"Unfortunately, petitions do not play a part in our decision on Trader
Joe's locations... Sorry, but we do not reveal what factors go into our
real estate choices," Mochizuki said. I then asked her the $64,000
question. Trader Joe's plans stores two years in advance. Is Kansas
City in that year plan?
"No, Kansas City, Missouri is not
in our two-year plan." I must have sounded dejected because Mochizuki
quickly added, "but things can always change."
There's your answer Kansas City. No Trader Joe's until 2012 minimum.
Update: Here's the full conversation I had with Trader Joe's about the KCMO versus other region debate in the comments.
Me: So will Trader Joe's be coming to Kansas City?
Mochizuki: Do you mean Kansas City, Kansas or Kansas City, Missouri?
Me: Either. Kansas City, Missouri?
Mochizuki: No, Kansas City, Missouri is not
in our two-year plans.
Me: Uh...What about in...,
Mochizuki: Sorry but things can always change. Be sure to check back with us if you have anymore questions. Thanks. [Click]
While she knew the differences between KCK and KCMO, she didn't let on to Trader Joe's coming to any part of the area. Instead she was brief and to the point so my two cents is hoping Trader Joe's comes to Johnson County instead is just that-- hoping.