Category Archives: Developer Proposals

Trader Joe’s 4 C-U Package Details


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As promised, here are more details about the package of materials that was just sent to Trader Joe’s corporate. Our professionally designed portfolio included the following:

→ Trader Joe’s 4 C-U: Who We Are

A letter of introduction outlining how our movement started, what we’re about, and summarizing all that we have accomplished

→ Spreadin’ the Word: Articles and Links

Links and printouts of this blog, our Facebook page, and Twitter feed. Also in the section is copy of the printable flyer, and both links and hard copies of the articles from, The News-Gazette, and WCIA-3, plus the mentions in the News-Gazette and Daily Illini letters to the editor

→ Big Joes for TJ’s: Letters of Support

Support letters from four prominent city officials

→ Thousands of Average Joes: The Petition

A printed out copy of the entire petition, with the original petition letter and the name and city of each signer

→ Our Fabulous City: Champaign-Urbana

Two articles from local magazines about the local economy and why our area is a great place to invest, information on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a full map of Champaign-Urbana and surrounding areas

→ Homes for Joe: Developer Bids

Full proposals from four developers, The Atkins Group, Olsen and Associates Architects, Fox Development, and Thompson Land Company

At the back of the package we enclosed a visitor’s guide to Champaign-Urbana which gives additional highlights about our area and showcases the many great aspects of the Central Illinois community.

The next step: inundate Trader Joe’s with location requests! A separate post about the importance of this is forthcoming, but it is vital that we politely besiege Trader Joe’s with requests right now as they are getting our materials. Thank you for joining in this campaign – it wouldn’t be possible without every single person’s involvement!


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


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


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.

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.


Developer Proposal #1 – The Pines, Urbana


We’ve been meeting with local developers over the summer, and are pleased to announce that there are currently three companies partnering with us in our big plan to get a Trader Joe’s in central Illinois. The first developer is The Atkins Group who manages The Pines in Urbana (among many others in town). The Pines is at the cross streets of Windsor Road and Philo Road, just east of Meadowbrook Park. It is an idea choice for Trader Joe’s because of the close proximity to homes, apartments, and campus, plus the draw from the new-ish Meijer and Carle Clinic across Windsor. There are other fabulous stores in The Pines already: Frogs & Fairies Boutique, Milo’s, and Cafe Zoho, to name a few. We have a proposal from The Atkins Group in hand – it includes specs of the retail space, aerial maps and views of the development, lease details, and a letter urging Trader Joe’s to take this opportunity to open a store at The Pines. This packet is ready to be submitted with the rest of our materials. Here is a peek at The Pines location: