Southlake — City Council and the applicant for a Trader Joe’s grocery store were able to square away some concerns.The council reviewed the site plan for a Trader Joe’s in Town Square at its Oct. 1 meeting and unanimously passed the site plan and specific use permit for the project.Frank Bliss, president of Cooper and Stebbins, Southlake Town Square developer, said he plans to begin construction in January and have the store open in 2014.Councilwoman Carolyn Morris’s concerns about large delivery trucks at the location were relieved when the developer and Trader Joe’s officials agreed to limit large trucks to 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. The unique grocer would be in a two-story building on Central Avenue and Southlake Boulevard that includes 70 elevated parking spaces. The main shopping portion would be on the elevated floor, while back-of-house operations would occur on the ground level. Trader Joe’s is known for its exclusive items like cookie butter and apple cinnamon goat cheese.“We are so enthusiastic about Trader Joe’s coming to Southlake and want to thank you,” Mayor John Terrell said to Doug Yokomizo, Trader Joe’s vice president.Pamela Muller, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, showed her excitement by holding up her Trader Joe’s branded reusable shopping bag. Park Village Returns to City CouncilTrader Joe’s isn’t the only specialty grocer being talked about in Southlake.The Park Village retail center had its first reading at the city council meeting and the developer said he has a specialty grocer in mind but he would not say who it was.The shopping center features about 185,000 square feet of space for restaurants and retail. It also includes a 3,000-square-foot water feature that the developer has likened to a Bellagio-like fountain in Las Vegas on the corner of E. Southlake Boulevard and S. Carroll Avenue.The development would feature large retailers and a more intimate, pedestrian friendly shopping area called “The Village,” that would feature two fountains, plenty of benches and fire places. “Our real desire and goal is to create a pedestrian experience where the pedestrian is superior to the automobile,” said Stephen Coslik, Woodmont Company chairman and CEO, the project’s developer.Woodmont plans to have the project completed in Nov. 1, 2014.A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15.
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