West Seattle Trader Joe’s – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:45:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Trader Joe’s open again after 4-day power-outage closure http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/followup-west-seattle-trader-joes-open-again-after-4-day-power-outage-closure/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/followup-west-seattle-trader-joes-open-again-after-4-day-power-outage-closure/#comments Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:04:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902977 Photo added 9:36 am

The West Seattle Trader Joe’s store was expected to reopen this morning after its four-day power outage ended last night, and indeed, multiple WSB readers report, it did. The outage started very early Saturday after a suspected DUI driver rolled his car into the transformer and other equipment on the north side of the store at 4545 Fauntleroy Way SW; City Light told WSB that its part of the repairs were completed by Saturday night but other equipment belonging to the store had to be fixed before they could reconnect, and that took until last night. (While any prolonged closure of a business would be news, this store holds a special place in West Seattle lore due to the many years community members clamored for it, a long wait that finally ended when the conversion of a former car-sales business was completed with the store’s opening in April 2012.)

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STILL OUT OF POWER: West Seattle Trader Joe’s closure continues http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/still-out-of-power-west-seattle-trader-joes-closure-continues/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/still-out-of-power-west-seattle-trader-joes-closure-continues/#comments Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:12:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902875 11:12 AM: Just in case you were wondering, West Seattle Trader Joe’s (4545 Fauntleroy Way SW) remains closed, without power for a fourth day since a suspected drunk driver rolled his car and damaged electrical equipment on the west side of the building. Seattle City Light told us on Monday that their crew repaired their part of the equipment by Saturday evening, and they’re ready to reconnect when the company finishes fixing equipment that it owns. We haven’t yet reached a company spokesperson to get more on that.

TUESDAY EVENING: The power is back on and the anonymous-but-knowledgeable commenter who has been providing updates says the store’s expected to reopen Wednesday morning.

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FOLLOWUP: Third day of West Seattle Trader Joe’s closure because of crash-caused power outage http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/followup-third-day-of-west-seattle-trader-joes-closure-because-of-crash-caused-power-outage/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/followup-third-day-of-west-seattle-trader-joes-closure-because-of-crash-caused-power-outage/#comments Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:12:23 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902772

The West Seattle Trader Joe’s is still closed right now, third day since a power outage caused by a flipped-car crash early Saturday, as first reported here that morning. We have new information from Seattle City Light, after a conversation with spokesperson Scott Thomsen. He explains that the crash damaged not only SCL’s “pad-mounted transformer” – in the spot shown in our photo above, on the northeast corner of 39th SW and Fauntleroy Way – but also “some equipment that belongs to the customer” (Trader Joe’s). Thomsen says SCL completed its work, including replacing the transformer, by 7 pm Saturday. The delay since then is because the electrician working on TJ’s equipment has not yet finished fixing it; once they have, Thomsen says, they are ready to reconnect the power. Side note, answering some questions that had come up in the comment discussion: The damaged transformer did NOT contain PCBs: “The transformer that was hit was one of our new ones, containing certified FR3 vegetable oil. No PCBs. We cleaned up the oil that did leak.” We also sent an inquiry to Trader Joe’s this morning and have not yet heard back; if and when we do, we’ll add the information to this story. Meantime, SPD was investigating the crash as a possible case of DUI; Angela caught the crash aftermath on video:

The driver (who SPD says is a 26-year-old man) was taken to the hospital by private ambulance, which indicates his injuries weren’t major.

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WEST SEATTLE POWER OUTAGES: Trader Joe’s closed for a second day; 96 without electricity in Arroyos area http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-power-outages-trader-joes-closed-for-a-second-day-96-without-electricity-in-arroyos-area/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-power-outages-trader-joes-closed-for-a-second-day-96-without-electricity-in-arroyos-area/#comments Sun, 03 Dec 2017 20:44:49 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902681 Two power outages making news today:

TRADER JOE’S STILL CLOSED: It’s now going on 36 hours since Trader Joe’s in The Triangle lost power after a rollover crash involving an allegedly DUI driver. We first reported the closure Saturday morning, hours after noting the 2 am crash. No official word on what’s taking so long – Seattle City Light and environmental-services crews were visible at the site yesterday but not so far today. The restoration estimate is now Monday evening.

Meantime, in the southwesternmost end of West Seattle:

96 OUT IN/NEAR ARROYOS: Just before 9 am, according to the City Light outage map, 96 homes lost power in the Arroyos area – see the screengrab above. The current restoration estimate is 7 pm, but the cause is not yet listed.

