Mark-Carew said she doesn't fully believe that.
She said the company recently decided to open a store in Boise, Idaho after a social media campaign showed consumers there had interest in the chain. That store has since proven successful.
She believes something similar could happen at a Charleston location. She said the city is ideally located at a near equal distance from existing stores in surrounding states.
She also said Charleston has access to the state's three major interstates, making it easier for people to travel to a new store from surrounding areas.
In her job, Mark-Carew compiles state health care and disease statistics that point to a need for the store.
She said given the prevalence of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and celiac disease in the state, consumers need to find healthier food alternatives -- which is what Trader Joe's promotes.
"It's exposing people to different types of foods," she said. "I think that will open up people to a whole new mindset on how to eat and a what foods are available to eat."
Ric Cavender, East End Main Street director, said his organization hired a market analysis firm to evaluate the possibility of a new grocery store in that part of town three years ago.
The firm was asked specifically if a chain like Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would fit in the area.
"At the time, they told us you might not want to start with some of the high-end chains due to the current demographic situation," Cavender said.
While he personally thinks a Trader Joe's would do well in the East End, Cavender said the city had to realize the local age and income statistics didn't yet make the area look appealing.
Analysts also said high-end brands like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods now also ask for significant tax concessions from local and state governments as a condition of building new stores.
Cavender said the study proved the East End needs and can support a grocery chain. He also knows residents would prefer some type of organic, environmentally friendly options.
He said his organization would continue its attempts to recruit a grocery store to fill those needs.
"We're going to continue to recruit what makes sense for our district and what's going to continue to build the character of the community," Cavender said. "That's our focus."
Meanwhile, Mark-Carew said she's not giving up on her quest. She thinks that by continuing to lobby the company, and educating the public about healthy food options, eventually a company like Trader Joe's will come around.
"I think that, realistically, in five years it could happen," she said. "There are positive changes happening in that I think will make Trader Joe's realize the chance they're missing in West Virginia."
Contact writer Jared Hunt at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.
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