location, it left a great void for the surrounding neighborhoods," the petition states. "The Plaza Del Marcado shopping center is in desperate need of an anchor store and we believe Trader Joe's is just the ticket."

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro has taken notice. She shared the following in her newsletter: "I wrote a letter to Federal Realty, which owns that shopping center. I alerted the company that the community is very interested in bringing a new grocery store and offered any assistance that my office, or the County, could provide in encouraging Trader Joe's to locate there."

Patch blogger Frances Frost writes that "we'll cross our fingers and wait to see what fills the space next.  And maybe Joe does pay attention to petitions and we'll get some peanut butter filled pretzels and flaxseed tortilla chips on this side of town."

Neil Caporaso March 04, 2013 at 03:55 PM
This is win-win-win. A boon for the neighborhood- store will do great- business in entire development will explode.
Lola June 11, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Please Trader Joe come to Plaza del location
Costco Gas Man June 11, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Trader Joe's is actually not coming. It's a well intentioned community drive but there is a good reason the Giant left that location
Allison Soussi-Tanani September 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Looks like there's movement on the Plaza Del Mercado anchor store front. WNEW 99.1 reports that MoCo Council President Navarro, in an interview today, indicated there would be an announcement about a new store for the location next month, and that it will be good - I'm hopeful that it will be a Trader Joe's, but we just don't know. Listen to 99.1 for a short piece from John Domen on the subject.

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