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Published on May 16, 2024
Hayes Valley Welcomes Early Opening of Trader Joe’s at 555 Fulton, Boosting Local Employment and Community GrowthSource: Google Street View

Hayes Valley's much-awaited Trader Joe's on Fulton and Laguna streets is set to open its doors this Friday. After overcoming several hurdles, including a year-long delay, the grocery chain is ready to welcome customers before its June launch. According to SFist, eager onlookers have recently spotted shelves being stocked, which hinted at the store's imminent opening—a welcome development confirmed by Trader Joe's corporate on Tuesday afternoon.

The new location features a nearly 13,000-square-foot space within the 555 Fulton St. condo project. With ample parking and a Laguna Street storefront, the shop promises convenience alongside the familiar selection of Trader Joe's goods. "More than seventy new Crew Members will be hired for this store from surrounding local neighborhoods," the company mentioned in a release obtained by SFist. The detail reflects the company's commitment to community integration and adds a much-needed boost to local employment.

In line with its established tradition, Trader Joe's plans to continue to donate 100% of its unsold products that remain fit for consumption to various non-profit and community-based organizations, signaling the brand's ongoing dedication to social responsibility. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, these donations are part of the company's longstanding Neighborhood Shares Program, which aims to reduce waste and support those in need.

The 555 Fulton project has had its fair share of tumult, including entanglement in a citywide bribery scandal and a tricky negotiation phase following construction delays. "We are thrilled to finally be able to bring a grocery store to this long-vacant space after all these years," Supervisor Dean Preston told the Chronicle. This Trader Joe’s is seen as a cornerstone for the revitalized neighborhood. It could soon find itself without other major grocery store options if the Safeway at Webster and Geary closes as planned.

Avery Bays Real Estate, developers of the 555 Fulton St. building, has also cited the new Trader Joe's opening as a catalyst for accelerating the sales of remaining condo units in the complex. According to Aaron Chang of Avery Bays, the next step will be to fill two smaller retail spaces on the ground floor, potentially with a local cafe and a gym.