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The Seaport Is Getting Its First Real Grocery Store, and It’s Trader Joe’s

The beloved chain could open this fall in Fort Point.


Trader Joe's Allston

Trader Joe’s at the Continuum building in Lower Allston. The California grocery chain just confirmed plans to open a location in the Boston Seaport. / Photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s

It’s official: Trader Joe’s is coming to Fort Point. There was a strong rumor that this was in the works since February—and by “strong rumor,” we mean publicly filed documents, and the company saying it was “very interested in” the area—and today, the Boston Business Journal confirms the Seaport District could get its first full-scale grocery store as soon as this fall.

Headed for 44 Thomson Place, in the same historic structure as Trillium Brewing Co.’s Fort Point restaurant, Trader Joe’s will take up between 15,000-20,000 square feet of retail space. The company’s website says the Fort Point outpost will not carry the likes of Trader José Premium Mexican Lager, $6 bottles of reserve wines, or any alcohol. But it will be an honest-to-goodness place to buy groceries, which the Seaport District still lacks nearly 10 years into a development boom that has brought hundreds of new housing units to the area. (The neighborhood is home to a J. Pace & Son, and a second location of Cardullo’s, which both sell Italian imports, prepared foods, and other specialty products.)

Trader Joe’s, of course, is the California-based, Tiki-themed mecca of nut butters, globally inspired convenience food, sulfate-free cosmetics, snacks, and more. Its standard stores—the size that’s in the works in Fort Point—typically offer fresh produce, meats, robust cheese selections, and floral departments.

“We’re looking forward to opening the Seaport location and welcoming customers to their neighborhood Trader Joe’s store,” company spokesperson Kenya Friend-Daniel told the BBJ.

Stay tuned for updates on what will be the 20th TJ’s location in Massachusetts. Need your cookie butter fix now? Check out the company’s newest local outpost in Allston.

Trader Joe’s Seaport, coming to 44 Thomson Place in fall 2019, Fort Point, Boston, traderjoes.com.