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Hope for Trader Joe's?: Minutes With the Mayor

A new Patch series in which Homewood's Village President Richard Hofeld answers questions from our readers.

In this edition of Minutes With the Mayor, Village President Richard Hofeld gives an update on the status of his attempts to attract attention from the highly sought after Trader Joe's.

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Brandon June 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I even saw a lady use a link card at Costco link cards are every where. If they put a Trader Joes in Homewod people would come Fromm all of the surround. Communitites to shop. There is CC hills, Hazel Crest, Matteson, Chgo. Heights, Glenwood, Richton Park, Park Forest&,Olylmpia Fields,. I agree with the earlier statement " Homewood could be similar to Evanston or Oak Park. The downtown area has a lot of potential to become greater than it already is... :) Let's go Homewood.
LocalRez June 19, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Homewood needs to find a creative way to make it worth TJ's time and efforts. I do think many would drive from the surrounding areas to come into shop. What a great way to rejuvenate Glenwood Plaza there is an entire parking lot empty - forget Cherry creek it's too crowded now. Glenwood plaza could get a facelift and other retail businesses would open there as well if TJ's was there. Easy access off the highway - lots of folks would exit and pass by all the other stores too. Maybe people need to start talking to TJ's about helping communities not just their profits.
k June 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM
We love homewood! I have many friends and coworkers who drive from Indiana to TJ in Orland. They'd come here. Many already do come here for dinner at Brewery or Gradys or Twisted Q or Cilantro or to hop on Metra. We'd be even more of a necessary destination for more people with TJ.
SRJ July 01, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Homewood - Flossmoor is a great area. The mayors of HF should work together w/ Glenwood & surrounding areas because there getting rundown. That's why these businesses won't ever give HF area a try. It's very unfortunate. The mayor should force the owners of that old Clark gas station and the old giordanos pizza to be torn-down. CEO 's I'm sure don't want to see that after getting off 294.
June Whitehand August 01, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The 80/94 exchange on Halsted is the way to market Homewood when it comes to businesses like Trader Joe's, not just H/F residents, but a great pull from the entire eastern side of the 80 corridor.

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