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

Updated: Mar 11


Checking in on the Trader Joe's and Target Coming to 125th Street Harlem
121 W 125th Street in Harlem has topped out at 17 stories.

Harlem's much-anticipated Trader Joe's and a 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 building is located at 121 W 125 Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard—the same block as Harlem's 19-story State Office Building, the Whole Foods that opened in 2017, and the Studio Museum's future home.


The 414,000-square-foot development 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.


Replacing a low-level parking garage, the structure will include a lower six-story section facing 125th Street and a higher tower along 126th Street.


It recently topped out at 17 stories and is expected to be completed by late 2023.


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

On a web page about diversity and inclusion, Trader Joe's points to the fact 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 has listed its 125th Street store on its Upcoming Store Openings page, adding that it will be about 44,000 square feet—the approximate size of the chain's small-format stores.


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