Boston could be getting another Trader Joe’s

And it would be the Seaport's first supermarket.

Boston, MA  -  10/12/2017  -   Customers and employees sport leis.

Trader Joe's (cq) opens on the ground floor of an apartment building in Allston, at 199 North Harvard Street.
Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
Topic:   13grocery
Reporter:   Timothy Logan
Trader Joe's opened a store in Allston in 2017 (pictured above). –Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe

Thomson Place could soon be quite a hot destination.

Trader Joe’s is looking to open the Seaport’s first supermarket, just around the corner from Trillium’s new Fort Point brewpub and down the street from the first Massachusetts location of the Mexican food chain Bartaco. According to The Boston Globe, the Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission approved the cult-favorite grocery chain’s petition to renovate the large brick building at 44 Thomson Place during a meeting Thursday night.

The company is not yet promoting its plans for the store.

“We are interested in opening a new store in that area, however, I have no other information to confirm at this time,” Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Kenya Friend-Daniel told the Globe.

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Trader Joe’s already has two locations in Boston — one in Allston and one in the Back Bay — and a total of 19 stores in Massachusetts. There are also several Trader Joe’s stores in Boston’s neighboring suburbs, including in Brookline and at Somerville’s Assembly Square. But the Thomson Place store could be a first for the booming Seaport neighborhood, which despite its ever-growing array of restaurants has sorely lacked an actual supermarket beyond small, boutique grocery stores.

According to a Fort Point landmark commission meeting notice, a Trader Joe’s representative was seeking approval to reopen historic windows, relocate entrances and awnings, and install signage at the former Thomson Place warehouse. An unnamed real estate source told the Boston Business Journal, which first reported the store’s interest Thursday, that a landmark commission application is “a pretty good sign” that Trader Joe’s would open a store at that specific location.

With their application’s reported approval Thursday night, those odds appear to be only getting better.

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