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Tough times continue for Murry’s – first H Street, NE and now Georgia Ave. Thanks to a reader for the tip:

“Just a heads up, Murry’s has closed on GA Ave in Park View. I won’t miss it!”

According to Urban Turf last plans were for 100 unit rental building with ground floor retail. Updates as construction progresses and more details are known.

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3400 Georgia Ave, NW

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1309 5th Street, NE

From a press release:

“Chef Erik Bruner-Yang introduces a new local grocery, Honeycomb, located at Union Market in Washington, DC. Honeycomb’s offerings include locally sourced produce, homemade sauces and ferments such as nuoc cham, hoisin, kombucha, and kimchi, plus an array of Asian goodies not limited to snacks, candies, and condiments. Look for the beautiful Honeycomb packaging and sleek wooden storefront, located in the back of the market, to the left of Harvey’s.

Open Tuesday-Sunday
9am-8pm”

Ed. Note: We previously spoke about Toki’s ramen pop up at Union Market here.

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3178 Mount Pleasant Street, NW

Thanks to all who have been sending emails and tweets – one reader writes:

“Uh oh. I went to the “Bestworld” in Mt. Pleasant the other day only to find it closed for health code violations. The sign below was posted on the door. I can’t say I’m too surprised. It’s not unusual to find rotting produce on their shelves, and their meat section smells like low tide. My wife and I have taken to calling it “Worstworld.” Any idea when they might reopen?”

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Ed. Note: I had first heard of a closure last week but when I stopped by on Sunday they had already reopened so this seems like a second closure. I’ll update when they reopen but in similar cases it’s usually for a just a few days. We judged Bestworld (formerly Bestway) back in 2010.

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11 Dupont Circle, NW

Back in July we passed on some scuttlebutt about a Mrs. Greens Natural Food Store taking over the Books A Million off Dupont Circle. Thanks to a reader for sending word of the not so good news for Mrs. Green’s from Patch Fairfax:

“Mrs. Green’s will be closing its store in Fairfax on Sept. 13, according to a company employee; the store opened in January.

It also appears as though Vienna’s long wait to replace Magruders will continue. The hoped-for Mrs. Green’s Natural Market will not be opening a store in the location, at 180 Maple Ave. W, as was planned, according to a company employee.”

In the meantime, Books A Million remains open.

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A few months ago I was admiring the old Soul Food sign on Rhode Island Ave in Woodridge. @GarberDC tweets a great photo of who’s moving in:

“Cool way to get people excited about a new local biz — @GoodFoodDC on #RIAmainstreet.”

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Photo of 2006 Rhode Island Ave, NE by @GarberDC

@GoodFoodDC twitter says:

“Neighborhood grocery: quality, fresh produce and healthy prepared foods. Coming Soon to #Ward5 #RIA! 2006 Rhode Island Ave NE”

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7th and O Street, NW

From a press release:

“Roadside Development, LLC (Roadside) is pleased to announce that the Giant Food at City Market at O won the Award for Best Overall Design for a grocery store from Progressive Grocer. The Award is part of Progressive Grocer’s annual design competition that recognizes store design, construction and store impact. Shalom Baranes Associates (SBA) was the architect for the overall project and JCA Architects was the project architect for the Giant interior. Progressive Grocer is a national publication centered on the grocery store and grocery distribution industry.

The state-of-the-art 78,000 square foot Giant Food Store, is located in the historic O Street Market at 7th and O streets, the cornerstone of this 1 million square foot development project. “It is rewarding to work with a talented team that produces such quality places,” said Richard Lake, founding Partner, Roadside Development, LLC, developer of City Market at O. “Our design team incorporated this new modern store with a National Historic Landmark building. Combining the charm of a 19th century marketplace with 21st century efficiency and innovation to create a very comfortable and compelling retail environment.” More than a quarter of the new store, including the produce section, resides under the historic O Street Market structure. (more…)