Specialty retailer planned for Tulane Avenue, said to be a Trader Joe's

A planned "specialty retailer" on Tulane Avenue, within the burgeoning "medical corridor," will be a Trader Joe's, the food chain with a cult-like following for its fairly small, unique product line and relatively low prices, according to a well-placed source. If it clears the permit process smoothly, it would be built by late 2024 and be the first in Orleans Parish.

When word gets out that Trader Joe's is planning to open a new location, one question often arises: Where am I going to park?

The California-based grocery chain has been quietly working on a proposal to open its second store in the New Orleans area — and its first in Orleans Parish — late next year.

The chosen site is on Tulane Avenue, and in recent discussions with neighborhood groups, representatives of the site developers provided maps that aimed to show how the retailer would divide up the block between Dorgenois and Rocheblave streets between store space and parking.

The plans call for a 13,000-square-foot store along with over 100 parking spaces.

Here's a map:

Proposed parking map on Tulane Avenue

The planned Trader Joe's site on Tulane Avenue.

Trader Joe's officials have been tight-lipped about their plans and declined to comment Thursday. 

Email Jerry DiColo at jdicolo@theadvocate.com.