14th and Belmont St, NW
Thanks to a reader for sending:
1916 14th Street, NW
From the LA Times:
“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.”
806 H Street, NE
Last week we noted movement returned to the new organic market coming to H Street, NE. What a transformation:
I’m digging the carrot sign too:
Farewell to the crazy Z-Mart Sign and red handprints:
Photo by PoPville flickr user random lady
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.”
806 H Street, NE
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.
1914 14th Street, NW
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:
Update on Brightwood’s Safeway from Council Member Muriel Bowser:
“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…)
2400 14th Street, NW (between Belmont and Chapin)
Thanks to a reader for sending word about the paint job at the Streets Market & Cafe natural market coming to the Capitol View building.
From Council Member Muriel Bowser:
“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.”
Back in July we learned that MRP Realty and Ellis Development win development of 965 Florida Ave, NW – Griffith Market Beats Harris Teeter. Things have changed a bit since July – From a press release by Julie Chase, a spokesperson for MRP Residential:
“MRP Residential and The JBG Companies today announced they have signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture to develop MRP’s recently awarded Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development (DMPED) site, 965 Florida Ave. NW, located in the District’s Shaw neighborhood.
MRP Residential and partner Ellis Development Group, will develop the property to mixed-use of approximately 370,000 square feet, including 50,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
The partnership furthers the DMPED office goals of creating a synchronized, mixed-use development that stitches together multiple parcels in an area that could see over 1 million square feet of new development. JBG and MRP will work together to optimize the development and believe significant value will be created for the community through this cooperative process. JBG, in addition to its development team collaborating with MRP, will provide development capital for the project.
“In the joint venture with The JBG Companies, MRP Residential will provide more high-quality amenities and services, further enhancing the Shaw neighborhood,” said Matt Robinson, principal of MRP Residential. “Additionally, with Metro access and proximity to Howard University, this will be a highly desired address for residents of this dynamic neighborhood.”
“The JBG-MRP co-development team plan to work with District officials and members of the community and plan to provide a W Street connection and bring a full-service grocery to the neighborhood,” said James Iker, a managing partner with JBG. “Our partnership has crafted a venture that will deliver these critical neighborhood needs and meet established city goals to transform the area. We are excited to be working again with MRP.”
As part of the planning process, the joint venture partners are continuing to work diligently together to address community requests from the RFP process.”
I asked if the “full-service grocery” would be a Harris Teeter and was told:
“We have not signed any leases, but a grocery of that quality and scale is what we are targeting.”