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Trader Joe’s Update

The developer of a Trader Joe’s store in Colonie, New York, is asking town zoning officials to approve a variance for an attached freezer/cooler in back of the soon-to-open store on Wolf Road.

The zoning board of appeals is scheduled to consider the request May 3 at 7 p.m.

The variance is the last regulatory hurdle before the popular specialty grocery chain can open at 79 Wolf Road, its first store in the Albany region.

No opening date has been announced, though the company has said the store would open in the second quarter of this year. A Trader Joe’s spokeswoman did not return messages.

There are no local jobs posted yet on the Trader Joe’s website.

The company wants to build a 270-square-foot freezer/cooler in back of the store. As designed, the attached unit would only be 2 feet away from the property line. A 15-foot setback is required under the zoning code.

The ZBA meets at the Public Operations Center at 347 Old Niskayuna Road.

Columbia Realty New York LLC brokered the deal to bring Trader Joe’s to the Albany region.

A building that once housed OfficeMax has been converted into three storefronts, including a 13,000-square-foot space for Trader Joe’s.

A Sleepy’s mattress store opened last month in one storefront. The third space will be filled by SuperCuts, which is moving from Northway Mall, said Marc Goldstein, president of Columbia Realty.


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