Washington, DC

Photo by  John M

I was being cheeky last night but Lane’s response got me thinking me should just codify the rules here:

“Self checkout rules:

(A) less than 25 items, and this is very generous;
(B) put your bags out first. You bag as you go;
(C) no more than 5 produce items (meaning things you have to look up);
(D) know how to bag — so heavy first, layer, etc.”

What other rules should be added.


1701 14th Street, NW

The ‘what the hell is Amazon bringing to Logan Circle?’ saga continues. On Friday a liquor license placard went up at the corner of 14th and Riggs Street, NW for Amazon Retail, LLC:

“A new Full-Service Grocery Store. Applicant is Requesting a Tasting Permit and a Retailer’s License Class B for a Full-Service Grocery Store.” Read More


1345 Park Road, NW

Thanks to all who passed on from WTOP: ”

From GIANT FOOD: “The device was found at one self-checkout point at its store at 1345 Park Road, in Northwest.”

“To Our Valued Giant Food Customers,

We recently learned of an issue involving some of our customers’ personal information. On March 5, 2020, we learned that someone had illegally placed a device that skims information from payment cards on top of a pin pad at one of the self-checkout registers at the Giant Food store located at 1345 Park Road, NW, Washington. DC. Read More


17th and Corcoran Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Do you know why there have been two soldiers and DC police outside Safeway on 17th Street NW past couple of days?”

Ed. Note: We’ve noted a National Guard presence at some NPS run parks but this is the first report we’ve gotten from outside a business. I’m guessing they are just helping police enforce the ‘you must wear a mask’ before entering a grocery store rule. Anyone else see the National Guard posted at spots besides parks?


Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

“Dear PoPville,

I am a first responder directly supporting our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I work 12-14 hour shifts, including overnights and on weekends and holidays, which leaves me precious little time to go shopping and run errands. The recent reduction in the opening hours of many grocery and big box stores has only exacerbated this situation for healthcare workers, first responders, emergency managers and other essential personnel like me. Read More


Ed. Note: CityPaper reported on this issue and noted: “The city’s hotline for home-bound residents to call if they’re in need of groceries or other essentials is 1-888-349-8323. It launched April 13.”

“Dear PoPville,

I have a chronic illness called ME/CFS that limits my ability to get groceries for myself or walk considerable distances (here’s a bit on a project I started before all this hit to help people suffering from this worldwide, most of whom are unable to work and 1 of 4 are housebound or bedbound for life.)

I see various resources for helping people get free or low cost meals, resources for the elderly, but have not seen anything for disabled, chronically ill individuals. I used to rely on Amazon Prime Now for groceries (as have many disabled individuals) and now can’t access it since the system is jammed up with able-bodied people suddenly using it. Read More


Rendering via Hines

From a press release:

“Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden Development Group along with joint venture partner, Bridge Investment Group, announced today they have closed on one and a half acres at The Parks at Walter Reed to develop The Hartley, a 323-unit luxury, multifamily property, anchored by natural and organic grocer Whole Foods Market. Santander Bank N.A. and EagleBank are providing the construction financing.

Construction on The Hartley is expected to begin in May 2020 with completion of the project in early 2022. Read More


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