Thriftway in Southwest Portland to become Trader Joe's

A new Trader Joe's grocery story is slated to occupy the Garden Home Market Place plaza in Southwest Portland. The plaza used to house a Thriftway store.

After months of speculation about a new Trader Joe's grocery store coming to the former Garden Home Thriftway site, the company has confirmed its plans to open a store in Southwest Portland.

"We are very interested in bringing a store to Southwest Portland and are taking the necessary steps to make it happen," said Erin Baker, a spokesperson for Trader Joe's Company. "There are a number of things that need to happen before the store is confirmed."