A new national, gourmet grocery store in Greensboro?

Nothing causes buzz around here like new grocery stores.

The word "gourmet" brings a few options to mind: Whole Foods Market? Earth Fare? Fresh Market?

Or, yet again, Trader Joe's?

After all, we know Trader Joe's is interested in that area.

It's a heavily trafficked, higher income area.

It's also just across the street from a Whole Foods. So Whole Foods can't be the mystery grocer here.

And Trader Joe's has a history of locating very near Whole Foods. Just look at the stores in Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill or Richmond, Va.

So I gave Trader Joe's a call this afternoon and asked if they were going to open a store in Greensboro.

"We don't have anything to confirm," Spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said.

"So you don't have anything to deny, either?" I asked.

"We don't have anything to confirm," Mochizuki replied.

I'm making a judgment, but: sounds like there are plans in the works to me.

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Contact Kelly Poe at (336) 373-7003, and follow @kelly_poe on Twitter.

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