To follow-up on the rumor, we sent an email to Trader Joe's and here is what they said:
We appreciate your inquiry. We are still expanding, but at this time we
do not have any confirmed plans for a location in this area.
Not exactly a confident confirmation of the rumor, but I guess they didn't flat out say no. If I had to handicap whether or not this rumor is true, I'd say there is about a 10% chance it's happening.
If you read the last comment of our old post a reader writes:
Spoke with a sales agent for the property management company today (I emailed in an inquiry on the location), most of the area has been leased to a "restaurant" but he couldn't say who/what because negotiations are still under way.
We peaked into the building and there still is a lot of 'restaurant' looking furniture inside and it has been moved around a little (presumably to do some maintenance/renovations within the space).
So that's the update. We will keep you posted if we hear anything else.