March 15th update
Apparently it is over now. Trader Joe’s has decided not to pursue the Castro location any longer. What a shame. That would have been a great addition for the ‘hood. I found this out on a Curbed posting.
Below is the posting that I put up before the info above.
Just saw tonight that Trader Joe’s is still trying to open in the old Tower Records space at Market and Noe.
On Valentine’s day, a presentation by Trader Joe’s was made to the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association to alleviate concerns over parking and traffic generated from the store. No mention of what impact Radio Shack is (if at all) continuing to have on the store opening. Previous reports indicated that Radio Shack staying in their current space was the deal breaker in negotiations.
A planning commission hearing could happen in April.
One point in the article was that Trader Joe’s would not provide the Human Rights Campaign information on their LGBT Policies. That seems more an issue in my mind, given the location in the Castro, and that San Francisco has rules binding companies operating in San Francisco to have pro-LGBT policies.