Developer Proposal #2 – Metro Centre in Urbana


I mentioned last week that we’ve been working with local developers to acquire proposals to include with the official package we are submitting to Trader Joe’s in late fall. Ultimately the decision for a specific site will be up to the Trader Joe’s corporation, but we would like to give them great options and show some of the fine choices for opening a store in Central Illinois.

Today we’re highlighting the next proposal for a possible Trader Joe’s location in Champaign-Urbana. It is from Olsen and Associates Architects who are developing the Metro Centre near downtown Urbana. They describe the Metro Centre as

…a major new office/commercial/residential anchor that will face Vine Street and cover a city block.  The building is located within walking distance of the Federal and Champaign County Courthouse and the Urbana City Building and directly across from the popular Community Farmer’s Market and Lincoln Square Mall, one of the first enclosed shopping facilities in the nation.  It is also walking distance from Downtown Urbana which features unique boutique shops and restaurants.

The new Metro Centre will provide great exposure and traffic (by foot and vehicle) for a Trader Joe’s store. It will ideally house Trader Joe’s along with an upscale casual eatery, such as Panera or Au Bon Pain, and Olsen and Associates also plan to include an ice cream shop. All of these will lead to a classically elegant shopping experience for customers and a wonderful location for our Champaign-Urbana Trader Joe’s.



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