Trader Joe’s Wants To Open Store In South Hills

UPPER ST. CLAIR (KDKA) — Trader Joe’s may open a second location in the Pittsburgh area.

Upper St. Clair Township Manager Matt Serakowski says the popular specialty grocer has picked a site off Route 19 just south of Mt. Lebanon for its second store.

“Trader Joe’s presently has an application before the Board of Commissioners for a conditional use approval,” he said. “They would like to move in to what is known as the Pier One Building on Washington Road.”

The township commissioners need to approve the conditional use the store has requested.

“Trader Joe’s has informed us that deliveries are typically taken at 5 a.m. in the morning,” Serakowski said. “Under the township code, the earliest you can take deliveries adjacent to a residential district is 8 a.m.”

While the new location is in a commercial strip, it sits below a residential area in Upper St. Clair where the noise from trucks could be annoying.

“The backup devices, the lift gates, the manpower delivering that, there is concern there will be noise generated by that,” Serakowski explained.

He says Trader Joe’s hopes to mitigate that noise.

Upper St. Clair commissioners will meet on Jan. 3 when Trader Joe’s is expected to submit their noise mitigation plans.

Residents will have another chance to voice their views.

If the commission approves, the store could be open before the end of 2011.

  • Joyce Carson

    Life is good! I can walk to this store.

  • Jason Babeji

    I hope it gets approved! I love Trader Joes and live in the south hills so this will be a great addition to the community, and a much easier commute!

  • Donna

    We need a Trader Joe’s out here in Westmoreland County. North Huntingdon would be great….

    • Paulette

      You are correct,,,Westmoreland County needs a Trader Joe’s and North Huntingdon would be a great location…the food stores in the area are limited and usually stock run of the mill products…Trader Joe’s makes shopping an experience…maybe we need to contact Trader Joe’s corporate office and get things moving…until then, the East Liberty store will have to do.,,,,

  • Bill

    Yes, exactly what we need another foreign corporation opening a boutique store that serves no need. While once upon a time, TJ might have been an honest place to buy healthy food, those days are long and gone. Why not support vendors from the local area rather than hand your money over to a foreign corporation whose net positive impact on the local economy and community is practically nonexistent.

    • Deb

      Hope Trader Joes comes to South Hills!!! Would be one of the best grocery stores in the community!

      • Debbie

        Do you know when Pier One will be closing?

  • Ann

    I love Trader Joe’s and it would be wonderful to have one closer than Shadyside. It would have a very positive impact on the local economy. JOBS! If an American-owned company wants to put in a quality store like TJ’s, great. That’s what competition is all about.

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