Just to clarify a few things:
1. Hechinger Mall is in Ward 5, not Ward 6.
2. Tommy Wells is the Ward 6 Councilmember.
3. Harry Thomas is the Ward 5 Councilmember.
4. For those who didn't follow the link, it leads to a Tweet from Tommy Wells' Twitter feed. I linked to it because that was the first time I heard anything concrete about an Aldi moving to Hechinger Mall.
I heard from someone I know in Tommy Wells' office today who, reading over some of the comments here, wanted to make a few points. A portion of that email appears below.
A few details that might be helpful:
Tommy ran into a regional VP for ALDI at a hearing yesterday. The VP mentioned to Tommy that they will be locating at the Hechinger Mall location. Tommy then Tweeted it to share the news. That’s about all that happened.
Just to note, it’s located in Ward 5, not Ward 6.
This isn’t removing or replacing the Safeway, it’s just adding another grocery store option/competition.
This has zero, zilch, nada impact on what grocer goes in at 3rd & H Street NE. In fact, the developer is deep into negotiation already on the lease details for the full service grocer that is going in at 3rd and H Street NE. We don’t know which grocer it’ll be; they won’t tell us because of the on-going lease negotiation.
And the Washington Business Journal picks up the story.