Trader Joe’s is setting up shop in the city.
The grocer is planning a new store in part of the former Martin’s space in the Stony Point Shopping Center at 3000 Stony Point Road on the city’s Southside, according to planning documents obtained by BizSense.
The grocer is leasing about 14,700 square feet within the 40,000-square-foot building, according to city plans, leaving around 25,000 square feet available for other tenants.
Work has been underway on the shell space’s interior after the city issued a demolition permit in January. On April 15, another permit was filed at the space for a “tenant up fit to a grocery store.” Multiple sources, as well as additional planning documents, confirmed Trader Joe’s is the tenant.
A Trader Joe’s spokeswoman confirmed in an email late Wednesday that the company is working on a Richmond location but did not provide further detail.
“We are working to bring a Trader Joe’s store to Richmond, however, at this time I don’t have any additional information to share, including details regarding an opening date or a timeline,” the email stated.
L.F. Jennings is the general contractor handling construction on the space. New York-based Taylor Associates Architects and local firm Freeman Morgan Architects are the project’s designers. Lory Markham of Markham Planning is listed as contact person on the plans.
Thalhimer’s Pam Strieffler and Jim Ashby handle leasing at Stony Point Shopping Center, which also houses Southbound restaurant and Gelati Celesti ice cream shop.
It’s unclear whether Trader Joe’s has formally signed a lease for the space.
The shopping center was sold last year for $10 million to South Carolina-based Ziff Properties.
However, plans for the Trader Joe’s list North Carolina-based Stanchion Asset Partners as the project landlord. The grocery shell space is a separate parcel from the rest of the shopping center, and as of press time, city online property records still list Ziff as the parcel’s owner.
It’s unclear whether Stanchion is under contract to purchase the building. Ziff and Stanchion have not responded to requests for comment.
Trader Joe’s has over 500 stores nationwide, including its current lone Richmond-area location at 11331 W. Broad St. in Short Pump.
BizSense reporter Jonathan Spiers contributed to this report.