Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says his effort to convince the Trader Joe’s grocery chain to recommit to opening a store in Northeast Portland has failed. That leaves the fate of a city-owned lot up in the air.
The Portland Development Commission owns the land at the corner of Northeast Martin Luther King and Alberta.
Spokesman Shawn Uhlman says the Commission still wants to sell the lot to Majestic Realty. That’s the California real estate developer that planned to bring in Trader Joe’s.
And Uhlman says he thinks Majestic is still willing to buy, because the company doesn’t own any land in Portland and wants to get into the market.
“They’ve put in a lot of time, and lot of effort, a lot of energy just to get to this point. I think what they’ve done so far demonstrates their level of commitment to Portland,” he said.
But the city and the company haven’t signed any deals yet.
Mayor Hales has said another grocery store would be an ideal anchor tenant for the site.
Majestic Realty did not respond to a request for comment.
Trader Joe’s referred back to a statement it made in February. “Given negative reactions from the community, it said, we will not be opening a store in the area.”