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  • I’m curious how prices compare – what do people think of this place?

  • Sucks to open a few blocks from Trader Joes on the same weekend. Godspeed, Streets Market.

    • brookland_rez

      That’s what I was thinking. That’s one of the District’s highest density areas, so I think there will be adequate demand for two grocery stores that close.

      • Try four or five – besides TJs, you’ve got Teeter not to far away, YES! Organic a block and a half down, the DC Super Market on U Street, … and, I suppose you could count Smuckers Farms, too.

        • brookland_rez

          True. I don’t frequent the grocery stores in that area. Are they all real crowded (TJ exception since it just opened)? Is there enough demand for all those grocery stores?

          • LOL TJ’s as exception. The line in TJ’s saturday afternoon stretched through the entire store. Up and down every aisle…

        • wandafish

          The DC Supermarket should never count as a grocery store. Unless you like buying expired salad dressings and meat that smells like it was washed with dish soap.

          I hope the new TJ’s shuts that place down for good.

  • Yeah, too bad they couldn’t have opended a few month earlier to at least develop a loyal customer base.

  • I think I might go just because they have a deli counter. It’s the major thing most of the small markets–and Trader Joes–are missing!

    • Good to know. I’m a loyal TJs customer, but I will definitely pop in here if they have a good deli counter. If they also have a robust selection of fresh seafood that will also really help them.

  • From the looks of it, this is more traditional or at least Whole Foods-esque, grocery store than TJ’s. Might be a good option for the kinds of things TJs doesn’t carry, produce especially. Most people don’t get all their groceries there anyways, so instead of schlepping to HT or Giant, they can head here straight from Trader Joe’s.

  • it was a little pricey except for loss leader of bananas for .29lb

  • Anyone know if they have parking?

    (I went to the new TJ’s yesterday, and their parking lot is one of the worst I’ve seen. I would expect at least a few accidents inside – not only is the entrance/exit too narrow for 2 cars, they’ve constructed a wall between the levels that completely impairs a driver’s view of oncoming cars. NEVER doing that again.)

    • Agreed. I was on my way back from an airport dropoff and decided to park in the lot. Whoops. Hard to imagine they actually built it the way they did. So small and narrow. No room to back out of spots without forcing other cars to move, except they have nowhere to go.
      I can’t imagine being a Louis resident and having to navigate through that perpetually packed lot every time you wanted to use your car. I sat for at least 5 minutes going nowhere while other cars shuffled around.
      Lastly, it seems that a car backed into the glass wall in front of the residents elevator bank, shattering the glass door…

    • Parking spots for it are behind Capital View.

  • My husband went inside yesterday while I waited outside with the dog. He was happy with it. It’s a wider variety of items than Yes and doesn’t focus on being organic, though they have those options. He was most excited about the forthcoming wine/beer section (since it will be better than our next-closest liquor store option); the deli counter (also has some premade items like fried chicken, etc.), and the very nice ladies who checked him out. He described the prices as cheaper than Yes, but more than giant, HT, TJs, etc. So for our little area between TJs, Giant, HT, Whole Foods, etc…. we are happy to have it on 14th!

  • I’m hoping for some real deliciousness and value in the meat, seafood, and produce categories.

  • As a neighbor one block away I am so excited for this! Wine and beer right here would be an excellent option as well! I really hope it lasts and does not get eaten by competition.

  • I had to do a shopping run in the neighborhood yesterday, and hit up the local quad-fecta of TJ’s, Yes, Smuckers and Streets.
    Streets was open, but it was definitely a “soft” launch. By their own admission, they were still working the kinks out. None of the products had prices on them yet, and most of the shelf labels were missing, too. The beer/wine section is empty, and several other sections still pretty bare.
    Early impression is that it will have a better and cheaper selection for fruits/veggies than Yes. The deli section is a plus for some, but as of yet, they don’t really seem to have good fresh breads, which is a big miss, IMHO. Meats and seafoods are not a full butcher/seafood section, which is a shame, because this is still a void in the neighborhood (Teeter notwithstanding).
    So here’s the roundup:
    – TJ’s on off-hours for dry goods, prepared foods
    – Streets for peak hours, and for produce, veggies, household items
    – Yes for bulk dry goods, specialty organic
    – Smuckers for fresh bread (still not great), high-end snacks and treats

  • I passed by the store early Sunday evening, went inside, and had a quick look. Initial impressions:

    1. The best part of the store appears to be the produce department. The produce looked pretty good, there was a reasonable selection, and prices seemed attractive.

    2. Grocery selection was a mishmash. It appears to be a cross between what is in a Yes store and what is in an IGA store such as the one on the 1500 block of U Street. Boutique/health food brands are juxtaposed with such supermarket standards as Kraft salad dressing and Duncan Hines cake mix. The number of items is comparable to what used to be offered in the Safeway Town House stores. Prices were not in the stratosphere (as compared to places like Smucker Farms or Glen’s Garden Market) but were not competitive on grocery items with chain supermarkets. Cereal was far more expensive than it at Giant, or even Whole Foods.

    3. The store isn’t doing any discernible promotion — it was not clear to me the place was even open as I was walking south along 14th Street and it was pretty much empty when I stopped by. Contrast that to Trader Joe’s several blocks south: on Friday evening the checkout line snaked the width of the store and then some; and on Saturday morning, I was one of at least 30 people who stepped in the door at the 9 am opening time.

  • Meat prices are good – cheaper than Yes and Smuckers, which isn’t tough. Deli item I bought (Boar’s Head product) was cheaper than what I’ve paid at HT. Veggie prices okay so far. Cereal, snacks, etc are high.

  • Any word on the backstory of the company running this store? I’m interested in learning more about who they are.

  • If you like to “cook” and not just open boxes, you will be pretty happy. We cook a lot of Thai and other foreign cuisines and there is a great stock of ingredients for Thai to Japanese and more. The prices for these are not bad.

    They even had the Vegetarian version of Better than Bouillon for cheap. Snatched that up.

    Fresh spinach, not in a bag for 2 bucks.

    Herbs are 1.99 and although not the freshest I’ve ever seen, I’m sure I will be picking up many for my evening cooking.

    The expensive stuff is the “general store” kind of stuff like cereal, Listerine, and that kind of thing.

    Take a walk down every aisle and check it out!

    Oh, roaster chickens for 8.99.

  • I had a disappointing visit to Streets yesterday. I agree with the commenter who said it’s like a cross between Yes! Market and a downscale supermarket like Safeway or IGA. Strange combination of off-brand niche packaged foods an mainstream groceries. Not sure what allows them to use “cafe” in their name; as far as I can tell, there is no “eat-in” set-up and foods to go are deli sandwiches and a few bland-looking refrigerated soups/wraps/salads. I’ve also got to say the service/staff was completely amateur hour. Inexperienced cashiers and a an “I just work here” kind of attitude. HUGE contrast with TJ’s. Also, I don’t know if it is always like this, but when I was there, the speakers were BLASTING bad pop music, to the point that I found it hard to hear myself or the cashier when I checked out. It’s sad, I was looking forward to a place a couple blocks away to do my shopping. After this first impression, I’ll probably use it for a quick trip when I’m out of milk (or maybe beer?–the selection remains to be seen) or other staples, but I don’t think I’ll be shopping there on any regular basis. They’ve got their work cut out if they hope to survive the competition down the street.

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