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Boca Trader Joe’s opening could be pushed back

City mandate for buried power lines might hold up project's completion

July 02, 2014 03:45PM

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The need for underground power lines could delay the opening of Trader Joe’s in Boca Raton.

Boca’s Trader Joe’s was slated to open on Sept. 26, but the city requires underground power lines for all new developments. The store is part of a three-building development called East City Center. Charles Siemon, an attorney for the East City Center developer, said the requirement would “destroy the schedule they are operating on.”

Trader Joe’s originally revealed plans for the Boca location in June 2013. It would be the chain’s first outlet in southern Palm Beach County.

The city cites safety and aesthetics as the main reasons for burying power lines, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Boca Raton’s City Council is on a break until July 21. [Sun-Sentinel]Eric Kalis

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