A long-rumored deal to bring Loudoun’s first Trader Joe’s grocery store to One Loudoun may have been confirmed by building permits filed in January.
The building permit does not list square footage, but gives the address of the former Fresh Market location at the corner of Loudoun County Parkway and Russell Branch Parkway. It may fill all or part of that space.
“There has been no confirmation from Trader Joe’s,” said Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), who lives in One Loudoun. “Just because a building permit is pulled doesn’t mean that anything is finalized, so our office has been working intently on making sure Trader Joe’s comes to the Broad Run district.”
Miller & Smith Vice President and One Loudoun developer Bill May offered no comment.
A Trader Joe’s spokesperson has previously told Loudoun Now that Loudoun County “at this time is not in our two-year plan”—a position apparently belied by the company’s building permit.
“Having a Trader Joe’s in Loudoun means a lot, because we’re a home for families, and having food options like Trader Joe’s makes Loudoun an even better place to live,” Meyer said. “If we land Trader Joe’s, it means everybody’s property values obviously increase, it means that we get fresh produce, it means that we’ve got an option that people are having to go to Reston or further for, and for One Loudoun I think it shows—if it comes to One Loudoun—it shows the vitality of that development, and that the county’s investment in One Loudoun is paying off.”
Trader Joe’s has not yet responded to a request for comment.
According to its website, the grocery chain began in 1958 as Pronto Markets, rebranding in 1967. The California-based company now has 474 stores in 43 states and DC.
This article was updated at 1:53 p.m. with comment from Supervisor Ron Meyer.