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Rendering via The Parks at Walter Reed

Just as they brought us beautiful words now the Washington Business Journal brings us painful words from a Wegmans spokesperson:

“We are doubtful that a deal will be struck.”

Updates when we learn who the new grocer will be.

Ed. Note: You can read about the plans for the Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden Group team to redevelop Walter Reed here.

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“Dear PoPville,

Has anyone noticed the crazy wine prices at the Petworth Safeway? Typically cheap bottles there are now ~$10 dollars more than Trader Joes or the local corner stores. Is this some marketing scheme to increase prices only to make the discounts seem substantial? Has anyone else seen this practice at other Safeways in DC? This is clearly a first world problem but me and my fellow winos are curious about what’s going on.”

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“Dear PoPville,

“Yes! Organic on 14th & V Streets has been mislabeling ‘certain’ produce as “organic” that is NOT organic and has been charging double the prices.

Unfortunately, I am very sad to tell you that the Yes! Organic market has been using signs to advertise some NON-organic produce as organic. Organic food has a barcode that starts with the number 9. Conventional (non-organic) food has a barcode that starts with the number 4. For example, the fruit in the store was under a sign that says “Organic Watermelon” or “Organic Grapefruit” (see pictures) but I checked the barcodes and the oranges and watermelon all started with the number “4”. I noticed this on Saturday morning and alerted the people working there. I stayed to make sure they changed the signs for the fruit I had found. I did not check all of the fruit – only the watermelon, oranges and papaya. Every orange and every watermelon was not organic. The papaya was organic.

Almost every day, I stop by and pick up “organic” grapefruit for breakfast. I’ve been paying $2.00 for what I thought was “organic” grapefruit for the past six months (when I moved to a building above the store)! I took pictures of the signs and pictures of the barcodes. I was so upset.

The manager was out of town so I gave the employee I spoke with at the store my phone number and asked that the owner call me. The owner called within an hour and was very apologetic. He said this definitely should not have happened and he would be going to the store that day to talk to all the employees. He also said he would talk to the person who purchases produce for the store to make sure they purchase organic grapefruit. I explained that I eat “organic” grapefruit from there almost every day and was very upset that I had been spending $2.00 on what I thought was “organic” grapefruit only to discover it is covered in toxic pesticides and a GMO. At first, the owner said he was “happy to reimburse me for any food I had purchased that I later confirmed wasn’t organic.” Since I can’t travel back in time, he was obviously assuming that there was no way I could prove that a grapefruit I bought in March wasn’t organic. But I flipped it around and said “Great! Just show me the purchase orders for grapefruit for the past 6 months for the store on 14th Street and, if the purchase orders are in fact for organic grapefruit, then no need to reimburse me.” (more…)

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4465 Connecticut Avenue, NW

The Soapstone Market placards say:

“Grocery store with prepared food and deli also containing an eat-in café. Beer and wine available for on and off premises consumption. Tasting Endorsement.”

and

“Restaurant-style food such as sandwiches, salads, and entrees made-to-order in a counter-service, grab–n-go style within a full-service grocery store. Beer and wine available for on premise consumption. Tasting Endorsement and Sidewalk Café seating 40 patrons. Total Occupancy Load of 100. Seating for 60 inside premises.”

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looking north to Albermarle

Stay tuned for the Italian Restaurant from the Fiola Folks.

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looking south towards the metro

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2201 I Street, NW

From Whole Foods:

“Whole Foods Market announces an exclusive partnership with Erik Bruner-Yang. The ongoing collaboration launches with Bruner-Yang’s newest venue Paper Horse at the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods Market location.

“We are constantly striving to elevate the food experience we can bring our customers,” said Julia Obici, vice president of purchasing for Whole Foods Market in the Mid-Atlantic Region. “We are very proud to partner with Erik Bruner-Yang to offer his extraordinary food made with the highest quality ingredients that meet Whole Foods Market standards.”

Paper Horse’s initial menu includes two new broth-based noodle dishes: (more…)

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1507 U Street, NW

A reader reports:

“I was by Best Super Market (located on U Street between 15th and 16th). They are going out of business next month and have their groceries 50% off and beer/wine 30% off.”

I stopped in yesterday too and was told they’ll be closing next month or when the groceries run out. Another big “end of an era” for U Street. Back in 2011 we spoke about what retail U Street was missing – what do you think could/should fill this square footage today?

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