Trader Joe’s is headed east. The popular grocery chain announced that it would be opening an 11,000-square-foot store in the Capitol Hill area — its first store in the District outside of the Northwest quadrant.
The California-based chain, which specializes in off-brand, affordable goods, already has a store in Foggy Bottom and on 14th Street NW — both of which are marked by check-out lines that snake throughout the store. The newest store will be located at the shuttered Hine Junior High, 750 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, near Eastern Market.
The Hine Junior High redevelopment project will include 116 market rate and 46 affordable apartment units, a 163,000-square-foot office building and space for restaurants and shops. Rent for the market rate apartments will range from $3,800 to $10,000 per month.
The Trader Joe’s location is slated to open in summer 2017.
The District is in the midst of a grocery store boom targeting the city’s newly arrived young professionals with disposable income. Whole Foods 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. It is also planning to open one in Shaw.