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Holy Guacamole – Trader Joe’s Announces Another DC Location – Next Up Near Union Market

by Prince Of Petworth — November 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm 55 Comments


Big news from BisNow:

“Trader Joe’s has signed a 15k SF lease in the 187-unit mixed-use building under development at 1240 4th St NE and is scheduled to open in the second half of 2017.”

via google maps

  • skj84

    This is the best news of today. A Trader Joes can technically walk to?

  • Matt

    This gives me a small glimmer of hope that the Eastern Market TJ’s won’t be a zoo 24/7.

    • JohnH

      Trader Joe’s are way too small to not be busy in a city. Might lighten the crowd some though (Whole Foods on P has really gotten less crowded with Trader Joe’s and Giant opening in 14th/Logan/Shaw…..but that’s a much larger store).

  • also anon

    YES hopefully the street/garage parking is better than the 14th St one. It should be I think? Parking in that area of town is usually easy.

    • anon

      Parking on 14th St was easy once upon a time too.

      • JohnH

        It’s really not that hard unless you’re coming from a different parking zone (which limits you to one side of the street). It’s pretty easy to find parking on S/T unless it’s a Friday/Saturday night.

  • anonymous

    Another win for Trinidad!

    • Survivor77


  • Soooooooooooooooooo Happy!

    Wow – so we’ll have Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and Giant all within a small radius. Interesting.

    • anonymous

      now if we can just get the gym thing going–NE will be the place to be.

      • Sully

        Planet Fitness in Ivy City for 10 bucks a month.

        • TKPK

          The Hecht building is not really convenient to the NoMa metro stop. Given the density of the area, a more central gym is not asking that much. Add to that the rules imposed by Planet Fitness, it isn’t a viable option for a lot of people, regardless of how low the monthly fee is.

          • textdoc

            What are Planet Fitness’s rules?

          • Anon

            No free weights, etc.

          • Sully

            Funny I was just there and saw free weights. They do limit weights to 50LBS. It is also 1.5 miles away which I guess is far considering you are already going to a GYM .

      • John M

        To be fair, most of the large apartment buildings around there have gyms already, which is a a significant portion of a gym’s potential consumer base. Lots of crossfit gyms around, however.

      • Girl on a Hill

        +100. I’m holding out for this.

      • stegman

        What would be perfect would be to convert the AutoZone on H and 12th to a big gym.

    • J

      Don’t forget about the shitty Safeway at Hechinger mall!

      • Mike

        And Aldi 🙂

  • The Jimmy

    Does it get any better in DC? Thanks TJ!

  • LIz

    Love this news – Please tell me “Dave Thomas Circle” is up for re-design too?

  • Sully

    My neighborhood (Ivy City) is looking awesome!

  • Why do people lose their minds over Trader Joe’s? I mean, it’s fun to go there occasionally and pick up some treats, but it’s hard to imagine doing regular grocery shopping there.

    • stacksp

      Personally, We get all the fun and cheap stuff from Trader Joe’s like popcorn, waffles, cheese, fruit bars to name a few and all meat and fruit/vegetables from Whole Foods. TJs is just a better alternative to us than say Safeway or giant.

      • Anon

        I think that’s what most people do– get their junk food/convenience food at Trader Joe’s and regular groceries elsewhere. Personally, I try to keep snacky things out of my house so I avoid shopping there.

      • Anon

        That’s what most people do– get their junk food/convenience food at Trader Joe’s and regular groceries elsewhere. I don’t have the metabolisms those people do, so I try to keep snacky things out of my house and avoid shopping there.

    • Anon

      Convenient and palatable frozen dinners.

    • duh

      cheap wine

      • also anon

        +1, also cheap high quality frozen seafood, and cheap, good coffee beans. I don’t do “regular” grocery shopping there but stock up on that kind of stuff when I go.

    • DF

      Cheap nuts, fun spice blends, frozen edamame, great cheese prices. Doesn’t have everything, but a lot of stuff that is quality and a good price.

    • Anon

      The only thing I really like there are the flower bouquets, but I’m a block from the Eastern Market location so I’ll probably end up going when I need groceries and don’t feel like crossing Pennsylvania Ave.

    • camelcolored

      Here’s a one person trend piece: I buy all the groceries for a family of four, every week at Trader Joes.

      • Anon

        “Hey kids, we’re having cookie butter for dinner tonight!”

    • maxwell smart

      TJ’s is great for pantry staples – rice/grains/pasta, nuts, dried fruit, canned beans, frozen veggies, etc. The produce and cheese tends to be hit or miss on quality and the selection (in produce) is usually lacking a number of things I am looking for. I usually find TJ’s to be somewhere I go maybe once a month to stock up. It’s possible to do all of your shopping there, although I think you would need to structure your meals around what’s available vs. coming in with a predefined idea of what you are planning to make.

  • anon6

    Can we just call it CtPaTown already? Yum’s carryout at 4th & Florida NE is the City Wok, and Mac’s Tire Repair across the street would be Skeeter’s if they served beer with tires.

  • Trinidaddy

    Welp…not gonna…not gonna go to that Harris Teeter anymore! Yeah!

