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“LET ME IN!” Whole Foods Closes Early; Urban Hipsters Panic

by Borderstan.com — February 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm 217 23 Comments

Thursday: Whole Foods on the 1400 block of P Street NW closed its doors at 9 p.m., which was 30 minutes earlier than its previously announced 9:30 p.m. closing. The early closing caused a near panic among some Dupont-Logan residents. One woman screamed, "Let me in, let me in. I don't have any coffee at home!" (Luis Gomez Photos)

Thursday: The scene inside the P Street Whole Foods around 9 p.m. tonight. One man was outside on his cell phone talking to Whole Foods, complaining that the store had decided to close at 9, not 9:30 p.m. as announced earlier. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Thursday: "Sold Out of Snow Shovels" says Logan Hardware on the 1400 block of P Street NW this evening. Residents are responsible for shoveling the area in front of their houses and buildings. (Luis Gomez Photos)

  • 14thandyou

    The lines were ridiculous. They had been there since at least 7 o’clock, and probably earlier. Exactly how long do people think they won’t be able to access Whole Foods? And they do realize that the store will be open tomorrow morning, right?

  • http://facebook.com/joellawson Joel Lawson

    Organic panic.

  • DC Deac

    While it is sort of hilarious to imagine hipster panic, it is also ridiculous to close early on a night when they know so many customers will be in need. Lots of people w/o cars rely on WF as a store they can walk to.

  • http://www.borderstan.com mattyillini

    @ DC Deac – I agree, but there must have been some reason. Luis said the lines inside were completely out of control and they had to close. There may have also been concerns about getting employees home.

  • GD

    but I NEED my organic, unbleached, ink-free, soy-based TP!!

  • Me

    But the snow isn’t supposed to start falling until sometime tomorrow?! Why would WF close early under clear skies? Anyway, love the coffee comment.

  • Avi

    To the self-indulgent twit screaming “let me in, let me in…”, is it too far for you to walk AROUND THE CORNER TO CARIBOU COFFEE???

    Come the Revolution we are going to turn her in first.

  • SQF

    I showed up at 8:30ish last night and there was no line to get in. The produce section was packed but the seafood counter didn’t have a wait. The express checkout lines near the bakery moved quickly and I waited only about five minutes to check out. All in all, I was in and out in about 20 minutes.

  • Jessica

    According to DCist, WF planned to close early before the snow was predicted in order to hold a staff meeting.

    Poorly timed, sure…and they could have rescheduled it…but people should also make other plans (go to another store, maybe?)

  • http://www.borderstan.com mattyillini
  • Avi

    Up front, that was a poor management decision on WF’s part.

    Yet, and I say this as one who slaved away in retail for many a year including a stint managing a Starbucks, after hours upon hours of meeting the needs of frantic & “entitled” customers, it’s a good call to give the store’s staff a break. It ain’t pretty on the other side of the register either.

    Everyone will survive ClosingEarlyGate.

  • Missy

    Joel, LOL LOL LOL!! It is total Chaotic Macrobiotic!!!

  • Missy

    …and somebody tell me those urban hipsters did eventually disperse and go foraging someplace else. I have an image in my head that they were just standing there, all night, in their neat little line, staring forlornly through the locked doors…

  • http://www.dcchallenge.org Doug

    i think it’s all summed up by http://www.snowmageddondc.com

  • Chloe

    I was at WF for a cooking class last night (sea vegetable soups) and stopped in to get some items for those recipes afterward. I may have stood in line for 10-15 minutes, not bad at all. I witnessed what happened in the photo above (I am in the photo on the right in the white jacket). The girl in red had called and was told they’d be open until 9:30, so was pretty pissed about it. No one else seemed to be bothered by the closure all that much.

  • Old Timer

    Back when the Whole Foods was first proposed for this neighborhood, it never occurred to me that it would attract such a huge population of self-indulgent, dependent, entitled douchebags to the neighborhood. East Dupont/Logan actually used to be a pretty cool place to live.

  • Michael A

    I’m still in line @WF…this is getting ridiculous.

  • Whole Foods Warrior

    lol @ you holier-than-thou idiots hating on all the Whole Foods shoppers. People were bahving like this at ALL the grocery stores (Giant, Safeway, etc.) last night out in the suburbs as well, but go ahead and continue to pretend that you’re so cool and that Whole Foods shoppers are not as awesomely cool as you are. lol @ you imagining that your cramped, urban and claustrophobic neighborhood was ever cool or hip. You should be thanking Whole Foods for opening a store and shining some light in the darkness of your lives.

  • KT

    Ha! I live in Fairfax & I grabbed dinner at the P St. Whole Foods on a whim before heading home. At around 6:30pm, the store was packed but I lucked out and didn’t have to wait in line at all.

  • In The Name of Truth

    Whole Foods Warrior is 100% correct and is to be commended. The people who shop at Whole Foods Look are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. Do not… mess with us.

  • Taboo

    @In The Name of Truth: I think perhaps you are overreacting. I must admit, though, that I am a bit shocked that the average Whole Foods customer is someone who drives a garbage truck or sweeps floors or works at the telephone company. Wow! I had no idea those good folks were making so much money. Well, good for them.

  • tim

    none of these people in the photo look like a hipster. except maybe the one guy with glasses. but they certainly don’t look like these folks: https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/79/hipster.html

  • http://facebook.com/joellawson Joel

    The real test: will those of us unable to secure enough groceries be able to survive on “small plates” dining around here?

    Nevermind, here’s hoping Florida Avenue Grill is open through the weekend!

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