What’s a Whole Foods Logan Circle shopper to do when the supermarket is fresh out of 365 Everyday Value Organic Wild Blueberries? Soon, they’ll be able to walk a mile to Shaw and shop at an entirely different Whole Foods to snag some organic blueberries.
The high-end supermarket chain announced this week that it would be opening a new 40,000-square-foot store at 965 Florida Ave. NW as part of a huge mixed-use development project on District-owned property.
According to Google maps, the new Whole Foods in Shaw will be a one-mile walk from the always-packed Logan Circle Whole Foods at 1440 P St. NW. These high-end grocery stores have the distinction of being among the closest Whole Food stores in the country.
That puts a lucky few District residents — say, those living in the fancy new Louis apartment building around 14th and U streets where rent for a one-bedroom can cost more than $3,000 — about half-a-mile away from two fully loaded Whole Foods Markets.
If those two equidistant stores are too far away from them, those residents, thankfully, also live above the Trader Joe’s on 14th Street NW, which, like the Whole Foods a half-mile away, consistently has a line at the registers snaking around half the store.
And if they’re looking for a more intimate shopping experience, Yes! Organic Market is a few blocks north on 14th between V and W streets. And a few blocks north of that? There’s Streets Market & Cafe, a fairly large specialty food store.
“Each of the city’s neighborhoods is distinct. We feel confident that given our P Street store’s success – as well as all of our D.C. stores – this new location will be on par and a great addition,” Katie Malloy, a spokeswoman for Whole Foods, wrote in an e-mail.
This high-end grocery store boom is, of course, another reflection of the fast-changing Logan Circle and Shaw neighborhoods — areas where people will fork over $3,000 for a one-bedroom apartment in a swanky building named after a jazz musician, Louis Armstrong, who once frequented U Street NW music venues.
Trader Joe’s and Streets Market opened in 2014. Yes! Organic opened in 2008. And Whole Foods, which opened in 2000, is credited with helping to revive the Logan Circle neighborhood.
This dense area now teeming with grocery stores presents a stark difference from the oft-described food deserts in Wards 7 and 8.
Whole Foods now has four stores in the District, all in Northwest, and has plans to open two new stores, one in the H Street NE area and another near National Park in Southeast. While it has no plans yet to open east of the river in Wards 7 and 8 — the poorest areas of the city — it has a monthly market at the new pavilion in St. Elizabeths in Ward 8. Whole Foods is also considering opening a shop at the former Walter Reed campus in Brightwood.
“We have four stores currently open, three in development and a continued interest in the Walter Reed redevelopment site – bringing us to eight potential, and different, neighborhoods,” Malloy wrote. “We will continue to look for opportunities to strengthen our ties to D.C.”