The North Alabama area has been pining for a Trader Joe’s for over a decade, with many Madison residents crossing every finger and toe that it would someday be announced as “coming soon” to our community.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor of Huntsville Tommy Battle announced during his virtual “State of the City” address that a Trader Joe’s location is officially coming to Huntsville and will be located in the MidCity District.
Though this means that Madison likely won’t see its owner Trader Joe’s location for a few more years (don’t quote me on that!), this does mean that a location is now within just three miles from the eastern border of our city limits. Three cheers!
Do you remember this article below from a few months ago with a wish list of businesses that our community wants in Madison? Trader Joe’s was at the top of the list!
Trader Joe’s in Huntsville, Alabama
Trader Joe’s PR Director Kenya Friend-Daniel shared with All Things Madison that this location is in its earliest stages of development but has high hopes of opening sometime next fall 2021.
She also shared that the store is expected to be 12,500 sq. ft, which is on the larger side of other Trader Joe’s facilities. Locations around the country typically fall between 8,000-15,000 sq. ft.
To put this store size into perspective, it’s about 2,000 sq. ft. larger than the average Walgreen’s.
It’s not surprising that Trader Joe’s finally decided to bring a location to Huntsville considering the city is predicted to be the largest in the state by 2025. Huntsville alone boasts a population of roughly 180,000 residents. In comparison, Madison is sitting around 53,000 residents and is currently the 10th largest city population-wise in the state.
The City of Madison’s official website has a section called “Bring it to Madison”, which lists businesses that residents really want to see come to our area. It also has a section where residents can request businesses. For years, Trader Joe’s has been the most requested business.
Rocket City Mom wrote a great article yesterday called “What’s So Great About Trader Joe’s? Things Families Will Love“, and I would suggest giving it a quick read if you’re confused about why everyone is so stinkin’ excited.
I’ve personally shopped in these stores around the country during our military moves and travels, and I join the masses when I say that this announcement is worthy of our excitement, Madison.
Though Trader Joe’s won’t ultimately contribute to Madison’s tax dollars and grow our city economically in a direct way, it will continue to boost our interest value. Madison is right around the corner from Mid City.
Those who are considering moving here from larger cities will see that our area has many of the perks they are used to, and those who are moving here from smaller cities will see that Madison possesses a small-town feel with bigger city perks just around the corner. The greater number of people that want to move here and call Madison home means that our property values will continue to stay high, even steadily rise. This is a win/win for all, or at least that’s the way I see it.