Nearby: Can Trader Joe's be Lured to the North Hills?

McCandless Crossing is hoping to soon get a commitment from the specialty grocery store.

Residents in the North Hills can expect to see work get underway next year on the final phase of McCandless Crossing. 

Phase Four of the development is on the east side of McKnight Road between Duncan Avenue and Cumberland Road.

It includes five restaurants, three of which have already signed, 50 townhomes, and a 12 screen Cinemark Movie Theater for starters.

The Town of McCandless and developer, AdVenture Development, is also hoping to lure a very popular specialty grocery store.

"We'd love to have Trader Joe's, but that's not a definite, they haven't signed," said Bruce Betty, town of McCandless land use administrator. But perhaps for good luck, the Trader's Joe name is on the current aerial sketch of McCandless Crossing.

Long a specialty food staple in California, Trader Joe’s has expanded to 350 stores in 25 states, gradually extending into the eastern United States and generating a cult following with its mix of unique culinary finds served up by Hawaiian shirt-clad crew members, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported.

Trader Joe’s, for the most part, sells its own private label assortment of specialty foods, including meats and cheese and fresh produce.

Residents in several northern suburbs have expressed a desire for a Trader Joe's.

 on Route 19, almost overwhelmingly, readers said they’d like to see Trader Joe’s move into the spot.

When asked for ideas about the site of a former pizza shop overlooking Route 19 in the Streets of Cranberry shopping plaza, the answer was the same, it seemed everyone wanted a Trader Joe's.

Right now, the closest Trader Joe's are in Pittsburgh's East end at 6343 Penn Avenue and 1630 Washington Road in Upper St. Clair. 

Is Betty concerned that the new owners of the Northway Mall  might try to snag Trader Joe's?

"We have an approved concept here and it's a nice concept and a unique concept, it's all pedestrian friendly, we have a nice mix of things. I don't know what their plans are, how they're going to manage the traffic, storm water management, those kinds of things," said Betty. "Here, that's all done, so we've got quite a bit of a jump on it."

What do you think? Are you as excited about the prospects of a Trader Joe's at McCandless Crossing as our neighbors to the north? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

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Anne Bacher December 16, 2012 at 03:29 AM
When I moved to Ambridge from central California in early 2010, I really missed having a nearby Trader Joe's. I first went to the one in Pittsburgh in June of that year and, even then, someone in that store told me that they were planning some satellite stores. At the time, the buzz was that the one closest to us would be in Robinson. Either way, it MUST come - please, please, please, please, please...


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