On Oct. 6, construction teams began demolishing the former Robinson Community Learning Center and adjacent buildings on Eddy Street in South Bend. A Trader Joe’s store will take the buildings' place.
The University of Notre Dame and Kite Realty Trust announced the store’s opening on Monday, Oct. 5. Currently, the closest Trader Joe’s is almost 70 miles away in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The store will be located at the corner of Howard and Eddy Streets, where the old Robinson Community Learning Center building is currently being demolished. This summer, the community center relocated to a new and expanded building across the street, where it continues to provide South Bend families with an educational center and gathering place.
Jeff Rea, president of the South Bend Regional Chamber, said the new Trader Joe’s is an encouraging sign for the future of South Bend and will act as an anchor for community engagement.
“This was a tremendous shot in the arm at a time when people needed some good news," Rea said. "Hopefully, it’s a nice signal that the economy is recovering, the construction is still happening.”
Rea predicted that construction will finish toward the end of 2021.