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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — A Trader Joe's location is shown in this file photo. ( Francis Specker/Bloomberg News )

California-based grocery chain Trader Joe's said Tuesday it has been eyeing locations in Little Rock this year but couldn't confirm any specific locations or plans to open its first store in Arkansas.

Spokeswoman Kenya Friend-Daniel said the company has looked at locations in Little Rock this year, but she could not provide any further details whether it's chosen a location to open a store.

Supporters of the grocery chain flocked to social media after local food blog Rock City Eats reported that the company planned to open a Little Rock location.

Friend-Daniel couldn’t confirm that Trader Joe’s had reviewed the location mentioned by the blog or if it planned to move into that space.

The company operates about 475 stores nationwide and focuses on selling products under the Trader Joe’s brand. The chain has no stores in Arkansas, and the closest location to Little Rock is in a Memphis suburb.

City planning officials said they haven’t received any applications from Trader Joe’s.

A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office said she also hasn’t heard of any plans that would bring a store to Little Rock.


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  • Skeptic1
    May 14, 2019 at 6:17 p.m.

    Yeah if Walmart doesn't run them off like they have Costco. It is worth the drive to Memphis to not have to shop at Sams.

  • dph815
    May 14, 2019 at 6:21 p.m.

    So just how did Walmart manage to tun Costco out. Costco is pretty tough competition.

  • NoUserName
    May 14, 2019 at 6:31 p.m.

    "A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office said she also hasn’t heard of any plans that would bring a store to Little Rock."
    $50 for that comment. But boy the mayor sure is on top of Top Golf...

  • Skeptic1
    May 14, 2019 at 7:05 p.m. me a Costco in Arkansas?

  • GeneralMac
    May 14, 2019 at 8:49 p.m.

    If Walmart doesn't have it, you don't need it.

  • MaxCady
    May 14, 2019 at 9:38 p.m.

    The reason they haven't already come to Arkansas is because of another antiquated Arkansas law that limits wine sales in grocery stores to Arkansas wines. Thankfully that law has been changed. My wife is into the Pinot Bota box after the 2 Buck Chuck ran out.

  • MaxCady
    May 14, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.

    I think the preliminary location is the old Toys-r-Us on Chenal.

    May 14, 2019 at 10:06 p.m.

    I can only dream that a good progressive company like Costco would locate in Arkansas.

    Sam's Club can't come close to the Costco experience.

    May 15, 2019 at 8:59 a.m.

    I will be first in line for that Oranjeboom, mythic nectar of the old Dutch gods

  • conservative
    May 15, 2019 at 10:34 a.m.

    The Central Market division of H.E.B. "grocery" in Ft. Worth is absolutely amazing with the size and number of products; nothing in Little Rock for example, Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Kroger, et al., come close to comparison. You just need to visit such a store to understand and appreciate.