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Downtown Minneapolis is getting a Trader Joe's

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Downtownites will at long last be able to assuage their chicken chile verde, butternut squash gyoza, and very cheap wine cravings at beloved grocer Trader Joe's. But they'll have to wait. The much-anticipated store will not open until the first half of 2017. 

The other good news is that the store is going into the eastern half of downtown, which has been a grocery desert for years, despite growing numbers of housing and condo developments, not to mention the biggest construction deal in Minneapolis history— U.S. Bank Stadium, the future home of the Vikings. 

The store will occupy the corner of Washington and Chicago, and (huzzah!) will include a 1,700-square foot wine shop. Also: 72 off street parking spots for classic Trader Joe's parking lot chaos, and incredibly, Old Spaghetti Factory will remain, and abut the store. 

It will be the second local Trader Joe's in the area. The first is located in St. Louis Park. 

Opens early 2017

721 Washington Ave. S., Mpls. 

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