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Trader Joe's may be coming to WNY in late 2013

Fans of the eclectic Trader Joe's grocery stores launched a public campaign months ago to draw the retailer to Kenmore. 

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society announced this morning its mission was successful. Then Trader Joe's said no store was planned for Kenmore.

The News' Maki Becker explains the confusion:

Melissa Foster, president of the Kenmore improvement group, put out a press release today saying Trader Joe's is coming to Western New York leading many, leaving the mistaken impression it would be coming to Kenmore.

"We're thrilled to have played a role in attracting Trader Joe's to the area," Foster said.

But according to a Trader Joe's spokeswoman that there are no plans for a Kenmore store.

There was no immediate word from Trader Joe's about whether there are definite plans for a store somewhere else in Western New York.

Why are people so excited? The variety of packaged foodstuffs, for one. Trader Joe's is known for its array of fresh and frozen specialty items, mostly house brands. It's also earned a reputation for well-valued house wines, though the famed "Two-Buck Chuck" specials are mostly history.

A Rochester location is set to open in Oct. At present, the closest Trader Joe's might be Albany. Here's a detailed visitor's report.

(Note: An earlier version of this item said the store was slated for Kenmore.)


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