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11 Dupont Circle, NW

Back in July we passed on some scuttlebutt about a Mrs. Greens Natural Food Store taking over the Books A Million off Dupont Circle. Thanks to a reader for sending word of the not so good news for Mrs. Green’s from Patch Fairfax:

“Mrs. Green’s will be closing its store in Fairfax on Sept. 13, according to a company employee; the store opened in January.

It also appears as though Vienna’s long wait to replace Magruders will continue. The hoped-for Mrs. Green’s Natural Market will not be opening a store in the location, at 180 Maple Ave. W, as was planned, according to a company employee.”

In the meantime, Books A Million remains open.

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A few months ago I was admiring the old Soul Food sign on Rhode Island Ave in Woodridge. @GarberDC tweets a great photo of who’s moving in:

“Cool way to get people excited about a new local biz — @GoodFoodDC on #RIAmainstreet.”

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Photo of 2006 Rhode Island Ave, NE by @GarberDC

@GoodFoodDC twitter says:

“Neighborhood grocery: quality, fresh produce and healthy prepared foods. Coming Soon to #Ward5 #RIA! 2006 Rhode Island Ave NE”

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7th and O Street, NW

From a press release:

“Roadside Development, LLC (Roadside) is pleased to announce that the Giant Food at City Market at O won the Award for Best Overall Design for a grocery store from Progressive Grocer. The Award is part of Progressive Grocer’s annual design competition that recognizes store design, construction and store impact. Shalom Baranes Associates (SBA) was the architect for the overall project and JCA Architects was the project architect for the Giant interior. Progressive Grocer is a national publication centered on the grocery store and grocery distribution industry.

The state-of-the-art 78,000 square foot Giant Food Store, is located in the historic O Street Market at 7th and O streets, the cornerstone of this 1 million square foot development project. “It is rewarding to work with a talented team that produces such quality places,” said Richard Lake, founding Partner, Roadside Development, LLC, developer of City Market at O. “Our design team incorporated this new modern store with a National Historic Landmark building. Combining the charm of a 19th century marketplace with 21st century efficiency and innovation to create a very comfortable and compelling retail environment.” More than a quarter of the new store, including the produce section, resides under the historic O Street Market structure. (more…)

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1212 4th Street, SE

@GarberDC tweets the good news yesterday:

“It’s like there’s a grocery store coming to the neighborhood or something. Sched. opening 10/1.”

Hours on a liquor license placard posted out front (for beer and wine sales) says hours will be Sunday through Saturday *6 am – 12 am (with beer and wine sales starting at 7am.)

This is the Twelve12 building also soon to be home to Takorean and Vida Fitness:

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1231 11th Street, NW

Back in 2011 we noted the 35th anniversary of Capitol Supermarket. Their website says:

Originally a Safeway store in the 60′s and early 70′s, the store became Capitol Supermarket in April 1976. We are a hard working Korean-American family with 3 decades of experience in the grocery business. We started by selling mainly mainstream everyday items at a low price, but as time passed our grocery store changed with the times. Because our nation and our city is such a melting pot, we began selling international foods including a full line of Latino, Asian, and African products. In 2006, we added a full line of fresh seafood including fresh whole fish, fresh clams and mussels and live blue crabs in the summer. In 2008, we updated our beer and wine department to add more fine and imported wines and a wider selection of micro-brew and craft beers. Also in 2008 we upgraded our produce case to hold a wider selection of fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy eating. More recently we began selling more all natural and organic food items and for those on the go, we partnered with the Culinary Circle brand and added a full line of gourmet ready-to-heat and eat entrees.

We are not finished upgrading!

We are planning even more exciting changes in the upcoming years including adding more hard to find products to our store. Although our store has changed over time, we have not forgotten our original vision of providing savings to our loyal customers. So please keep checking in and see what’s new at Capitol Supermarket!

So what do you think of the facelift?

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Prior to renovation:

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New sign:

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I’ll admit I preferred the old sign:

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Photo via Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative

For those not this successful, thanks to a reader for passing on the opportunity from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative:

“Now we’ve run into a situation where our farmers have LOTS and LOTS of Certified Organic Red Roma Tomatoes, and we need your help to find them all good homes! Starting now, we are offering bulk orders of these lovely reds in 25lb. case quantities for only $27, so put your order in today!

Orders can be placed now through the end of Thursday, July 31st.

Whether you are a current CSA shareholder, a former CSA shareholder, or a friend of the Coop, you will all have the opportunity to choose from many of our current Spring Summer CSA pickup locations for where you would like to have your order delivered. Please take special note to the address of your pickup location as you place your order, for it will not be included in your confirmation email.

Your tomatoes will arrive in brown tomato boxes with your confirmation receipt taped to the top and a label on the side of the box with your name. Please look carefully for your appropriate order, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions while picking up your order.

All deliveries will be sent out the week of August 4th, which is Week 12 of the CSA. Similarly to our last bulk orders, these deliveries will following our normal CSA delivery schedule. You must pick up at the location you choose, and it must happen between the provided pickup window at each unique location. Sorry, Folks, no exceptions here.

Order Your Bulk Romas Here!