Trader Joe’s to Open Store on SDSU Campus

The new store will be located at the northwest corner of College Avenue and Lindo Paseo, at SDSU's new South Campus Plaza

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A new Trader Joe’s location is set to open in San Diego – this time at a new, mixed-use plaza on the San Diego State University (SDSU) campus, the grocery company announced Wednesday.

Trader Joe’s confirmed it has signed a lease to open a 10,200-square-foot location at SDSU’s new South Campus Plaza, specifically at the northwest corner of College Avenue and Lindo Paseo.

According to SDSU, the South Campus Plaza – formerly known as Plaza Linda Verde – is a new, $143 million, mixed-use student housing and retail project on the college campus.

SDSU says South Campus Plaza will include housing for more than 600 students. The retail space also on site is designed to serve both the campus and surrounding neighborhoods, the university says, “creating a pedestrian-friendly destination for shopping, dining and living.”

The SDSU website says construction for South Campus Plaza began in November 2014, and an opening is slated for fall 2016.

Meanwhile, Trader Joe’s – and its Hawaiian shirt-clad crew – plans to open the new location at SDSU in early 2017.

The company says students and other residents in the area can expect to receive a copy of the Trader Joe’s “Fearless Flyer” publication in their mailboxes after the opens, which highlights Trader Joe’s products.

The location, like all other Trader Joe’s, will offer a wide array of domestic and imported foods and beverages, including more than 3,000 items under the Trader Joe’s private label.

The company says that to keep things adventurous, Trader Joe’s introduces about a dozen new items every month.

The chain currently operates 12 locations throughout San Diego County, including stores in Hillcrest, Mission Valley, La Mesa and Pacific Beach, to name a few. Trader Joe’s was founded in 1958 in the Los Angeles area and runs more than 440 stores across 39 states.

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