Why are Trader Joe’s parking lots so small?


Richard Willson, professor of urban planning at Cal Poly Pomona, shares why Trader Joe’s markets have small parking lots. Willson says Trader Joe’s is able to be an oasis in food deserts because it can shoehorn a store and parking onto smaller lots. “What they are doing from an urban planning standpoint is providing a smaller grocery store option in local neighborhoods so that people don’t have to drive as much

This story appeared on KPCC  on August 18.