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350 Florida Ave, NE

Gargantuan Grocery Store Week concludes with another crowd favorite – Trader Joe’s!! (We’ve hit the grocery store trifecta this week – Whole Foods, Wegmans and Trader Joe’s, whoever had that ticket can pick up their winnings at Solly’s at 3pm today.) This is the Trader Joe’s we first learned about back in November. The liquor license placard lists hours as 8 am – 10 pm – STAY TUNED!

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800 New Jersey Avenue, SE

As H Street was getting closer to opening, every time I posted I’d get emails asking about Navy Yard’s status. Unfortunately PR was unable to give an opening date so I stopped by last weekend to take a peek. Still a few months to go for sure:

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“Early 2017” may have been a bit ambitious when they announced in 2013 but a ton of progress has been made in the last year:

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Stay tuned.

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3900 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Washington Business Journal with the massive potential news:

“Roadside Development is in talks with the popular grocer [Wegmans] to anchor its planned redevelopment of Fannie Mae’s longtime home once it relocates for a new headquarters at Carr Properties’ Midtown Center, according to sources familiar with the situation.”

WBJ also quotes Roadside Development Principal Richard Lake as saying: “We would be very pleased if they became one of our tenants, but I cannot confirm that we have a deal because we just don’t. We’re in conversations with a number of folks.”

Ed. Note: So you’re saying I’ve got a chance?!?!? Good enough for me. Dear God please make this happen.

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Former Holiday Inn at 35th and Wisconsin Ave, NW

Never a dull moment on the grocery store beat in Glover Park!! The potential Trader Joe’s at the former Holiday Inn as been confirmed(ish) – from the Glover Park listserv:

“I just heard that the deal is confirmed for Trader Joe’s to locate in the new development at the site of the old Holiday Inn. I’m not sure exactly about the timing but it’s likely sometime in late 2018 or early 2019, given that the ground isn’t even broken yet.”

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2323 Wisconsin Ave, NW

As for the Whole Foods closure, Whole Foods announced on the listserv:

“We announced today that we will be remodeling the Georgetown store to offer our customers a fresh, new shopping experience. Our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations on every shopping trip, and making these investments in the store will help us to do that. We apologize for the inconvenience and welcome our customers to continue to shop with us at our nearby stores, including our brand new H Street location.”

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Photo by Jamie Fuller

Jamie writes:

“what is happening at Glover park whole foods!? Are we getting a beer mecca like H st??”

About a month ago the Glover Park Whole Foods briefly closed after being cited for food safety violations by the Department of Health. Other readers have reported the store has been closed since Monday. And as of this morning, Jamie updates us “still closed”

I’ve emailed Whole Foods for an update. Stay tuned.

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2323 Wisconsin Ave, NW

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1221 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Streets Market and Cafe’s website says:

“Streets Market & Cafe is your local grocery store that carries a wide selection of organic, natural and your everyday practical goods all under one roof. Our store is filled with fresh produce, groceries, meat, seafood, baked goods, coffee, tea, nutritional supplements, vitamins, pet products, flowers, household products, and more. Complementing our market is a chef driven, gourmet menu of grab & go prepared dishes, made fresh in our kitchen daily. Our store caters to residents in urban areas who are looking for convenience, a variety of products, grab & go prepared meals, and of course competitive prices coupled with top-notch customer service.
What Streets Market & Cafe provides: (more…)

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600 H Street, NE

From Whole Foods:

“Whole Foods Market will open its sixth location in the District of Columbia – and first store in Northeast – at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15. The community is invited to join store team members and company leaders at 8:45 a.m. for Whole Foods Market’s traditional bread-breaking ceremony. Opening day shoppers will be greeted with door-buster deals and an array of in-store product demonstrations and samples.

“I’m excited to introduce the Whole Foods Market difference to our neighbors who live east of the Capitol,” said store team leader Donovan Morris, referring to the Quality Standards which are applied to every product sold or prepared by Whole Foods Market. “When people understand that every single item on our shelves and sold in our restaurants is free of artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners, colors and hydrogenated fats, they can trust that every product is made with only the best ingredients.”

The H Street location will offer: (more…)

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last month at 25th and L St, NW

Update: “it was open and operating as usual around 3pm”

C’mon Trader Joe’s get your shit together. All joking aside, please still come to Glover Park.

Emily reports around 2:15pm:

“Trader Joe’s at 25th & L NW is closed because their business license expired today and they’re waiting for the new one to come in. A very apologetic employee was standing out front telling people. Seems avoidable. Sounded like they were hoping it would come in today; the employee I spoke with said it was temporary.”

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Former Holiday Inn at 35th and Wisconsin Ave, NW

Thanks to all who emailed the Washington Business Journal story “Trader Joe’s in talks to open in north Georgetown”.

Some commenters have been talking about this in the rant/revel and other posts so here’s a proper post for it. As to the North Georgetown/Glover Park name dispute? Why are you doing this to me God? Why?!?!? OK, sorry about that. Let’s officially start the clock for this Trader Joe’s watch.

Now keep in mind – the clock is still running for the Eastern Market and Union Market(ish) Trader Joe’s.

By the by – here’s how the Eastern Market (old Hine School) location is looking:

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“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday, I received a notice from Chase that my credit card had been used for some potentially fraudulent transactions; 2 were at Giant supermarket, one at MAC cosmetics, and one was for some online service; Chase had flagged the first three and then cancelled the last one at my say so.  I’ve only used the card 3 times in the last 2 weeks and one of those times was this past Sunday at the Giant on 3rd and H- similar to this story you published a few weeks back.  For the record I used cashier checkout and the card had a chip but I don’t think I put the PIN in.  The purchases were attempted at a Giant in Silver Spring (store #0354), not the 3rd and H location.

I contacted store customer service for 3rd and H and they said they weren’t aware of any issues- not even the ones from a few weeks ago:/  It could be that my card was compromised at one of the other 2 or 3 places that I used it recently, but based on the experiences of others I think something’s going on here.”