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Traders Joe's Wanted on Detroit Avenue

We recently asked what business should move into the abandoned Vedda Building building on Detroit Avenue.

Trader Joe's should move to the abandoned Vedda Building on Detroit Avenue. 

That's according to Lakewood Patch readers who that the grocery store chain should move into the space. 

We  what should move into the vacant space next to the .

The nominations — and then the votes — rolled in.

Trader Joe's took in 32 percent of the vote, but closely followed by a suggestion to convert the building into artist studios/apartments.

The Vedda Building — once the home of Phil Vedda and Sons Printing — has been abandoned since the company vacated the property in the late 1990s.

The building was most recently the home of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign outpost in Lakewood.

There have been reports that neighboring , but no deal was ever reached.

Peter Grossetti July 02, 2012 at 03:28 PM
ah, the gentrification of Lakewood will, according to Evan, be complete in 4 to 5 years!
Evan Hammersmith July 02, 2012 at 03:52 PM
complete in 4-5 years? probably not. But given the recent development in the past few years in Lakewood, I would imagine over the next 4 years, we'll see more improvements made to the east end of the city. That'll be great, in my opinion. The east end is too neglected.
ian king July 14, 2012 at 01:47 PM
the reality of business is if no one supports them, whether mom and pop shops or large corporations, they won't be able to stay in business. plain and simple. for all the focus on this website about supporting small mom and pop shops in lakewood, i don't see that happening that much. a lot of small business have closed their doors in lakewood in the last few years. blame it on the dreary economics everywhere, but talk to a few of these former owners and they will all tell you not enough local support was given. we can all say how much we want charming, small unique shops, but if not enough citizens of lakewood support them, they won't exist. shopping local is unfortunately just often not the reality in lakewood!
Alexa September 06, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Well said. Yes, the GE building is a good idea Darlene. Parking would be MUCH better! It would be good to have a TJ in Lakewood! It certainly would be more convenient for those of us who might not want to go 'all the way' out to Crocker just to pick up dinner ingredients. It should be very prosperous for them. It is far enough away from Earth Fair in Westgate too, the competition would be good for both of those stores' business. I suppose it could push pretty hard on the raw foods store on Clifton, but that would make them work even harder, some decent advertising would help them out. In my opinion there would/should be a good market for T.J. in Lakewood!
Lisa Mooney September 12, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Trader Joe's would be a fabulous addition to Lakewood! How can it even be debated as a negative when so far on Detroit a beautiful church and theater have been torn down -- for a McDonald's and another not needed drug store. If we want to scrutinize tenants, then something isn't working right since these eyesores of mediocrity are seeping in everywhere. Trader Joe's shouldn't be placed in that category.

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