FYI – Big tractor trailer out in front of the new Streets market unloading foodstuffs into the store. Seems like they’ll beat Trader Joe’s to market?
Do you have any insight into who is behind this market? Seems like a mix between a grocer, a cafe, and prepared foods – similar to Glenn’s but by the look of it with a far more robust grocery option. I would love to know who these guys are.”
“Safeway Inc. said Wednesday it is in talks about potentially selling itself, finally addressing buyout rumors that began last year after the grocery giant deflected a takeover bid.
Buyout rumors surfaced in October with reports that private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management was involved in talks to buy some or all of Safeway. Cerberus owns a supermarket business that operates Albertsons and Shaw’s.”
Since some of us become a bit obsessed with groceries when it snows, I thought this was a good time to share this reader request:
“I would love to see ask people where they go for “cheap” groceries. With Yes!, Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods and soon Trader Joe’s, I’m curious to see what, if any, break down others have in what they buy where for the best deal.”
Back in February of last year we first learned that the former Z Mart space located at 806 H St, NE would become a Chez Hareg Organic Market. They were originally supposed to open in April but there had been very little visible progress. At some point the coming soon sign had also disappeared. I’m happy to share some photos from a reader that show the market is still coming. Updates when they open.
In early January we learned the Trader Joe’s coming to 14th and U Street would be opening the week of March 21st. I’m told that is still accurate. A new sign and a peek in the window reveals they’re getting close:
“About an hour ago, the Safeway located at Georgia Avenue and Piney Branch Road, NW has re-opened after correcting violations cited by the Department of Health.
The Department of Health has released their official report about the Safeway that can be found here.
I’m highly concerned with the observations made in this report. My priority is to ensure that only quality produce and groceries are available to the residents and families in our neighborhoods. I will be meeting with Safeway officials to demand and guarantee that they meet the standards that our community deserves.”
From the DoH official report:
“Location is infested with vermin, mice and rats. [continue reading at your own risk] (more…)
“Earlier today, the Safeway located at Georgia Avenue and Piney Branch Road, NW was closed because of Department of Health code violations. Our communities rely on grocers such as Safeway to provide them with fresh produce and groceries. Ensuring the utmost quality and safety of any food consumed by our families should be the number one priority of any grocery in Ward 4. I have serious concerns about this closure and I’m committed to work with government officials and Safeway representatives to provide our community with a safe and healthy solution.
I will continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide updates as I receive them.”