Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Housing Complex: Whole Foods on H Street? Maybe...
Future site of a Whole Foods? Possibly.
Housing Complex does a little investigation into the rumors that a Whole Foods is headed for the northside of the 600 block of H Street, and says a Whole Foods is a possibility. But, it's far from the only possibility. Rumors have swirled in recent months that a Whole Foods might be the retail anchor for Insight's planned mixed-use development at 616 H Street. Essentially, there have been strong suggestions that the new tenant will be a grocery store, and we're kind of running out of chains of grocery stores that could potentially open up in our neighborhood. I mean, we've got a Safeway (pathetic as that particular store might be), an Aldi, a Giant, and a Harris Teeter. We're also expecting a Yes!. So it's nice to get a little clarification of exactly where things stand. According to the article, Insight has spoken with Whole Foods, but they've talked to other potential occupants as well. They even said they aren't necessarily going to go with a grocer instead of another form of retail.
A Whole Foods would be very symbolic for many people, and the idea that it would spur development is probably at least as attractive to many as the new shopping option. The sheer number of grocery stores around here is already pretty impressive. We have A LOT of options, but I think a Whole Foods would be different enough to not be a problem for the other stores (even the Yes!). But it does kind of make me wonder at what point we hit gorcery store saturation. Anyone?