I am happy Trader Joe’s is coming to Albany. Â I am. Â I love their product.
Although I will always be Team Honest Weight Food Co-Op, I am glad Trader Joe’s is coming here.
One quick question.
Why are they going to Wolf Road???
I feel like some big dumb realtor convinced Trader Joe’s that Wolf Road is where they need to be. Â But they’re wrong.
Trader Joe’s should have been strategically placed into a better location. Â Maybe Menands on Broadway. Â Maybe in Rensselaer. Â Maybe in North Albany down by the river. Â Maybe even in that empty East Greenbush debacle on Rte 4 off of Exit 8.
Opening up a Trader Joe’s in a big, huge, abandoned warehouse in some easy-to-get-to location would have been cool. Â It would have helped out the local commerce in an area that could use the help. And let’s be honest, everyone is going to drive to Trader Joe’s no matter where the hell it is, so why put it on a street that’s already saturated with lame-o chain restaurants and Dunkin Donuts?
Wolf Road is a pain in the ass to get to. Â My stress level skyrockets every time I think about having to go to Benson’s Pet Center (a great pet store, btw) on Wolf Road.
I really wish someone in local government would have stepped in and said, “We’d love to have Trader Joe’s in Albany. Â We think you should go _________ (here) , and we’ll give you ________ ($) to make that happen.”
It could have revitalized an area instead of Wolf Road which doesn’t need it.
Bruce Roter and all those who worked so hard to get Trader Joe’s to Albany should be very proud. Â It was an incredibly impressive grass roots movement. Â I just think it would have been a sweeter victory if it wasn’t coming to Wolf Road.