Whole Foods Closed by Department of Health in Glover Park

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A reader reports last night:

“The Glover Park Whole Foods, 2323 Wisconsin Ave NW, has been shut down until further notice by the Department of Health. I failed to snap a picture of the red poster notification, but “imminent health hazard(s)” was noted.”

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  • WF is not the great example of alternative organic supermarkets that it once was. Over the 15 years I’ve been a customer (in various cities), I’ve seen a decline in food quality: e.g. stale bread sold at the bakery, foods prepared in-house that are beyond their sell-by date, etc. I’m tired of returning to the store with produce that went bad overnight or other products that lasted far less than once would reasonably anticipate.
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    I have to wonder when poor quality like this is visible to the customer, what is going on behind the scenes? So I’m not surprised when news like this comes out.
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    Also, to be fair, Trader Joe’s has the same issues with out-of-date or stale products sitting on its shelves. Poor training, lack of concern, hoping customers don’t notice? I’ve no idea why this has become more prevalent, but it has.

    • Every supermarket has this issue. Some places do go through and markdown soon to expire things, but even those places like Giant have missed green meat in the case. Not enough staff, poor training, and the like are probably the biggest factors.

    • They’ve always been overrated. When I lived in Atlanta, the produce was almost as weak as what you’d find a Kroger or other conventional chain. i remember going to their original store in Austin and being impressed at what a dump it was, and their DC stores are uneven in all the fresh-type departments. .they seem mostly to get large volumes from people who believe the hype or simply know how to shop.

      I’m sure some defenders will weigh-in and probably complain about Safeway or Giant, but frankly WF is no great shakes. They’re same store sales dropped last year and they are closing numbers of stores particularly in the West.

      Harris-Teeter, which also has a enthusiastic following has had a store closing for health reasons. It’s difficult to maintain health standards in food stores, OTOH, one need not be a Tiffany retailer to do it.

      • maxwell smart

        See – I actually drive past a Safeway (Chevy Chase) and a Giant (Friendship Heights) to go to Whole Foods (Friendship Heights) because the quality is significantly better. I’ve actually yet to go to a Safeway in DC and been pleased with the experience and the quality of the products, especially produce. The only Giant in Upper NW that is actually a decent store is the new one at Cathedral Commons.

        • Blithe

          I agree — but I think that the quality of the products at the Friendship Heights store has deteriorated since the store opened, while the prices have often increased, often dramatically. Many of their products continue to be good values, and I still shop there — mostly for convenience. I sometimes go to the Twinbrook Safeway for a suburban shopping experience that is far better than the upper NW options that you’ve mentioned. I am totally jonesing for a Wegmans!

    • I haven’t had this issue at WF, but completely agree on TJ. Even if the produce is not out of date it goes bad very quickly. I now only buy alcohol, frozen food or snacks at TJ.

    • I quit TJ after twice getting fish that was foul (not due to my bad cooking “abilities”) and yogurt that was all moldy when I opened it (just new, well within the expiration date). Fortunately, to date have not had any issues at WF.

  • http://dc.healthinspections.us/webadmin/dhd_431/lib/mod/inspection/paper/_paper_food_inspection_report.cfm?inspectionID=834769&wguid=1367&wgunm=sysact&wgdmn=431
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    Most recent report doesn’t look so awful. Obviously things that need to be fixed but nothing that appears egregious.

  • I saw mice while I was shopping there a couple of weeks ago. I’m sure that’s part of the problem.

  • That store is a shadow of its former self. Funny how the store was so much nicer back when they were just about the only place to find all the stuff they sell, but now that they have lots of competition, it seems like they’ve stopped trying.

  • I assume building a multifamily building in an urban location next to a grocery store scares up some mice

    • Very interesting to read that they’re now closing stores. I wonder, for how much longer will Whole Foods be considered the panacea for DC property values and development.

  • Might I suggest a visit instead to my hometown’s largest export–Wegmans. While I doubt we’ll ever see a city store, the trip out to Alexandria isn’t so bad.

  • On the matter of “organic” food and Whole Foods’ recent profit deficiencies, “organic” has always been a fraudulent marketing concept. There is no discernible difference between “organic” and “regular” food in both taste or appearance.

    The fact is, “organic” food takes more acreage and resources to grow, harvest, ship, and maintain. So, spend more money, space, and resources, to feed fewer people at much higher cost – with no actual benefit to the consumer. Makes no sense. “Organic” food advocates and anti-vaxxers are cut from exactly the same cloth.

    Plus, now that every grocery store claims to sell “organic” food you know for sure somebody’s lying – and there’s no way to tell for sure. Maybe consumers are catching on.

    • Blithe

      When I purchase organic produce, I’m not purchasing it for either taste or appearance, or for some vague sense that it’s healthier. I’m purchasing it in the hope that it has fewer, or at least less unhealthy pesticides. FWIW, I was as vaccinated as it was possible for me to be at the time, and I Did get a flu shot — cause I’m community minded like that.

  • I was at that location last night at 7pm. I suppose they were allowed to re-open?

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