Open a Trader Joe’s in Kent, Ohio

Open a Trader Joe’s in Kent, Ohio

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Jillian Kane started this petition to Trader Joe's

Kent, Ohio is a small town with a very diverse population. With Kent State University being one of the largest universities in Ohio, there is an abundance of students who are seeking a healthy lifestyle at an affordable and accessible level.

While there are several grocers located in and near Kent, the current options do not provide diverse food options that cater to a younger population. Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and other diets are growing increasingly common among college-aged individuals. This lifestyle along with a tight budget is difficult to maintain in a city where fast food and other unhealthy options are the most prominent market in Kent. 

There are a handful of small businesses in Kent that offer an extended vegan, vegetarian, etc. based menu and these businesses have excelled and are greatly appreciated by the population of Kent.

I believe that a Trader Joe’s in Kent would be wildly successful across the entire city including surrounding cities such as Akron and Stow and open new opportunities for individuals looking to lead a healthier lifestyle that is also maintainable— without sacrificing nutrition, money, or the simple joy of eating good food. 

The nearest Trader Joe’s is nearly 30 miles away. While this may not seem like a long distance to some, it is difficult to find the time and transportation to travel nearly 1.5 hours to have access to healthy and affordable foods.

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