8:14 PM: Both outages continue. The Arroyos outage is attributed now to “equipment failure.” For Trader Joe’s, one source says it’s expected to be closed again tomorrow, awaiting a part. We’ll be following up with the company and the utility in the morning.

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FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Trader Joe’s closed because of power outage caused by early morning crash http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/followup-west-seattle-trader-joes-closed-because-of-power-outage-caused-by-early-morning-crash/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/followup-west-seattle-trader-joes-closed-because-of-power-outage-caused-by-early-morning-crash/#comments Sat, 02 Dec 2017 17:11:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902544

9:11 AM: Thanks to everyone who’s texted us about this, reporting that West Seattle Trader Joe’s is closed right now because of a power outage caused by the flipped-car crash we reported early this morning. Angela, whose photo is in our original report, also sent this video:

One person went to the hospital via private ambulance, indicating their injuries were not life-threatening. Meantime, the City Light map says they’re hoping for restoration around 10:30 am – as with all outages, could be sooner, could be later.

9:22 AM: We just went over to the store to find out more. Lots of crews working out front on repairs. A Trader Joe’s staffer tells us they don’t know how long it’ll take – they’ve been warned it could be several hours.

12:05 PM: Still out, per the SCL map and per driving by. No restoration estimate now. Meantime, as noted in comments, SPD classified the crash as a suspected case of DUI.

SUNDAY MORNING NOTE: The SCL outage map shows the power still out. We hope to get over there around 9:30 to verify that the closure is continuing.

10:17 AM: We haven’t made it there yet but multiple reader messages confirm the closure continues.

NOTE: Our Sunday followup is here.

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West Seattle Trader Joe’s: Scenes from opening day http://westseattleblog.com/2012/04/west-seattle-trader-joes-scenes-from-opening-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/04/west-seattle-trader-joes-scenes-from-opening-day/#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:20:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=105973

The long-awaited West Seattle Trader Joe’s at 4545 Fauntleroy Way SW opens at 8 am. Mark says he got there at 4:30 am to be the first person in line. As of about quarter till 7, when we photographed him in the golden glow of the rising sun, Mark was the only person in line. He tells us first thing he’s buying is a case of the famous TJ’s wine, known by its nickname “Two-Buck Chuck.” More coverage to come – we’ll be adding to this story through the day.

7:59 AM: By the time the doors were about to open, Mark had been joined by about two dozen others:

8:12 AM: Our crew tells us the store actually opened a few minutes early. Here’s the ceremonial lei-cutting:

So, no traffic jam at this hour. We’ll check back later.

10:14 AM UPDATE: Thanks for sharing first-hand reports in the comment section! We also got a mural photo, shared via Twitter by Jose:

11:07 AM UPDATE: Three hours into Day 1, we drove back by to check traffic/parking. In a word: Busy. Here’s the view looking south down 39th SW – just west of the store (and on the left of our photo, you’ll see the entrance/exit to TJ’s roof parking) – this was taken before 11 am, so West Seattle Bowl wasn’t even open yet:

4:53 PM UPDATE: Drove by within the past hour. Still busy. Remember that if it looks like there’s no parking in the lot that faces Fauntleroy, turn right at “The Hole” and try the upstairs parking, entrance on the right (east) side of 39th SW.

11:41 PM NOTE: In the final hours of the store’s first day, business was really booming. We walked through around 7:30 and noticed long checkout lines; after we tweeted a mention of that, @juyeda – also in the store – tweeted this photo. And we forgot to mention one thing – this store has just officially applied for its license to sell liquor when privatization takes full effect June 1st.

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Friday traffic alerts: Trader Joe’s; Bridge Switch Day 2; Mariners http://westseattleblog.com/2012/04/friday-traffic-alerts-trader-joes-bridge-switch-day-2-mariners/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/04/friday-traffic-alerts-trader-joes-bridge-switch-day-2-mariners/#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2012 04:29:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=105945

Might be a bit of a rubbernecker slowdown on Fauntleroy Way en route to the bridge around 8 am tomorrow, since that’s when the West Seattle Trader Joe’s finally opens, two years after the location first appeared on the city website, which was two months before the lease was signed and the official announcement made. One of the city-operated cameras on the WSB Traffic page, by the way, has long been pointed right at that building:

We also wanted to remind you it’ll be Spokane Street Viaduct Traffic Switch Day 2 – check the comments on this morning’s story for a review of day 1 – AND SDOT also wants to make sure you know the evening commute through Pioneer Square/SODO may be affected by the home opener for the Mariners, 7:10 pm vs. the Oakland A’s.

