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Trader Joe's coming to Columbia

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After years of rumors about what would occupy the space where the old Columbia Athletic Club currently stands on Forest Drive, the building's realty company says Trader Joe's has bought the vacant building.

In a press release, the company says they'll be openingan 13,800 square foot store in the building's footprint in the first quarter of 2013.

The low-cost grocery store sells what they call "innovative, hard-to-find, great-tasting foods". The company already has two locations in South Carolina -- one in Charleston and one in Greenville.

The old Columbia Athletic Club has sat vacant since Gold's Gym moved the franchise down Forest Drive several years ago.

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