What’s the Story with Ledroit Market?

1901 4th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Does anyone know the story behind Ledroit Market? I’ve lived in Bloomingdale for 3 years and it seems to follow the pattern of being open for a few months, closing down, going up for sale for 6-7 months, then re-opening and looking exactly the same.”

Another reader shares a bit more enthusiasm:

“LeDroit market is now open!!!

Awesome normal hours 7am-10pm.
Serving breakfast and lunch
Your good’ol neighborhood convenient store!




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  • It is just a standard market. 5 years ago it was a standard market with minimal selection. 2.5 years ago it was more of a specialty market that was overly expensive and rarely open except for odd hours.

  • I’m not sure I’ve seen that pattern; I recall that it used to exist, then a year or two ago it closed and the building went for sale; the building sold and now it’s re-open (not sure if it’s the same tenants or someone new who kept the old name, though).
    It’s a cute little spot, I’ve been a couple times and each time they’ve had more stuff so it’s good to see them filling up. I’d love to see even more grocery staples, like Windows maybe, but from the foot traffic I’ve observed it’s mostly Howard students so they may end up catering to a lot more of the convenience/junk foods that college students eat (or at least what I ate when I was in college…)

  • Interesting. Definitely looks more basic (not basic-basic, just basic) than the last time I was in there about a year ago, when it was mostly gourmet specialty foods and was rarely open.

  • Looks like its more of a normal corner store now. The last one had a lot of high-end stuff a la P&C Market on Capitol Hill. It had a nice wine selection, although there weren’t many bottles under $20! It definitely didn’t have Cheetos, Lays & Combos before…

    • It’s not high-high end, but from this photo you can’t see the back wall with is lined with shelves with groceries and other odds and ends (things like rice, cereal, canned beans, pet food, mousetraps) or the refrigerated sections which have a pretty decent produce selection as well as milk, eggs, and cheese.
      And they have a wine and beer section also but they don’t have their liquor license yet so it’s empty right now.

  • I live a few doors down and It has changed over time. The previous proprietor, Ella, owned the building and ran the market. It was more a of specialty market that had some high end goods but not too many day-to-day items.

    She sold the building about a year ago and now there are new owners of the market. The new Ledroit Market is a nice bodega. They a ton of pantry items, a small fresh produce selection and make coffee + breakfast/lunch/dinner sandwiches. I was there the day after it opened and they also told me that beer and wine is on the way pending an approved license.

    It’s been a welcome addition. It’s allowed me to trade a trip to Giant for a short walk up the block. Staff was very friendly and I’m very satisfied with their service.

    • emvee

      This is so great to hear. I live just up the road and am excited for somewhere to get those staples you need last-minute (eggs, milk, an onion).

    • I’m so happy to hear this. It’s an attractive building and sounds like it will be a more pleasant experience than going to the Flagler Market (though my husband says he finds the bulletproof glass “charming.”) No hard feelings towards Flagler. They are well-stocked and so kind, but it will be nice to grab a quick breakfast or lunch and some coffee!

      • ledroittiger

        Looked like there was a bullet hole in the front window of the new market when I walked by there yesterday. Anyone else notice?

  • Was just up in NYC for the weekend, marveling at how they just nail the bodega concept in a way that DC hasn’t (no, I’m not a DC hater, so slow your roll). Corner stores, bodegas, and small grocers in NYC use every inch of their floor space, with shelves that go floor to ceiling. They offer a full array of foods and home stuff, and don’t just focus on beer/cigs/lotto/candy/snacks like the vast, vast majority in DC.
    I think someone can open a killer small chain of small groceries, which include a 50/50 mix of upscale and basic offerings, and they would do smashing business.

    • I totally agree. Granted, DC doesn’t have the population density of New York, but it still surprises me that the local Korean immigrants haven’t tried to replicate more of the New York corner store feel in some of the more densely settled neighborhoods like Col Heights, U Street, Logan. I was in the Streets market on 14th the other day and the smell of fresh flowers that hits you when you walk in the door sort of reminded me of NYC.

      • Yeah. There is ample room to improve on the existing stores with their existing footprints. At 14th and Fairmont, at the end of my block, is a perfect example. They put in a corner store, and I was stoked it might be of some use – instead it’s a wasteland of nada, and they are at about 50% capacity of what they could offer in terms of shelf-space. They cater only to the lowest-income residents (nothing wrong with that) and are missing a huge opportunity to increase inventory and those they serve.

  • When I moved to Bloomingdale in 2002, the market was being renovated by a new owner (Simon, I think was his name). It (along with Windows) were really the first glimmers of decent retail in an otherwise dismal landscape, in that Simon took down the plexiglass and started offering sandwiches and coffee. Unfortunately I know he was held up a gunpoint several times during the mid-00’s. I’m not sure what happened to it after that.

  • I think this place has always suffered from the lack of population density. No, there isn’t a major grocer closer than the Giant at O Street Market, but usually the bodegas nearby (Flagler or Cookies Markets) aren’t stocked reliably enough to venture out on a 5 block walk for a last minute staple when it’s more certain to hop in your car and head to O Street and find what you need.

    I think a market like this will do well, primarily, if they become known for their ready to eat food (breakfast/lunch). Think Dupont Deli, Fast Gourmet, Sundevich, etc where the offerings are so good people have made them a destination spot rather than a last minute afterthought.

  • Good lord @ the spelling on that sign. This market is a neighborhood staple. It has been there since I can remember. It used to be Hooper’s Store, then once Mr. Hooper retired, he sold it to some out of town yuppie that can’t spell the items they sell.

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