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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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  • barttaylor55aolcom
    May 15, 2019 at 4:56 p.m.

    Woopie, just like everything else in this state it will be a slow process. Example, medical marijuana and the selling of wine in grocery stores Trader Joes will have to pass the legislators and regulations. As with intelligence and manners, it will be a slow process coming to Arkansas.

  • MaxCady
    May 15, 2019 at 5:02 p.m.

    You're right, Delta, that law was changed in 2017.

  • RBear
    May 15, 2019 at 6:10 p.m.

    Conservative and LRCrook totally agree on HEB. They are one of the top ranked grocery chains in America. Solid management and some great buyers make it what it is. Amazing that it's still privately owned by Charles Butt. Wish they would move into Arkansas. Would give both Kroger and Walmart a run for the money.

  • faytown
    May 15, 2019 at 6:11 p.m.

    The house label frozen foods are the best at TJs and BTW... no one cares where you went grocery shopping in Houston.

  • RBear
    May 15, 2019 at 8:07 p.m.

    Faytown ever been to an HEB? It's no wonder it's one of the top rated grocery chains in the nation, just behind Wegmans. Where is TJs? 6th.

  • Packman
    May 15, 2019 at 8:24 p.m.

    My pilot says the one in Germantown is awesome.

  • RBBrittain
    July 25, 2019 at 12:55 a.m.

    I doubt we'll ever see H-E-B / Central Market, as the family behind it hasn't expanded beyond Texas & northern Mexico. (H-E-B is the initials of Charles Butt's father.) Trader Joe's & Costco are our best bets at expanding local grocery selection beyond Walmart, Kroger, and various independents (including Edwards Food Giant / Cash Saver and Harp's).