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Let's work together to bring a Trader Joe's to Lodi

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Posted: Saturday, December 4, 2010 12:00 am

This letter is in regards to Lodi needing a Trader Joe's.

My husband and I are the owners and operators of the Lodi Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Through the normal course of running our new business, I interface with many other local residents of this special Lodi community. Hardly a day goes by — whether at school picking up our kids, grocery shopping or making purchases for our business — that someone doesn't bring up the need and desire for a Trader Joe's market in Lodi.

I talked with the developer of Reynolds Ranch, Dale Gillespie, who told me that they had been in repeated contact with the real estate department of Trader Joe's and that they have no current plans for a store in Lodi.

I decided to do what little I could and write them a message requesting that they seriously consider a store in Lodi. I found that there is an actual page on Trader Joe's website specifically to request a new Trader Joe's location. I would like to request that any of readers of this letter that share this interest in a new Trader Joe's for Lodi go to and fill in the form requesting a store for Lodi. Maybe if they here from enough Lodians, they will more seriously consider us.

I think we can all agree that anything we can do to keep our dollars in our community pays dividends in terms of local jobs, local sales and property tax generation and an occasional stay by corporate personnel at ours or another local hotel.

Beth Kim


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