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The Woodlands vs. the Alabama Theater: Trader Joe's silently weighs its options (and rumors)

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Houston, we finally have proof positive that good things come to those who wait.

The rumors flew when foodies speculated that the wildly popular alternative grocery store Trader Joe's would set up shop 30 miles outside the loop in — gasp! — The Woodlands.

But if you're sitting down, inner Loopers, we're happy to report that the story doesn't end there.

source told the Houston Chronicle that Trader Joe's is quite keen on taking over the unoccupied Alabama Theater for its very first H-Town location. Trader Joe's reps are declining comment on any possible Houston-area locations.

If this does comes true though, it would be greatest grocer news since Whole Foods picked up a North Montrose address. The Woodlands would not get the first crack at the best hometown market known to your fridge (in this writer's opinion) if California-based Trader Joe's fancies one of our city's most beloved historical buildings for its Houston home.

Sure, a Trader Joe's will make left turns from South Shepherd Drive into the shopping center a real nightmare. Sure, traffic will be so miserable in Upper Kirby that we might all require anger management classes.

But things always get worse before they get better. And if you ask me, Trader Joe's is worth every ounce of headache it dishes. Wherever it ends up.

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