Portland African Leadership Forum leaders Tony Hopson and Former Sen. Avel Gordly address media and community members Monday at the site of a proposed Trader Joe’s on the corner of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street. The gathering took place just a couple of hours after the national retailer announced it pulled out of a deal with the Portland Development Commission and Majestic Realty Co. of Los Angeles to bring the specialty grocer to the heart of Portland’s African American community.
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It's back to the table for PDC and the community
After Trader Joes decision to pull out of a deal that would have brought the specialty grocer to a prime piece of land in the heart of of Portland's historic African-American community, leaves the community, leaders, business owners, and the city questioning what is next for what has one of the most complicated and controversial sites in town.