Your Say: Residents Want a Trader Joe’s to Open in Coopersburg

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Would you purchase groceries at a Trader Joe’s located in Coopersburg’s Fairmont Village shopping center? The California-based chain with a cult-like following doesn’t disclose the methodology behind its store location decisions, and past pleas to open a TJ’s in the Lehigh Valley have apparently fallen on deaf ears. Some Saucon Source reaaders, however, think a former Weis supermarket in the Rt. 309 shopping center would be a perfect location for the area’s first Trader Joe’s. (FILE IMAGE)

Saucon Source asked readers to share their ideas for businesses that could fill the vacancies in the Fairmont Village shopping center on Rt. 309 in Coopersburg Sunday.

They didn’t hold back.

The majority of readers said the area needs another grocery store to compete with the Giant supermarket that’s located directly across the street because, as one reader wrote, “Giant sucks.”

Some said they would prefer to see Weis Markets reopen the store it closed in Fairmont Village two-and-a-half years ago and others advocated for names like Wegmans and Aldi, but the majority of readers–more than 30–said they’d like a Trader Joe’s to open there.

Trader Joe’s is a privately held, California-based supermarket chain known for its distinctive Hawaiian-style branding, assiduous staff, exotic gourmet food selection, somewhat secretive corporate culture and cult-like consumer following.

The Lehigh Valley remains one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country without a Trader Joe’s, although a couple of stores are located within an hour’s drive or so of the area, including stores in North Wales, Montgomery County, and Westfield, N.J.

Whole Foods, which is often regarded as a competitor to Trader Joe’s, opened a store in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, in September 2016, however the company has not publicly displayed any interest in entering the local marketplace since then.

In August 2019, the Morning Call published a story that attempted to analyze the demographics Trader Joe’s prizes in areas it is eyeing for new store locations; areas which the newspaper reported can boast median household incomes in excess of $100,000.

According to statistics published by the site CensusReporter.org, the median household income in the Southern Lehigh School District–which includes Coopersburg, Upper Saucon Township and Lower Milford Township–is just shy of that number, at $97,406.

Weis Coopersburg

The Weis Market that was the anchor tenant for the Fairmont Village Shopping Center in Coopersburg closed in January 2019. A number of Saucon Source readers believe it would be a good location for a Trader Joe’s or another supermarket.

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