More big news on the Trader Joe’s front. For the first time, the company has officially confirmed they are working on a store at One Loudoun here in Ashburn. The word comes 2 1/2 weeks after The Burn broke the news that building permit applications had been filed with the county for the new TJ’s store.
“We are working very hard to open a store in the Ashburn area,” said Kenya Friend-Daniel, the National Director of Public Relations for Trader Joe’s. “We are hoping to open in the third quarter of the year. Our goal is definitely this year.”
Friend-Daniel also confirmed the location they are planning to open in is the former Fresh Market space on Brimfield Drive in One Loudoun.
While this may seem anti-climactic after we broke the building permit news, this is still an important development — the first official word from the company. Many local TJ’s fans continue to hold their breath — not fully believing the news (despite our impeccable reporting). Hopefully this will go a long way towards helping them sleep easy that Trader Joe’s is happening here in Loudoun.
As far as a formal press release from the company or One Loudoun, that may still be a ways off. Companies like Trader Joe’s don’t like to get too far out over their skis. Better to hold off on a press release even when the news is out there, rather than have to retract something after the fact if a problem arises.
But just to recap — the official spokeswoman for Trader Joe’s confirmed for me in a phone call today that they are working on the store at One Loudoun and hope to open sometime in the July to September range.