Is Trader Joe’s Coming to Tri-Cities?
You may or may not have heard rumors flying around that Trader Joe's may be coming to Tri-Cities. Here's what we've heard.
It all started out with the classic 'I heard from a guy who knows a guy' story. So, and I don't mean to burst any bubbles, this is already looking doubtful. At least for now.
Some of the comments pointed out that INSIDE the mall is probably not the best place for a Trader Joe’s. South of the movie theater next to TOYS R US and Old Country Buffet would be a better spot. Since the rumor is clearly about inside the mall, that sheds doubt on the claim.
Tri-Cities is growing pretty fast. I lived there for a couple of years and, in that time, many shops and houses popped up. I wouldn't put it past Tri-Cities to get a Trader Joe's even before Yakima would get one, but Tri-Cities already has Yoke's which is Trader Joe's-like.
Trader Joe's certainly has its following of hardcore fans. I know people who just have to stop by any time they visit Seattle or Portland - mostly to stock up on cheap wine. Although I'd put out there that it's unlikely that they're getting one based on this rumor, you never know.
On that note - Bring Trader Joe's to Yakima!