Thousands sign petition seeking a Trader Joe’s in Coney Island
Thousands of Coney Island residents have signed a petition calling upon Trader Joe’s to open a store in Coney Island.
The petition’s co-organizer, who only identified himself as Alex, admitted that he owns three apartments in the neighborhood and that he wants a Trader Joe’s because he believes it would increase the value of his real estate, according to Brooklyn Paper.
“It appeals to both the lower-middle-class and upper-middle-class people, it’s superb service and great quality food,” Alex, who lives in Brighton Beach, told Brooklyn Paper. Alex said he and the petition’s co-creator, who is remaining anonymous, initially started the petition, which calls for “more skinny-pants residents” to Coney Island, as a joke.
However, more than 2,600 people had signed the petition by Thursday morning, Brooklyn Paper said.
Trader Joe’s currently has Brooklyn stores on Court Street in Cobble Hill and in the City Point complex in Downtown Brooklyn. Coney Island contains several supermarkets, including Key Food, Fine Fare and Stop and Shop, in addition to many small bodegas.