Hayes Valley Trader Joe’s finally approved by SF Planning Commission

A Trader Joe’s grocery store in Hayes Valley was approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday.

The much-anticipated project has been in the works for eight years after a series of delays prevented the delay. The new store, which will be Joe’s seventh trader in San Francisco, will reside at 555 Fulton St., taking up more than an empty lot of a condominium building.

The news of approval was first reported by the San Francisco Examiner.

Hayes Valley is a neighborhood commercial transit district, meaning it has banned retail formulas in the neighborhood. A zoning change in 2019 passed by the Supervisory Board allowed for grocery store chains in the district.

As part of its approval, the grocery store must participate in affordable food programs, including SNAP and WIC, and analyze affordable food.

The new 16,600-square-foot store is expected to employ about 110 people.

During the public comment section, most community members expressed support for the project, with some expressing opposition, mainly due to traffic concerns.

To allay these concerns, commissioners called for modifications to the project, including an update on traffic mitigation in a year, extension of the parking limit to 90 minutes and inclusion of right turn signs in the parking garage.

“I’m glad we finally found someone to occupy this space,” Commissioner Sue Diamond said during the meeting. “We need a supermarket of this size.”

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