Trader Joe's Plans Move to Former Fresh Market Site

Trader Joe’s at 29 S. Milpas St. is expected to move soon from its much smaller location near the 101 Freeway to the 22,000-square-foot, former Fresh Market location at 222 N. Milpas St.

Trader Joe’s Manager Victoria Tice said a new tenant must be found before the store can move to the new location.

Fresh Market closed in March 2015 after only occupying the Milpas location for about 15 months. Fresh Market took over the spot once occupied by Scolari’s Market, which had been on Milpas for several decades. Both parent companies of those markets closed all their stores in California.

When Trader Joe’s moves to N. 222 Milpas St., it will not only occupy a much larger building, but also will have a parking lot about three times the size of its current 10,000-square-foot Milpas store. It shares the small lot with Rite Aid, Petco, Jack’s Bagels, Carl’s Jr. and Santa Barbara Tobacco Shop. The new location has a PetSmart store as its only neighbor.

Fresh Market wasn’t the only grocery enterprise on Milpas Street to bite the dust recently. Last year, the Fresh & Easy Market at the corner of Milpas and Gutierrez streets was shuttered.

Trader Joe’s also has South Coast locations on De la Vina Street in Santa Barbara and on Calle Real in Goleta.9287