February 6, 2006

LOST AMONG THE SUPERMARKETS. Back in the dark days before Marion Barry started making comebacks, DC food shoppers bought their ramen and milk (Yuk!!) at Giant, Safeway or the poor stepchild of Safeway, Townhouse. Well so long condo glut and hello Supermarket glut, of course no one is complaining about this overbuild.

The latest addition to the mix is a Harris Teeter on H St. NE. The previously announced plan to build 230 market-rate apartments in the 300 block, includes a proposal for a Harris Teeter, which has signed a letter of interest with Steuart Investment. Harris Teeter also has looked at the old Washington Coleseum site at between at 2nd & L Sts., NE.

The Steuart Investment project sits right next to the Senate Square and really would galvanize H St. as a destination. This would be the third Harris Teeter in DC with one under construction at the sold out Jenkins Row development at 1391 Pennsylvania Ave. SE on Capitol Hill and in Adams Morgan where the store is edging toward approval. The Adams Morgan and Capitol Hill stores are slated to open next year.

Also in the works is a Trader Joe's at 25th and Pennsylvania NW, which will open in June and a Safeway at 5th and K Sts. NW as part of the City Vista development in NOMA. And Yes! Organic Market is planning to open in Brookland. Off the books most likely is the Whole Foods in Columbia Heights.

The Adams Morgan Safeway on Columbia Road will expand too with the pending acquisition of the Citibank at 1749 1/2 Columbia Road NW, said a Safeway store manager. Remember when the Giant store on Columbia Road closed because DC could not support so many supermarkets. Times sure have changed.


David said...

H Street NE is HOT. It very well may be the next 14th street.

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Tom said...

I can't believe that Whole Foods pulled out of Columbia Heights... You can barely move in the P St/Logan location! There has to be demand up there. I think it's sad how bad the grocery shopping is in DC compared to other major cities.

Anonymous said...

I've heard that a Trader Joe's is going in at 14th and V Streets, NW, in the PN Hoffman Development across from Busboys and Poets. Any truth to that?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that finally something is going in on that 5th st nw and k st nw corner. That has been an empty crap hole for years with nasty transvestites walking around. Hopefully that will clean that area up at least over to NJ Avenue.