It’s possible, according to this Portland Tribune story released today…
“The Alberta Co-op Grocery has a site picked out on Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard owned by the Portland Housing Bureau. It would like to start with a farm stand and evolve into a 4,000-square-foot grocery store beneath an affordable housing project – if it can get the land and property-tax relief. Trader Joe’s is interested in a 12,000-square-foot store at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street. The company wrote PDC that it could move the project ahead sooner with “the right package” of subsidies.”
Update, November 2013: head to MLK in Motion: Trader Joe’s to MLK & Alberta for the latest news on whether Trader Joe’s will land at this site.
Above, planter boxes constructed by artist Joe Sneed on the wall of the Alberta Co-op Grocery, at 15th & Alberta.