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Big Bloomingdale news from the Bloomingdale blog – Harris Teeter Signs Letter of Intent at McMillan – thanks to a reader for passing on:

“Our listserv had some news about McMillan today. It’s nonbinding, and who knows how long it will end up being before anything really happens at McMillan, but an exciting development nonetheless.”

Formal announcement expected summer/fall of 2016 – stay tuned!

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A reader reports:

“I’m not sure what was going on exactly, but there was some sort of protest at the P street Whole Foods around 1:30pm. All of a sudden people just started chanting near a hummus display in front of the cookies. The police probably arrived in less than 2 minutes and told the protest leader they had to get out of the store, then they marched out single file, yelling their chant, and stood outside. The whole foods staff was pretty great about the incident — the check out lines kept moving….”

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Nothing is official until the doors actually open – this I think I am finally learning. Back in May we finally thought the Whole Foods coming to Shaw was officially official. Alas – the Washington Business Journal now reports:

“The North Shaw neighborhood could lose its Whole Foods Market before it even gets it if the D.C. Council doesn’t act to approve the development.

The sale price could be why Council Chairman Phil Mendelson hasn’t brought the issue up for a vote. During a hearing in early June, Mendelson and Councilwoman Mary Cheh expressed concerns with the proposed sale price of $1.4 million, citing a D.C. government appraisal of the property at $27 million.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Picture it: the Fourth the July 2015. I woke up, shuffled what’s-his-name out of my room so I could plan brunch with my loved ones, and got excited to celebrate America the way Jesus intended: with mimosas.

We popped on over to our local Safeway, the one by the Georgia Ave metro. We gathered supplies and merrily sauntered back to our apartment to put on some Dolly Parton and make a scrumptious brunch. For America.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a bottle of delicious orange juice with a broken seal. Some hooligan had opened the OJ, removed the protective safety seal, and did God-knows-what with it before putting it back on the shelf.

And this isn’t the first time it has happened! I bought tainted crunchy peanut butter once too. I don’t know why people are tampering with the food at Safeway, but shoppers should be extra careful to make sure the products they’re buying haven’t been opened by some roving pack of miscreants.

This used to be such a great country. I don’t know what happened.

Happy 4th! 🇺🇸👏🏼🇺🇸👏🏼🇺🇸”

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A reader reports:

“Today at 6:30 walking into Harris Teeter on Potomac Ave & Pennsylvania SE, a few cops run by & grab this woman wearing a red mask who was being held by (I believe) the security guard. She put up a fight. Sounds like (from other patrons) she had been running around the store, I don’t know if she was causing damage or stealing or anything.

Right now (7:00) there are 10 cop cars & an ambulance on Pennsylvania at the bus stop half a block away from Harris Teeter. Not sure what’s happening or if these are even related incidents. Guess things go a little crazy when it’s hot outside.”

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Scuttlebutt confirmed! Back in January 2014 we learned that Glen’s Garden Market plans to open a second spot in Takoma had fallen through. The scuttlebutt at the time was “they have a new partnership with a developer in Shaw.” Yesterday the City Paper reported a lease being finalized in the new Shay building at 8th and U St, NW:

“The new market will be a smaller version of the Dupont original with 2,100-square feet of retail space versus 5,300. The Shaw location won’t have room for a pizza oven or a smoker, but other than that, it will offer the same things, just in tighter confines.”

Standby for a November opening according to the report.