YES! Organic Market Opens in Ward 8

Thanks to a reader for sending in the photo. Ed. Note: I fully reserve the right to make this photo of Mayor Fenty and CM Marion Barry the caption contest pick for next week… The reader writes:

“Heres a pic I snapped at the grand opening of the YES Organic Market on Pennsylvania Ave in SE (Ward 8). Here is a tender moment of Fenty & Marion Barry who Fenty introduced as “Mayor for life”. They went on to say it was a 26 million dollar project of mixed use retail with parking and affordable housing (above) to promote access to healthy food. Politics in an election year make for interesting moments.

Its exciting to have new development nearby, I’m in Ward 7 in Hillcrest. They said they plan to do more of these, but we just wonder how well it will work?”

From a press release:

The first organic grocery store to open East of the Anacostia River, Yes! Organic Market is committed to making fresh produce and healthy food affordable to the diverse demographic of families in the surrounding neighborhoods. The store is accepting supplemental nutrition assistance benefits (SNAP) and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program vouchers.

The Yes! Organic Market is nestled in a new building with 118 rental units of affordable housing that opened in June. The units are slated for residents who earn 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) or less. The building, also known as the Grays on Pennsylvania, is owned by Chapman Development, headed by Timothy Chapman. Mr. Chapman and Yes! Organic Market owner Gary Cha have entered into an agreement to pursue five additional projects to develop multi-use buildings with affordable multi-family housing and a Yes! Organic Market in underserved areas within the District.

The DMPED awarded Yes! Organic Market with a $900,000 Great Streets grant. The project also received support from the District’s Supermarket Tax Credit program. The store created a total of 30 jobs; 25 of which are filled by District residents. All but one of the residents reside in either ward 7 or 8; the remaining resident lives in ward 5.

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  • I guess Mayor Fenty had nothing to do with this either huh?

    Looks like Crack Head Barry thanking him…

    I guess Results do matter.


  • It kind of looks like they’re dancing together.

  • So I’m kind of curious about Yes! business model.

    How much government support does each of these get?

    I think it’s lovely to have organic supermarkets everywhere, but something is fishy about this company.

    • I am curious how they can open all these stores, but I always feel like I’m the only one in the store.

      The Adams Morgan one is pretty busy, though.

  • I have a Yes! by my house and it is very expensive – and understandably so seeing that everything is organic.

  • I agree re: prices are relatively high for most items if you are on a tight budget for groceries. And there were moths in the bulk rice at the one on Georgia last week.

  • Yes! is not my favorite (the one on Columbia Road in Adams Morgan is tiny and overpriced), but in a pinch, I will shop there.

  • I make more than enough to shop there. I never go there as it is too expensive. I can not imagine people from Ward 7/8 will be enough to keep this place afloat.

    These things are good in theory. But organic is not for the woman on welfare struggling to stay afloat. A mainstream grocery and jobs are needed most. Ironically, this will likely lead to more gentrification. Just the opposite of what these people want.

  • As far as I know the only two (out of seven) that have received any “help” are this one and the one on Gerogia Ave, and the only “help” they received was a break on rent.

  • As far as I’ve been able to tell, the Yes! in Cleveland Park is pretty price comparable to other small grocery stores. They’re never gonna trade on volume like a Safeway/Harris Teeter/Giant, but the markup isn’t something that’s going to break your budget unless you’re a vegan and rely on it for all your shopping instead of as an adjunct to regular shopping.

    Also, I have to wonder whether, politically, this will help Fenty. Affordable housing units aside, I could see this being perceived in the community as a harbinger of the gentrification of Anacostia, which plays right into some of Gray’s main campaign themes.

  • I will shop at this Yes. The one on the Hill is terrible – small and cramped and dumpy. They’re looking to move, possibly into the new Hine development, but that’s years off. This is just a hop, skip and a jump across the river – way closer than any of the other Yes markets in the city.

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    Fenty didnt, he was the ribbon cutter. Being EOR he at least didnt try his usual take credit for the good things (usual in planning well before he was in office) and blame bad things on folks who work for him. Gray was naturally MIA & much to your dismay Barry did help with the development more than any other politician. Typical though, Barry couldn’t help himself though by pandering with his rhetoric to folks saying “Get out to vote, I know who Im voting for and we know who the mayor is voting for” & Fenty couldnt reign in his relentless cheezy “big thumbs up” (its like a nervous tick or something).

    Elections/politics end up being all about personality and the stereotypes (good or bad) that are played in to and played off of. BS goes down better with sugar, especially when its organic….results do matter but who is really behind what is hard to truly know….

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