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West Seattle Trader Joe’s: Murals, parking … and opening date! http://westseattleblog.com/2012/03/west-seattle-trader-joes-murals-parking-and-opening-date/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/03/west-seattle-trader-joes-murals-parking-and-opening-date/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:26:31 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=104686 Trader Joe’s has finally officially “announced” the opening date of its West Seattle store – the same one reported last month, April 13th, now on their store-locator webpage.

Meantime, a few more views of the new store – starting with the murals, which Diane pointed out in the WSB Forums night before last, noting that they are easily visible from the street.

We have asked TJ’s repeatedly, through both local management and corporate PR, for permission to go into the store and take pictures, and it’s been repeatedly denied; they say there will be no media previews, period. But at least we can show you what is visible from the street since their windows are huge and uncovered. Above, one mural shows the Alki Lighthouse (and check out the Water Taxi on the left!); we’ve been trying to guess the next one, mostly out of sight behind the light fixtures and sign (Fauntleroy Schoolhouse?):

Meantime, we are getting recurring questions about the parking situation. What you might not realize is that the surface lot – which has an entrance at 38th/Fauntleroy south/east of, and separate from, the exit onto Fauntleroy – is only part of it.

There’s also upstairs parking; J. Hughes Construction, Inc., is working on finishing touches this morning. This too has separate entrances and exits, both off 39th SW (south of West Seattle Bowl and across the street from “The Hole”) – here’s the entrance:

And just north is the exit:

Store hours, according to the TJ’s website, will be 8 am-9 pm. And if somehow this is the first you are hearing of all this and you don’t know where the store is – 4545 Fauntleroy Way SW. It’s been 21 months since the company announced it had leased the former Huling Brothers Buick site, P.S. We’ve added two additional photos to our “West Seattle Trader Joe’s” board on Pinterest.

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West Seattle Trader Joe’s: Now the real sign’s going up http://westseattleblog.com/2012/03/west-seattle-trader-joes-now-the-real-signs-going-up/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/03/west-seattle-trader-joes-now-the-real-signs-going-up/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:32:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=102711

(Photo by WSB editor Tracy Record)
Eight days ago, we showed you the first “signage sighting” at the soon-to-open West Seattle Trader Joe’s, as banners appeared on the construction fence, including “Now Hiring.” (Our February 29th story includes info on how to apply.) Driving past the site at 4545 Fauntleroy in The Triangle a few minutes ago, we spotted crews putting up the permanent signage. Projected opening date remains April 13th (no official corporate HQ announcement yet, so there’s always a chance it might change.)

SATURDAY NOTE: We have since photographed the second and third signs – you’ll find them on the WSB Facebook page.

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West Seattle Trader Joe’s: First ‘signage’ sighting http://westseattleblog.com/2012/02/west-seattle-trader-joes-first-signage-sighting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/02/west-seattle-trader-joes-first-signage-sighting/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:17:11 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=101994

First sighting of signage at the almost-ready West Seattle Trader Joe’s (4545 Fauntleroy Way SW) – ‘now accepting applications’ and ‘now hiring’ banners. Though neither wants to be identified, two sources reiterate to WSB that April 13th continues to be the target opening date.

12:51 P.S. – The jobs are NOT yet listed on the TJ’s website (though you can download a generic company job application) – driving by a second time, we noticed a small posting next to the banner, so we’re going over to see what it says. (If anybody from TJ’s sees this – the WSB Forums offer free listings for West Seattle jobs – available to any business, as long as the job is IN West Seattle – go here.)

2:40 PM UPDATE
: The smaller sign says they’re taking applications Mondays-Fridays, 7 am-5 pm, and a hand-lettered sign next to it adds that you should apply at the trailer in the parking lot by the future main entry. Phone number is also posted: 206-496-9884.

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West Seattle Trader Joe’s: April 13th reportedly set for opening http://westseattleblog.com/2012/02/west-seattle-trader-joes-april-13th-reportedly-set-for-opening/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/02/west-seattle-trader-joes-april-13th-reportedly-set-for-opening/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:06:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=100738

We got a note over the weekend saying that Trader Joe’s has set April 13th – two months from today – as opening date for its long-awaited, long-under-construction West Seattle location (4545 Fauntleroy Way SW). The sender did not want to be identified, but we did some checking and have multiple reasons to believe they’re reliable. Before mentioning this, we wanted to give the company a chance to confirm/deny, but as with other inquiries in recent months, no reply. (They tend to go into quiet mode at this phase of the game, we’ve heard from others covering under-construction stores, as they assemble the staff and go into the final work phase.) We reported back in December that another source gave us a guesstimate of early spring, and this is in line with that. Plus – most other regional openings have been on Fridays – and April 13th is, yes, Friday the 13th – so we’re sharing this info with you with the caveat that, as with many things on projects like this, it may well change. (You’ll recall that when work began at the site last year, the store was expected to open in late 2011; the last time we got a company reply to an inquiry was in September, when they confirmed it would not be open till 2012.) As for when a formal announcement of the opening date might come – hard to say – when TJ’s opened in Ballard, for example, it simply appeared as a sign on the window one day.

