Trader Joe's doesn't plan to open in Puyallup in the next two years, a company spokeswoman said Friday.
"At this time, Puyallup is not in our two-year plan," said spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki in an email, in response to inquiries from The News Tribune. The paper was trying to track down rumors, spread like wildfire this week on social media, that the California-based store was planning to take over the former Summit Trading Co. site on Canyon Road.
In what is probably not a coincidence, the rumor began shortly after my colleague C.R. Roberts broke the news of Summit going out of business. I couldn't reach the owners of Summit for comment on the part of the rumor that their property was sold, but as of this morning, no public document indicates a sale. Typically such sales will be recorded with Pierce County soon after closing.
While Summit isn't in the City of Puyallup proper, city planning director Tom Utterback said this week that he hadn't heard a whisper of truth to the rumor, either.
"We would love to have them," Utterback said Tuesday. "It's the number one question we field here. If you go to their website, there's a list of stores upcoming and none of them are even in Washington State."
The only Trader Joe's in Pierce County is in University Place. It opened in 2004.