There/here goes/comes the neighborhood: Murrys mkt demolition makes way for Whole Foods on #HSt DC pic.twitter.com/KWjADGO3RtIn what is certainly the end of an era, the building at 610 H Street that most recently housed a decidedly downmarket Murry's grocery store, has been demolished. That building, along with most of the block, is set to become a huge mixed-use (residential and retail) development called The Apollo. The Apollo will be anchored by no less than a Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods is kind of like the holy grail for gentrification cheerleaders. I doubt anyone wants to argue against that idea, but it's still striking to look at the result of Googling the two terms together.
— Evan Pérez (@evanperez) September 25, 2014
Expect delivery of the Apollo in late 2016, and completion sometime in 2017. Some on Twitter seem a bit wistful, and I kind of feel the same. Nothing against Whole Foods, Murry's just seems symbolic. While we're looking both back and forward, I thought I might share this nice Washington City Paper glance at the history of 6th and H Street.
Murry's in 2012
When I first moved to the area (back in 2001) I dated someone who lived across the street from the Murry's, so I actually used to shop there quite a bit. The selection back then wasn't great (this was before they remodeled the store and upgraded the produce section, which had previously prominently featured eternally green bananas and rotting mangos), but they could always be counted on for bread, milk, eggs, butter, onions, garlic, and some decent gingersnaps.
LOC Call number: LC-F82- 2337[P&P]
For those who don't already know, the Apollo takes its name from the Apollo Theatre that once occupied the ground where the Self Storage now stands. Below is a rendering of the Apollo.