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For those awaiting West Seattle Trader Joe’s: Tiny milestone http://westseattleblog.com/2012/01/for-those-awaiting-west-seattle-trader-joes-tiny-milestone/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/01/for-those-awaiting-west-seattle-trader-joes-tiny-milestone/#comments Sat, 07 Jan 2012 05:00:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=97041 If you’re not among the Trader Joe’s fan base … just skip right over this one. Nothing earthshaking, but it’s a semi-goofy little Friday night tidbit:

Every so often – despite the ongoing construction (which we updated here the day after Christmas) – someone e-mails us to ask, with skepticism, “Well, how come Trader Joe’s doesn’t list West Seattle on its page of ‘coming soon’ stores?” We always reply by explaining that we have watched their website a LONG time while covering all this, and TJ’s doesn’t seem to add future stores to the list till they’re almost ready to open. Having said that, we checked their website tonight for the first time in a week or so and noticed West Seattle is finally on the list:

So for anyone STILL skeptical, there you go. (If you missed our recent update, the opening is currently projected for early spring.)

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If you’re wondering ‘When will West Seattle Trader Joe’s open?’… http://westseattleblog.com/2011/12/if-youre-wondering-when-will-west-seattle-trader-joes-open/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/12/if-youre-wondering-when-will-west-seattle-trader-joes-open/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 06:13:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=96322 That’s the most-asked question of 2011. Corporate didn’t answer recent inquiries, so…

… two things: First, compare how the site looks today, to the rendering made public when it was announced a year and a half ago:

Second, we do have a very unofficial source’s recent guesstimate of an early-spring opening. It’s been almost four months since Trader Joe‘s corporate HQ confirmed the West Seattle store wouldn’t open till next year, seven months since the extensive remodeling began at 4545 Fauntleroy Way SW, and 18 months since the official announcement the lease had been signed. What’s taking so long? you might wonder. The site has apparently posed some challenges – checking the online city files, for example, a permit revision was granted earlier this month for a “2nd-floor parking level modifications.”

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Trader Joe’s says West Seattle opening pushed back to next year http://westseattleblog.com/2011/09/trader-joes-says-west-seattle-opening-pushed-back-to-next-year/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/09/trader-joes-says-west-seattle-opening-pushed-back-to-next-year/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2011 21:38:59 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=85206

If you were looking forward to holiday food shopping at the new West Seattle Trader Joe’s – sorry to report, that apparently isn’t going to be possible. When construction at the 4545 Fauntleroy Way SW site started more than three months ago, the company told us it expected to open the store in the fourth quarter of this year. With that time frame approaching, some asked for an official update – including the WSB Forums member who started this thread, with one commenter subsequently posting that the opening had been delayed till first quarter of 2012. We renewed our inquiry to Trader Joe’s, and after a bit of confusion, got the answer back today from corporate HQ: “We are set to open sometime in 2012. We have not confirmed a date.”

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West Seattle Trader Joe’s: ‘Anniversary’ today http://westseattleblog.com/2011/06/west-seattle-trader-joes-anniversary-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/06/west-seattle-trader-joes-anniversary-today/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:05:33 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=76843

Today is a semi-momentous anniversary for a certain devoted group of WSB’ers: Exactly one year ago today, Trader Joe’s announced it’s opening a West Seattle store. (Here’s our original June 16, 2010, report with the news release and comments from property owner Steve Huling; we’d been watching the site since the previous April, when a city website mentioned the possible TJ’s.) As noted here 3 weeks ago, construction is under way – inside before outside, though now that all the permits are finalized, there’s exterior work too, and the banners with contractor information for J. Hughes Construction are brand-new today.

If you’ve missed our last few updates – though the company’s plans on file with the city mention a six-month construction schedule, a TJ’s spokesperson would say only that they’re expecting to open “in the fourth quarter” of this year.

Across the Sound in Kitsap County, TJ’s fans are counting the hours till 8 am tomorrow, when their first Trader Joe’s opens in Silverdale; just like here, some people are saying, “What’s the big deal?” so a Kitsap Sun food writer set out to break down that question.

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