Jul 21, 2014 10:58 PM by Matt Prichard

Possible parking pinch at University Village

Businesses in the University Village shopping area getting excited about their new neighbor, but also worrying that parking may get a bit tighter when Trader Joe's opens its doors.

"Looking at the number of spaces, yes, it could be a concern. But we're just going to have to roll with the punches a little bit," said Colorado Running Company Manager, Maddy Schmid. 

The novelty grocery shop pegged for the corner of the popular center with seemingly little parking for its loyal followers. But developers for University Village say they've got more than enough for everyone, and every store. 

"We anticipate a lot of people showing up as a result of Trader Joe's being opened. We don't anticipate that parking will be unattainable. There will be parking spots for people," said University Village Developer, Tom Cone. 

Even the Colorado Running Company admits having Trader Joe's could be a good thing, with the hope that all the extra foot traffic finds its way through their doors. 

"One of the big perks of us being here is that Trader Joe's was going to be here too. So we know there is going to be a lot of traffic, and we're excited for it! We've already seen a lot of overflow since moving in, so it's been great so far," said Schmid. 

And Cone isn't just confident in the center, he also trusts that an experienced chain like Trader Joe's knows what resources it needs both inside and out. 

"This isn't their first rodeo. And they wouldn't have come here if they hadn't seen our site plan and decided there was enough parking for their store," said Cone. 

Trader Joe's is expected to open its doors this coming fall, which will put this parking debate to the test fairly quickly. Stay with News 5 in the coming months as the building continues to take shape--and the grand opening continues to get closer. 



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