Trader Joe's first Miami store to open in Pinecrest EXCLUSIVE:

Cult supermarket chain Trader Joe’s is finally planning to open its first store in Miami.

The grocer has signed a lease to occupy a 17,866 square foot building formerly housing a Borders Book Shop in Pinecrest.

The store’s location at 9205 South Dixie Highway is across from the Dadeland South Metrorail station.



  1. UMdev

    September 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Great, now that they decided to come to Miami, they need to hurry up and come to Brickell.

  2. sandman

    September 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Now confirmed in the mainstream media:

    Trader Joe’s will open first South Florida outpost in 2013

    Sean, post: 2005, member: 42 wrote: Check it out!

    Thanks for picking this up Sean, the story only really gained traction after you posted it. I also enjoyed the “Deep Throat” comparison.

  3. Sean

    September 20, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Although it was an exMiami exclusive, I was thrilled to be the first media source to “break” the story.

  4. Sean

    September 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Now it’s in the Herald, in the New Times, on… !

  5. Sean

    December 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Do we have an opening date?

  6. sandman

    December 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Sean, post: 2898, member: 42 wrote: Do we have an opening date?

    They have not even applied for a construction permit yet.

  7. Sean

    December 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm


  8. sandman

    December 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Sean, post: 2900, member: 42 wrote: Wow

    The site plan for Trader Joe’s was submitted on Thursday (12/13), so it could be some time before they can get construction permits.

  9. yellows2k

    January 5, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Miami foodies eagerly await Trader Joe’s in Pinecrest

    “They submitted site plans in December and we already reviewed them,” Olmsted said. “Once the drawings are approved and building permits are issued construction will begin. I don’t anticipate any problems in the permitting process. It should be fairly soon.”

  10. langbro

    January 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Future site of Trader Joe’s

  11. langbro

    January 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    The parking lot at the Trader Joe’s in Naples is packed on holiday weekends.

    The reason?

    According to an employee, it is due to crowds of shoppers driving in from Miami.

  12. sandman

    April 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    More than seven months after signing a lease in Pinecrest, Trader Joe’s still has not been able to obtain a construction permit.

    Records show that Trader Joe’s paid $3,735 in fees in December 2012 for site plan review, as well as a $10,098 ‘upfront deposit’ in January for a construction permit. While some portions of the Trader Joe’s plan has been approved, others have been rejected on multiple occasions.

    Village of Pinecrest planning director Steve Olmsted explains:

    “Trader Joe’s is currently in the process of preparing revisions to building plans submitted to the Village of Pinecrest as necessary to address comments of the Village’s structural engineer/plans reviewer. Upon resolution of those review comments, it is expected that a building permits will be issued for the start of construction.”

  13. langbro

    April 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Village of Pinecrest planing department employees blame Trader Joe’s out-of-state engineers who are not familiar with Dade County’s strict hurricane codes for the delay:

  14. sandman

    April 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    The construction permit was approved yesterday.

    The construction contractor is Build Manage Consult Construction Services of Alachua.

  15. miami1

    May 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Demolition work is underway at the former Border’s bookstore, future Trader Joe’s

  16. sandman

    May 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Trader Joe’s has signed a lease in Palm Beach Gardens.

    The store will open in the fall of 2014. It will be located in the PGA Plaza at PGA Boulevard and Prosperity Farms Road.

    The company sent out a news release confirming the new location.

  17. langbro

    May 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm


  18. miami1

    May 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Trader Joe’s finds a solution for Pinecrest parking problem

    View Slideshow
    Jeremy Larkin
    Trader Joe’s removed the front face of the former Borders bookstore to create a second row of parking.
    Shaun Bevan
    Reporter- South Florida Business Journal

    When Trader Joe’s decided to move into the shell of a former Borders bookstore, it was faced with a troubling problem: Where were the throngs of customers going to park?
    The bookstore’s parking lot was plagued with confusing entrances and one-lane parking. But when there’s a problem, there’s usually a good solution.
    “Trader Joe’s was faced with an issue regarding a bigger floor plate than their prototype and a need for adequate parking at their new Pinecrest location,” said real estate broker, Jeremy Larkin, president of NAI Miami.
    The solution was to cut off the front of the building to create a second row of parking, he said. “This reduces their floor plate to closer to their prototype, reduces the required parking spaces and increases the actual number of parking spaces available. Problem solved,”
    Construction of the 13,500-square-foot Trader Joe’s is now underway at 9205 S. Dixie Highway, across from the Dadeland South Metrorail Station. It took several months for the company to meet Miami-Dade County’s building codes in order to secure a construction permit.
    The California-based grocery chain is expected to open in Pinecrest by the end of the year.
    Palm Beach Gardens was able to successfully attract Trader Joe’s to PGA Plaza, commercial developers confirmed earlier this month.
    The 12,500-square-foot store will be a junior anchor at the plaza, on the corner of PGA Boulevard and Prosperity Farms Road. Construction is slated to begin in the fall, with an opening date scheduled for fall 2014.

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