TAMPA — Evidence is mounting that Trader Joe's plans to open a specialty grocery store in south Tampa.
A commercial contractor that developed Sarasota's Trader Joe's has filed permits with the city of Tampa to construct a retail building at 3808 W Swann Ave., near Dale Mabry Highway. The site currently houses a Shapes gym.
Records with the city's Construction Services Division show four permits have been filed by Jason Tankersley of Centennial American Properties in Greenville, S.C.
The city received the building plans Tuesday and is reviewing them.
The Tampa Bay Times first reported Thursday that the developer is taking construction bids on a 12,300-square-foot store and has hired Tennessee-based Barry Byrd Architecture to design the structure. Barry Byrd also designed the newly opened Trader Joe's in Columbia, S.C.
Neither Trader Joe's nor the owners of the site, Swann Avenue Properties, has commented on the plans.
Talk that Trader Joe's may take over the Shapes site has been circulating since April.
The highly coveted store would be the first in the Tampa Bay area and consistently ranks as one of top stores local shoppers would like to see move to the area.
Others stores are located in Sarasota, Naples and Gainesville.