Trader Joes or Whole Foods?

And so, with the opening of Trader Joe’s, the sanding, polishing and Saran-wrapping of 14th Street NW is almost complete. A corridor scorched by the 1968 riots and seeded by the 2000 opening of what was then Fresh Fields (now Whole Foods Market) near 14th and P has reached full bloom several blocks north near 14th and U, where Trader Joe’s has sprouted as a bookend of privileged grocery goodness. Friday afternoon, four hours into its existence, Trader Joe’s bustled with suits and scenesters and the neighborhood curious, zipping past frozen pizzas whose crusts are made with “ancient grains,” chatting cheerfully with a lei-laden staff. These two stores exist close together elsewhere (Foggy Bottom, Clarendon) and now the condo cognoscenti of 14th Street must choose. Our scientific flowchart will help ease the decision-making process in this whirlwind era of retail riches:

— Dan Zak

The Washington Post | Dan Zak March 22, 2014
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