Checking in on the Trader Joe's and Target Coming to 125th Street in Harlem


Checking in on the Trader Joe's and Target Coming to 125th Street in Harlem
The new glass facade at 121 W 125th Street.

Harlem's much-anticipated Trader Joe's and small-format Target are coming to a new complex on 125th Street that is finally starting to take shape.


Known officially as the Urban League Empowerment Center, the 414,000-square-foot development at 121 W 125 Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard topped out at 17 stories this spring. Its glass facade was installed this summer.


Checking in on the Trader Joe's and Target Coming to 125th Street Harlem
The building topped out at 17 stories this spring.

The building will be the headquarters of the historic National Urban League and also house a civil rights museum, community groups such as Jazzmobile, plus 170 affordable housing units.


Located on the same block as Harlem's 19-story State Office Building, the neighborhood's Whole Foods as well as the Studio Museum's future new home, the complex is expected to be completed by late 2023.


A rendering of the completed Urban League Empowerment Center near the construction site.

On a page about diversity and inclusion, Trader Joe's website proudly notes that its first Harlem store will share space with the National Urban League and New York’s first civil rights museum. The ground-floor retail space will be 28,000 square feet.


Target lists its 125th Street store on its Upcoming Store Openings page and mentions it will be about 44,000 square feet—about the size of the chain's small-format stores.


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