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  • This doesn’t even capture it. Whole express checkout line was closed, forcing small-run types like me into main lines. At 9:30 every line was all the way to back of the store by the meat counter.

    • I was there at the same time. Each line had about 20 people in it. I don’t believe the express check-out lines are usually open at that time, so they were likely short-staffed. Most people seemed like they had under 10 items, so it helped move the line…. a bit.

  • Nothing says bad weather in D.C. Like buying expensive produce!

  • It looks like everyone in this picture is staring at their smart phone while waiting. It is like a reverse evolutionary posture where we are all now starting to hunch over again.

  • I was just there (noon), I would say it’s normal weekend night volume (a lot), but the lines were longer because only about five of the express lanes were open.

  • This is a regular occurrence at the 14th and P location. I have walked out many times once I saw how long the lines were. Can’t wait til Trader Joes opens up the street.

  • I like yuppie chow as much as the next guy (and picked up some stinky cheese good beer at an only moderately crowded Friendship Heights WF last night), but one of the great things about living in A-M/Mt. Pleasant (and probably other places) is that our hard-working immigrant friends always — even during Snowmaggedon — keep the bodegas open and you never have to worry about running out of food or booze.

  • Are people really always *this close* to running out of food when a storm hits? I know some of this is due to people taking the unexpected day off to cook more than they might otherwise, but the panic shopping still strikes me as odd. Especially in a neighborhood where the stores and restaurants aren’t going to close anyway.

    • I was thinking pretty much the same thing. Why the same outcome every time a “storm” hits. “Fear and consumption” is real.

      • I shop at that WF a lot because it’s near my apartment and I hate the Soviet Safeway. I can’t speak for the rest of the crowd but I usually have about 2-3 days of meals in my apartment at a time because of the size of my refrigerator. Today however, I bought stuff at the Adams Morgan Safeway after during a walk because. I have the day off to cook (yay). Which is what these people might also do. Plus I wanted cookies.

        Also, I went to the WH on Monday evening which was a bad idea after the long weekend and the line wrapped around the prepared foods. Pretty much the same situation minus the snow. I really hope the Trader Joe’s on 14th is bigger than the one in Foggy Bottom because their lines are crazy too.

      • Tradition! 🙂 And once you’ve experienced a situation when you don’t have access to stores, you really don’t want to go there again if it can be avoided. I live in one of the most convenient neighborhoods on the planet, but I also lived in a less convenient neighborhood during the massive flooding brought by Hurricane Isabel, and have dealt with a major blackout and a few blizzards. So, although I usually shop almost daily for fresh food or takeout, I’ve learned the hard way to stock up for at least a few days before significant weather events. It’s also a consequence of living in places with small fridges and minimal storage space. Not everyone has a pantry. And not everyone who has a pantry uses it for food.

        • I get the small kitchen thing, I have a tiny fridge and one and a half cabinets in my apartment. But even so I’m never *that* close to starving. And I get the laying in supplies thing, I grew up in rural New England where you really might not be able to get to a store for several days. It just strikes me as weird in Logan Circle.

          • It IS weird, but some of it is also possibly a consequence of the kind of foods you buy. My Mom, for example, always had flour, baking stuff, beans, onions, and some kind of meat in the freezer. So, if pressed, she could always come up with meals for a few days using staples. In contrast, I have none of those things, and tend to have more perishable food in my fridge and even in my freezer. So a crisis means an omelet and slimy lettuce if I”m lucky — rather than chili or a pot of soup. We eat differently, shop differently, and store things differently. But really, I’m giving the most weight to Tradition.

        • +1 on the small fridge/minimal storage space, AND definitely notable in urban dwelling: “not everyone with a pantry uses it for food.” My ‘pantries’ have always held everything BUT grocery items!!!

  • I laugh at this. Try Safeway out Hechinger Mall at just about any time of the day, any day.

    • Ha! Yup. I live a few blocks away and avoid it at all times. I’ve actually walked the mile to the Safeway at 14th and D SE to avoid that safeway

  • justinbc

    Try going to this store on virtually ANY Sunday night for the same effect, and that’s with the express lanes open. One time it was wrapped all the way to the end of the store, around the cupcakes, and then back up past the deli towards the cheese / wine department.

  • many more people are home from work today than usual. they therefore have extra time to do the shopping. this shopping happens at a time when they dont typically go shopping. wholefoods scheduled worker shifts in advance of the storm without anticipating the abnormal boost in shopper volume. it is staffed for a tuesday afternoon, but is experiencing sunday evening customer volume. im not a republican by the way

  • Just think – soon we’ll get to wait in similar lines at the Trader Joes at 14th and U!

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