A building permit issued Monday by the city of Little Rock is the long-awaited confirmation that specialty supermarket Trader Joe's will be coming to the former Toys 'R Us space at 11500 Financial Center Parkway.
The news was first reported in May by the local food blog Rock City Eats.
The permit, which anticipates buildout work valued at just over $1 million, was pulled by Dago Barajas of Arcadia, California, and comments by the city plans examiner, Curtis Richey, specifies that the new tenant will be "Trader Joe."
Stephanie Jackson, a spokeswoman for Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, issued the following statement:
"Mayor Scott has made jobs growth and economic development a top priority for his administration. Conversely, a grocer as wildly popular as Trader Joe’s deciding to locate in our city would be great news all around. If and when it happens, Mayor Scott will be happy to welcome them to Little Rock."