  • andy2

    There is also a rumor that one is coming to the old Holiday Inn on Wisconsin Avenue and Whitehaven Pkwy.
    Woo hoo!

    • JohnH

      Isn’t there a Safeway (or some large grocery store) and Whole Foods right in that same area? Doesn’t seem like that “dense’ of an area to need 3 different grocery stores within a few blocks of eachother.

  • Jane

    So jealous. What great riches do we have to sacrifice to get someone to redevelop the Hechinger Mall? I know the area is still changing but that’s such a huge amount of space!

    • Brooklyn Brawler


  • maxwell smart

    Hey Trader Joe’s. How about Tenleytown?

    • anon

      Psh. How about people there don’t block housing from being built so you’d have the density to justify one?

      • maxwell smart

        Sure, but there I think there is already plenty of audience in the area and the location proximate to AU and UDC and metro accessible would more than support having TJ’s in Tenleytown.

  • Jay

    I still don’t understand what people buy there? Alcohol? I’ll give you that. But the rest just seems like crap. Ten Spice Curried Tea Biscuits? Maybe I just don’t eat like that? A certain portion of the DC population seem to lose their minds over that crap though.

    • skj84

      Generally people buy food there. Tasty food at better prices than you find at Giant or Harris Teeter. Tasty pre-made food at great prices too. Non crap like produce, and meats, and dairy, and non dairy, and the like. Yummy treats are in the mix too. Oh, and cheap beer and wine is nothing to turn your nose up to. Anyway maybe you should actually check out one one of the two locations in the city, rather than dismissing a great grocery chain that many people love for legit reasons.

    • groceryshopper

      Cheese tortellini for $3 a pack, cheap olive oil, cheap jarred tomato sauce, cheap couscous, maple syrup, crumpets, pretzel bagels, milk, eggs, etc. They sell groceries, and often for less than other stores.

      • Caroline

        I’d categorize much of this in the “Ten Spice Curried Tea Biscuits” category (i.e. convenience foods) rather than the basic groceries category. You are probably in the majority of Americans who don’t want to dedicate the time to cooking full meals but also don’t want to be eating total junk. Tortellini and jarred tomato sauce from TJ’s are a happy medium, as they are quick convenience foods that have fewer preservatives and such than their name brand equivalents. I suppose they’re cheaper too (I know jarred tomato sauce is seriously marked up for what it is). That’s why people go crazy over Trader Joe’s!

    • bobby

      Almost all of their pre packaged foods are natural (no weird ingredients you’ve never heard of). A lot of people are into that, and Its hard to find anywhere else but whole foods.

    • Duane

      Butter, milk, eggs, juice, tea, tissues, tp, soap, olive oil, coffee, cereal, wine, chocolate, bread, frozen fruit and vegetables.

    • anonymous

      Unless I need paper products or something very specific, I can often buy all my groceries there. I’m actually more surprised at how incredulous people are that you can do that. I’ve also found that I tend to eat healthier and cheaper when I do since I tend to get more actual foods rather than processed stuff.
      I prefer it for coffee, fresh flowers, bananas, nuts, dried fruits, cheese, lunch meat, Greek yogurt, spices, sauces, pantry items (i.e. olive oil, coconut milk, beans, vinegars, rice, pasta), frozen fish, wine & beer, and snacks like hummus. Usually it’s the same or cheaper than other grocery stores near me. If I don’t feel like a second stop I’ll often also buy milk, eggs, fresh vegetables/fruits, bread, and meat there too. I actually don’t buy the prepared entrees or cookies very often…as much as I may want the cookies.

      • anonymous

        Forgot to mention baking supplies (vanilla, flours, sugars) and other grains (i.e. quinoa, couscous, oatmeal). I love their frozen pie crust, until finding it I’ve always made my own because I hate the normal frozen crusts but theirs is indistinguishable from homemade (it helps that I can’t pick it up in one piece so the pies always look “rustic”).
        I know I’m probably missing a bunch. Seriously, most weeks I only go to a regular grocery store to pick up bagels, cleaning supplies, or if I notice they’re having a good sale on something. When I manage to bake our own bagels I can skip the grocery store altogether.

      • skj84

        most of the cleaning supplies in my house is from Trader Joes. I’ve never purchased paper products from them, but I prefer to get them in bulk from Costco. I’m also surprised people don’t think you can get full groceries from Trader Joes. Its a grocery store. I guess the image people have is specialty stuff? With the exception of a few brand name items that I have loyalty to, I would do all my shopping at Trader Joes.

        • Caroline

          Most of my grocery shopping is produce, and Trader Joe’s is not the best place for that. I also do a fair amount of baking and think their selection of baking supplies is lacking. And they don’t have the incredible sales that Harris Teeter does. I could probably manage a full grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, but I’d end up spending more and not getting exactly what I want. Also, if you’re not there for the specialty stuff it’s generally not worth subjecting yourself to that zoo.

  • Caro

    I do all grocery shopping (even healthy!) for our family of 3 at TJ as well, not just snacks. Excited about a closer location to where I am! (In NE(.


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