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Books a Million to be replaced by Mrs. Greens Natural Food Store in Dupont?

by Prince Of Petworth July 24, 2014 at 11:20 am 34 Comments

11 Dupont Circle, NW

Some incredibly big scuttlebutt was reported by Elevation DC earlier this week:

“The store’s website [Mrs. Greens natural food store] had (now removed) a “Coming Soon” page for a Dupont Circle location at 11 Dupont Circle NW, the office building on the circle’s northwest corner, with a retail component (where there’s currently a Books-A-Million) on the ground floor. That building was put on the market in May, and the retail space was put on the market around the same time.”

Mrs Greens website says:

“Mrs. Green’s Natural Market is a neighborhood store, passionately committed to clean, natural foods. Dedicated to health and sustainability. Devoted to customers who care deeply about the foods they eat.”

Back in January 2012 I wondered about the long term future of this Books a Million.

Which would you rather have in this location Books a Million or Mrs. Greens?

  • Blithe

    That’s a toughie. I tend to spend my discretionary income on shoes, books, music, and organic food — with the priority depending on the circumstances, so I’d be happy with either. In that neighborhood though, I think that
    Mrs. Greens would be a better bet. I usually walk by Books a Million, pausing to miss Crown Books and thinking longingly of Olsson’s on my way to Kramerbooks which actually gets my cash. I’d love a place to pick up drinks and snacks or light groceries in that location, though, so Mrs. Greens would get my vote.

  • MMMkay

    Man, it bothers me when people use the word “natural” like it means something.

    • figby

      “Clean” food also rings a few angry bells.

  • Derek

    I do like walking around book stores (primarily used ones) but 98% of my book shopping is done on Amazon Prime (Kindle or used). It really is just so much easier.

  • Anonymous

    Considering half of the Books-A-Million space is novelty items and the books they actually sell are essentially mass market, NYT best-sellers, top 40, etc (aka Airport Bookstore) books AND Krammerbooks is just around the corner, and although smaller has a vastly superior selection of books, I don’t see this as a loss.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed–I hope those who now shop at books a million would instead head to Kramerbooks, one of the last great bookstores in the District.

  • There’s Glen’s Garden Market about a half mile away north, a Whole Foods another half mile east, and a family grocery store about a quarter mile west from this location. I don’t doubt this would do good business, but I’m not sure they will be able to offer a different (cheaper) price point than these other close-by locations. I presume there wouldn’t be parking attached to it either, which might be an issue for some.

    • Anonymous

      You’ll find that DC is in the process of re-discovering exactly what “close-by” can mean. Every time a new grocer or food store opens, people say, “but there’s a ____ not far away!” And yet…they open, and they prosper. DC is coming out of a time when it was drastically underserved by food stores, and it still has a long way to go to infill the gaps.

    • Anonymous

      You’re thinking like a car driver. A half a mile is nothing in a car, but walking six or seven blocks with a load of groceries is a pain.

      Plus, you only list stores north and east, which is telling. Until you reach Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, the only grocery store west of Connecticut is the rinky drink Metro Market at 22 and P. This new place would service a lot more people think.

      Now if we could get a grocery store to service the residents of Sheridan-Kalorama, which is essentially a food desert as a neighborhood.

  • sproc

    For better or for worse, I’m shocked Books-A-Million has lasted as long as it has. I go in there once or twice a month, mainly to check out their pretty good news stand. It’s a huge retail space and I always feel very, very lonely. A Mrs. Greens would be very welcome, particularly if they can provide stuff the Soviet Safeway lacks, like fresh bread and a decent deli counter.

  • I am afraid books will ultimately go the way of newspapers and I guess they should. Are there any good bookstores left in DC?

    I once had a huge library of my own. Over time so to take back more space in my home, I realized I was not going to re-read most of my books again so I have basically started to just give them away.

    What kind of world will it be with no books?

    • Anonymous

      Politics and Prose.

    • Pixie

      Kramerbooks (right up the street from Books a million!) and Bridge Street Books in Georgetown are my favorite stores for new books. Second Story books on P Street is great for used books.

    • CE

      And Kramerbooks, conveniently right around the corner!

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget some of the charity-run book stores in that area- Turning the Page at 1030 17th St. NW and Books for America at 1417 22nd St NW both have a good used book selection-and your money’s going to a good cause.

    • ClevelandDave

      2nd Story Books is great

    • Anonymous

      In addition to the examples mentioned, there’s also still a Barnes & Noble downtown.

    • “What kind of wold will it be with no books?” A dreary, dull world, filled with the vapid dross of everyone who thinks they have something to say.

      • Sudden Debt

        sounds like my workplace (!)

  • Anonymous

    What’s a bookstore. Think I read about those in my ancient history 101 class.

    • Truxton Thomas

      My, that was creative. Good job.

    • Exactly.

    • So sorry that you have chosen to have such a limited and ignorant life.

      • PoPReader


  • BG

    I will really miss having a good book store around. We have lots of food stores in the hood.

  • CMT

    Every single time I went in there and actually wanted to buy something, there was never a cashier around.

  • kolya

    Mrs. Green’s…awesome!

  • Sudden Debt

    I’ve rediscovered the public library. You can search the catalog and ask for holds to be held at the branch of your choice. And it saves $$.

  • JD

    Boo.ks-a-Million senior management is devoted to a conservative christian theology. Their book selection often looks as if it was the work of Rush Limbaugh. I’ll take Mrs. Green’s

    • brookland_rez

      Not surprising since they’re based out of Birmingham, AL

  • Rich

    Crappy book store or another place selling the same old overpriced food? These are the choices? Things really suck in terms of DC retail.

  • Anon

    It depends on how comprehensive the selection at Mrs. Green’s is and what their price point is. When I lived in Dupont, I would have given my kingdom for a conveniently located, not exorbitantly priced grocery store to save me the hike to the Soviet Safeway. If this is at a lower price point (and it would be hard not to be,) I think it will do much better business than Glen’s.

  • I haven’t done terribly substantive shopping at Glen’s, though they do have lovely things for noshing. Hopefully with the shutdown of this BAM location, people will flock to our public libraries. The BAM location is primo real estate, it’s very surprising it’s lasted as long as it has.

  • Anon

    I’d have preferred that the oh-so-dated behemoth be torn down….but aside from that, I think the grocer would do better.


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