IMG_3495
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:

IMG_0314

Giant-PoPville

“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.”

whole foods
Photo by Stephanie Unkel‎

Update: Full press release from Whole Foods:

“Whole Foods Market will open its newest Washington location on Wednesday, March 15, at 600 H St. NE. The store, designed to be the go-to destination for grocery shoppers east of the Capitol, will offer the highest quality natural and organic products, including fresh produce, meat, seafood and prepared foods.

“We’re thrilled to join the thriving H Street neighborhood,” said Donovan Morris, the store’s team leader and a 26-year Whole Foods Market veteran who most recently led the Foggy Bottom/GW store. “We’re offering a unique, exciting grocery shopping experience and a new destination for fast casual dining with gathering places for the community.”

Every item sold in the store meets Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

The 40,000-square-foot store includes:

· The first expanded Paper Horse venue by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, introducing a larger Chinese diner-style menu, featuring Asian comfort foods

· Collaborations with Atlas Brew Works, including a first-to-market “Home Rule” brew and baked-from-scratch breads made from recycled brewer’s grain

· Exclusive local products, including sauces and spice blends from Maketto, Cava restaurant sauces and D.C.-based Snacklins’ vegan “pork rinds”

· Extensive hot and cold prepared foods bars, using local, natural and organic ingredients and offering seasonal dishes, ethnic cuisine and comfort food

· An intimate mezzanine pub with 16 local beers on tap, wine by the glass and a gourmet hot dog cart

· H Street’s only outdoor patio (more…)

whole-foods-protest
1440 P Street, NW by Mike Chelen

Mike writes us at 4pm: “the P st Wholefoods is being protested in support of #reinstatejulia

coworker-org
via coworker.org

From Reinstate Julia to Whole Foods!

“I ask John Mackey to reinstate me to my job at Whole Foods Market, and change Whole Foods Market’s policy so that accusations of theft of an item worth $10 or less be covered under their policy for corrective action.

My name is Julia Flores. I am a single mother of two from El Salvador. I have given fifteen years of my life to Whole Foods Market as a dishwasher. I have also fought many times for better working conditions for myself and my coworkers. However, in September I was fired. I am asking John Mackey to reinstate me to my job. “

giant-popville
3rd and H St, NE

In response to Monday’s post “Within 2 hours of each transaction, we each received fraud alerts from our banks”, Giant Food resonds:

“Protecting customer information is a top priority of Giant. We have processes and procedures to ensure that the equipment we use, including our payment terminals, are designed to be tamper-proof and comply with the requirements applicable to the security of customer data set forth by the major credit card companies. Our security team was sent to investigate the equipment at our H. Street store and found no evidence of tampering or compromise. We will continue working with our stores to ensure the safest environments for our customers. Customers who feel that their credit card information has been compromised should file a police report and notify their bank’s fraud department. Customers may also contact our Customer Care team at 888 469 4426, option 4, option 5 for any assistance.”