Monthly Archives: October 2012

Welcome Chambanamoms.com Readers!

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Today Chambanamoms.com is featuring a post about the Trader Joe’s 4 C-U Campaign. Chambanamoms.com  is a wonderful resource, full of interesting articles and local information specifically geared towards parents and residents in Central Illinois.

We want to extend a warm welcome to Chambanamoms.com readers who may be finding out about the Trader Joe’s community movement for the first time! Please sign the petition, read a little more about our goals, find out how you can get involved, and tell people you know about this community campaign. Each and every signature counts, and we feel strongly that this movement will work if we get more people to join us and get excited about what is being done to bring Trader Joe’s to our area!

Thank you for visiting! Come back to see the progress being made as the Trader Joe’s 4 C-U movement continues.

A Tour of Trader Joe’s

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Inquiring minds unfamiliar with Trader Joe’s have asked what a TJ’s store is really like. Since we are not ones to shirk questions from honest locals, we went to great lengths to obtain actual photos of an actual Trader Joe’s store. This one is in Des Moines, Iowa. The residents of Des Moines did a petition and campaign to get Trader Joe’s to come to their area. Obviously, their campaign was successful and Des Moines got a Trader Joe’s store in late 2010.

In the slideshow you can see the variety of products available at Trader Joe’s, and also get a sense of some of the prices. Trader Joe’s stores are not huge, averaging 8,000-12,000 square feet (compare that to the typical Walmart size of 98,000-210,000 sq. feet or Meijer at 200,000-250,000 sq. feet, and you can see that Trader Joe’s stores are much more manageable and less imposing). And again, everything carrying the Trader Joe’s label has no GMOs, no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors, and no added trans-fats — all at low everyday prices.

Photos are from my own trip to the Des Moines Trader Joe’s in July of 2012.

3,170 Signatures Today …

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…  And only 1,830 signatures until we reach our big goal of 5,000! We want to hit 5,000 signatures before sending our package of materials to the Trader Joe’s parent company in late fall. That is fast approaching! If you haven’t already, please sign the petition and continue to tell other people you know (share on Facebook and Twitter, send emails, post flyers, do whatever you can to spread the word). Help us get the number we feel will be most effective in showing Trader Joe’s that our community wants and needs a Trader Joe’s store!

Developer Proposal #4 – First Street and Windsor Retail Center, Champaign

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This week we picked up the proposal from Fox Development Corporation, who control the University of Illinois Research Park (near the I-Hotel). They are creating a new retail location at the corner of First Street and Windsor Road in Champaign. The new First Street and Windsor Retail Center is described as an “upscale” shopping plaza, and the location at the south entrance of the Research Park, near Memorial Stadium and the Assembly Hall, makes it a prime location for our residents and people who come into town for games or other University of Illinois events. It is close to the campus for students, yet is on the main corridor between Urbana and Champaign, allowing residents of both easy access. The First Street and Windsor development will be a combination of retail and contemporary residential spaces, and tentatively includes walking paths around a pond and beautifully landscaped common areas.

The impressive portfolio contains detailed demographic, traffic, and income information, as well as plans outlining the buildings and development itself. The First Street and Windsor Retail Center is an exceptional location with a vibe that would certainly fit the Trader Joe’s image.

We are pleased to include Fox Development Corporation’s proposal in the package of materials we are compiling to submit to Trader Joe’s parent company. For those just joining our community campaign to bring Trader Joe’s to Central Illinois, you may also view the other developer proposals that will be included.

Developer Proposal #3 – City Center, Savoy

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As we move forward in our campaign to bring Trader Joe’s to C-U, we continue to highlight the developers who have partnered with us in our effort. This week, we showcase the Trader Joe’s location proposed by the Thompson Land Company.

The Thompson Land Company has a seven acre parcel of land in the rapidly expanding Savoy township. The Thompson Land Company property is aptly named the Savoy City Center, and is located south of Burwash Avenue on the west side of south Neil Street (US-45). It is in a highly visible area, being just north of Willard Airport, near the University of Illinois campus, adjacent to fine Savoy neighborhoods, and situated along one of the main roads through Champaign-Urbana. The Savoy City Center is an excellent option for Trader Joe’s since it is noticeable, easily accessible, and there are currently few grocery stores in the region. Trader Joe’s would help anchor a new, vibrant shopping plaza in this quickly growing sector of our community.