After about two years of speculation and rumors — ever since JBG Cos. announced their plans for the Louis residential-retail complex at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW — The Washington Post reported Sunday that a Trader Joe’s grocery store will open in the complex.
The grocery store chain will open its second DC location on the 1900 block of 14th Street NW. There is a mini-Trader Joe’s in Foggy Bottom at 1101 25th Street NW. The chain has six other stores in the DC metro area. The chain has what some might call a near cult-like following — due in part to “Two-Buck Chuck” is the nickname given to the Charles Shaw Wines sold at Trader Joe’s at low prices.
The Louis complex started in February with demolition, and the last tenants left the site a few months ago. The building, developed by JBG Companies, will include 267 apartment units in nine floors, as well as 30,000-square feet of street-level retail. The expected completion date is December 2013.
At present the closest grocery stores in the area are YES! Organic at 2123 14th Street NW and the Best DC Supermarket at 1507 U Street NW.
Will Harris Teeter Follow?
The same Washington Post article reported, “A few blocks northeast of that project, JBG and its retail arm, JBG Rosenfeld, have lined up a commitment from another grocer, Harris Teeter, but it will require winning the rights to some city-owned property on Sherman Avenue.” The possible site for a second Harris Teeter grocery store in DC would be where V Street, Sherman Avenue and Florida Avenue NW connect.
Given the huge population gains in recent years in the Logan, U Street and southern part of Columbia Heights, you have to ask, “What took so long to get more grocery stores in the area?”
We haven’t been to the new Harris Teeter yet at 1631 Kalorama Road NW. I used to sometimes shop at the one in Ballston (Arlington). Loved that store, and I have always said that if could only have one neighborhood grocery store, I would pick HT. Here’s a short review from New Columbia Heights… check out the comments:
I went to the Harris Teeter in Adams Morgan for the first time today, and I was pretty impressed. It’s not technically in Columbia Heights, but it probably is the closest grocery store for some CHers (though not me, Giant is still closer).
Basically it’s between Whole Foods and Giant on the grocery spectrum – very nice inside, friendly employees, some high end produce and stuff, but still has your normal grocery stuff. For example, they had crazy fruits I’d never heard of before (sapote,cherimoya, pepino melon) but didn’t have pasta made with funky grains like quinoa.
They also have locally grown produce, which is cool, and the beer prices and selection were comparable to Giant. The lines were non-existent too, and while Giant is also slower on Saturday afternoons, there’s still always a wait there.
In short, I was a fan, and I’m going to go back more often. Anybody else have an opinion on the store?