Glen’s Garden Market No Longer Coming to Takoma, Now Coming to Shaw?

by Prince Of Petworth January 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm 36 Comments

Takoma Central located at 235 Carroll Street, NW

Last week a reader wrote in:

“Glen’s Garden Market which has a location in Dupont Circle will be joining Busboys and Poets in the new Takoma Central project.”

Now word comes from the Takoma Listserv:

“Apparently the developer didn’t think they would succeed and they [Glen’s Garden Market] finally had to pull out, now they have a new partnership with a developer in Shaw who is basically going to build them a new store.”

  • Anonymous

    Where in Shaw? Can’t think of a large-scale project with available retail space (CityCenter/Market at O notwithstanding). Maybe Progression Place above the metro?

    • ShawGuy

      The Jazz?

    • sbc

      the vacant space on the corner of 7th & P (that is supposed to be becoming a restaurant) or the former laundromat on 7th that’s supposed to be a coffee shop?

    • Anonymous

      if it’s a new building, would there ever be a chance to put it at 7th and R? there is that stupid empty lot up there… (is that Parcel 42?)

      • Anonymous

        yup, that’s it

  • anonymous

    I really can’t believe the existing Glen’s is doing well enough to support expansion.

    • Anonymous

      Any indication there existing business is in trouble? Only been there once or twice, but it was moderately busy when I was there (granted it was a Sunday afternoon).

      It seemed like a great urban market you would find in NYC. I really hope they succeed and encourage more places like that to open.

    • rgm

      I work near Glen’s and live just down the street. The bar seems to be doing well and in warmer weather there is usually a good happy hour crowd outside on the patio.

  • Anonymous

    Love Glen’s and would love to see a location come to Shaw!

  • erik

    The Parcel 42 site would be a likely spot. I’m pretty sure the approved project was apartments with 2 floors or retail/commercial space. But they’re nowhere near breaking ground on this project.

    • Anonymous

      how do you find out progress on this site? I walk by every day to go to the metro and just shake my head.

      • Anonymous

        I think you found the progress ;-)

  • The developer might have thought that Glen’s wouldn’t be able to compete with the TPSS Co-op down the street. I was looking forward to Glen’s, but ah well.

    • jumpingjack

      The Takoma location is more than a half mile from the TPSS Co-op. With the proximity to the Metro and the lack of grocery options in Takoma, any grocery-type establishment in this space will do crazy business. I hope that another one will step into Glen’s place. A Yes! or a mini-Trader Joe’s would both do very well.

      • DC_Chica

        totally agree – I used to live at Carroll & Tulip and I rarely went to the Co-op.

  • Anonymous

    Probably that huge development that’s going on between 7 and 9 on Florida.

    • Anonymous

      Duh – I’m guessing this is the answer to my question above. Not sure how that slipped my mind.

  • That Man A

    That sucks

  • Samish

    People who love Glen’s are people who like to pay 3 times more for things like milk, bread, and cheese.

    I went in there once, saw that loaves of bread were $9 and walked out.

    I will say the bar is often busy and people like to eat there for brunch when it is nice outside.

    • Anonymous

      I use Glens as a place to get a good sandwich. dont necessarily get groceries there. they have a nice beer too.

    • BrewUrbanist

      I had the same reaction the first time I walked in. But, the bar has become one of my favorite stops in DC – solid beer program and incredibly well priced for DC. Also love that I can get a growler filled 2 blocks from my apartment. Good sandwiches and pizza as well. The grocery aspect is definitely overpriced, but seems to be doing fine (I question whether these same price-points will fly in Shaw). Convenient enough though if you just need 1-2 items.

      • Anonymous

        Why do you question if the same price points will fly in Shaw? Shaw isn’t what it used to be….

        • Anonymous

          But Shaw isn’t Dupont Circle. The people who pay $9 for a loaf of bread are very rich.

          • Anonymous

            and very stoopid

          • Anonymous

            Dupont isn’t as affluent as it used to be is all I’m saying. Shaw has many Dupont transplants that cashed in their Dupont homes for larger Shaw homes.

          • Anonymous

            When those folks cashed in, who do you think purchased them? Teh poorz?

  • alpinepaq

    The prepared foods at Glenn’s are far above par for DC and are priced completely within reason for the category.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. DC really doesn’t deserve something so nice, and if DC can’t afford such quality, it’s there problem, not Glen’s.

    • rgm

      I agree too. If you want to support a local concept and prefer food that is nutritious, less processed, and locally grown you are going to pay more. If you prefer factory farms, preservatives and cheap conglomerate prices, shop at Walmart.

  • bb

    They should look into that decrepit strip mall on New Jersey Ave. It’s kinda close to Giant, but still. If they move into the development under construction at 7th and Florida, that will be two blocks away from the other “artisan market” that’s supposed to go in across from Duffy’s.

    • Anonymous

      yes, that would be great!

  • Rich

    Oh boy, more overpriced food. Just what we need. Can’t people buy this from Amazon, have it delivered and let something useful move into the ‘hood.

    • Actually no, most of the small family farms that supply produce and meat to Glen’s don’t sell their stuff on Amazon.

  • JRL

    Any word on when that Busboys and Poets is opening?

  • Truxton Thomas

    Come on down to Shaw and sell me some fancy charcuterie and overpriced produce, whydontcha?

    • I just showed the management at Glen’s your snarky comment and they’re devastated. They’re halting all plans for expansion and are this close to shutting down for good. Wow, I guess Popville comments CAN make a difference.


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