WATCH: Demolition of Trader Joe’s in Westfield
Friday morning's snow couldn't stop the demolition of the Trader Joe's store in Westfield, which came down after the roof collapsed during the blizzard two weeks ago.
Downtown Westfield, a coalition of businesses in the downtown area, said Friday's snow held up the arrival of some equipment to the Elm Street site, but the work got underway in the afternoon. NJ Advanced Media reported only the front half of the building, which was an expansion of the original Trader Joe's and formerly housed Wells Fargo, will have to come down. The rest will be worked into a rebuild, the report said.
Trader Joe's told TAPintoWestfield that the damage from the roof collapse made the building "no longer suitable."
"To our Westfield customers, we value your patience and look forward to welcoming you back into your store as soon as possible," wrote the company in a statement on its website.
"We intend to reopen in this location. Understanding the time it will take to reopen is a work-in-progress, as we determine what needs to be done. As soon as we have a realistic timeframe, we will share our plans," the company wrote.