Trader Joe's in Hadley, Mass. By Sprew - Own work, Public Domain,
By Sprew - Own work, Public Domain,
Trader Joe’s in Hadley, Mass.

After much speculation and petitioning, Arkansas Business has confirmed  that Trader Joe’s is indeed setting up shop at the former Toys ‘R Us in West Little Rock, at 11500 Financial Center Parkway.

A Little Rock building permit, received July 8 and approved July 15, calls for a “new HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, electrical and general grocery store fixtures,” valued at $1 million.


A Trader Joe’s that sits west of Interstate 430, a half-mile away from a Whole Foods? Probably not the location online petitioners in downtown, Hillcrest or The Heights might have wishfully hoped for, but hey, as long as the Little Rock location’s planning on schilling out $8 bottles of Ravenswood Zinfandel and those Almond Danish Kringles by Christmastime, we’ll take what we can get.