Nestled in among the "Collegiate Gothic" buildings of USC's huge new USC Village mixed-use project will be something to make the residents in neighboring Downtown very jealous: a Trader Joe's. A release from USC confirms that the Trader will be arriving in 2017 with the rest of USC's megaproject (which just broke ground this week), and that the store will cover about 12,700 square feet at Jefferson and Hoover—that's right about in the middle of the range for an average TJ's, says the Downtown News.
The chain's been teasing a hopeful, willing Downtown for years; recent rumors that a TJ's might be headed for the remodeled The Bloc mall in the Financial District prove that DTLA's still hungry for that proprietary trail mix. (We'll see if the tune changes when Downtown's first Whole Foods arrives at Eighth and Grand.) But at least they'll be just an Expo or Blue Line ride away from the USC outpost; the Trader Joe's at USC will take up just a fraction of the 115,000 square feet of restaurants and retail space in the Village (other tenants will include a drugstore, fitness center, USC store, and Starbucks), so it's likely parking will be just as rough there as it is at nearly every other TJ's.
· USC Starts Work on Huge New Mixed-Use Addition to Campus [Curbed LA]