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Starting to See Some Progress at New Market on Georgia

August 20, 2018

The small storefront at 3412 Georgia Avenue (next to Kraken Axes) is finally starting to show some progress after it appeared to stall in late 2017. According to building permits, the new business will be La Herradura Super Market and will be about 2,896 sq. ft. of space. The original permit was issued in February 2016, with a 1st extension in July 2017 and a 2nd extension in October 2017. In asking around, I understand that the latest hurdle in their efforts was appealing a vacant tax bill that the city had levied due to the slow progress.

While I know that the District is attempting to crack down on vacant property, which I applaud, I feel they are overly aggressive with some of these slower developments in our area. While I;m sure I’m not along is saying I would like them to move more quickly, financing can be an issue and I don’t believe that DC supports our small business community as well as we should. Given the choice between getting this property renovated slowly or vacant and unusable for years, I’ll take the slower path as long as there is progress.

(Future La Herradura Super Market at 3412 Georgia Avenue, NW)

Petworth Safeway on Target to Open This Friday, June 27th

June 24, 2014
Petworth Safeway at Georgia and Randolph, NW.

Petworth Safeway at Georgia and Randolph, NW.

The new Petworth Safeway in on schedule to open this Friday, June 27th — the goal that was shared with the community back in May. In walking past the store last night, it looks like it is all set up inside and ready to go.

I talked with one of the security staff at the site as well, and he stated that while there will be some type of official event on Thursday, the store will be ready to serve customers on Friday. This was also in agreement with the countdown clock (see image below).

While the store is good to go this week, the living units above the store will take a little longer before they are move-in ready.

IMG_6830(Petworth Safeway countdown clock as seen on Monday, June 23rd)


Petworth Safeway Aiming for Late June Opening

May 14, 2014

Petworth Safeway(The Petworth Safeway at Georgia and Randolph, NW)

If chatter on the Petworth Listserv is to be believed, the future Petworth Safeway is shooting for an opening date on or around June 27th. In walking past the site over the weekend, that certainly seems plausible. With the building still under construction, shelving and lighting is already being installed within the future grocery store.

In related news, Joseph Martin also reported on the Petworth Listserv that opposition to Safeway’s liquor license application — to sell beer and wine only —  has been filed. According to Martin — who does a good job monitoring liquor license applications and the DC Register for relevant Petworth area items — 16 people signed pre-printed letters to protest Safeway’s ABRA application and submitted them by the Board’s protest deadline.

Martin writes:

… the protest “appears to have been led by the convenience store across the street, 7 Round Davis Market at 3819 Georgia Avenue NW … [and] the printed letter objects ‘on the basis of peace order quiet and over concentration.’ Some of those protesting opposed on the basis of objecting to an additional alcohol license in the neighborhood. About half live within a block of the new Safeway. One letter-signer who gave a Woodbridge, Virginia street address (although attributed that street to being in DC) complained that the new Safeway “is going to cause to (sic) much traffic.”

Safeway’s Craig Muckle has asked that any community members who have not yet expressed their support (or share other concerns) for Safeway’s beer-and-wine license application to do so. Email: craig.muckle (at) safeway (dot) com.  Muckle also asked that supporters consider showing up at ANC 4C’s monthly meeting this Wednesday, April 14. ANC 4C will take up the Safeway beer-and-wine license application on Wednesday [tonight]. Please also consider letting the Commissioners know how you feel about the application: Commissioners.

ANC 4C will meet next week at 801 Shepherd Street NW, the MPD Control Services Bureau Building, instead of the usual space at the Petworth Library. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm. 

When I polled residents a year ago, there was overwhelming support for Safeway to sell beer and wine … and I certainly agree with that position. Grocery stores in other parts of Washington sell beer and wine and, practically, it is something that shoppers reasonably expect to be available in a large, new grocery store.

While my experience with ABRA suggests that Safeway will be successful with their application, I think reaching out to ANC 4C Commissioners or Safeway, as Martin suggests above, certainly would be helpful to Safeway.

Petworth Safeway ABRA Placards Go Up Today

March 21, 2014

It’s official, the ABRA placards for the coming Petworth Safeway will be posted today. Below is the Notice of Public Hearing for those that want to read it, want to know when the petition and hearing dates are, or what to know when the hours of sales and service will be.

Safeway ANC 4C

Update on Petworth Safeway Beer & Wine Sales and Opening Date

March 18, 2014
 3830 Georgia Avenue NW -- future home of the Petworth Safeway.

3830 Georgia Avenue NW — future home of the Petworth Safeway.

Nearly a year ago, there was a discussion on the Petworth listserv on whether or not the new Petworth Safeway should be able to sell beer and wine. In 1999, the D.C. Council imposed a citywide moratorium on new Class B licenses – which allow beer and wine sales – to discourage loitering and public drunkenness. The council later carved out an exemption, but only for new “full-service grocery stores,” or those undergoing “substantial” renovation – requirements this Safeway would seem to meet. The problem for the new safeway, however, is that another, more recent, moratorium restricts Class B licenses in nearly all of Ward 4. The moratorium does not include the exemption for grocery stores. So, absent Council action the Petworth Safeway would not be allowed to sell beer and wine. In April 2013, when I polled readers about this, there was overwhelming support for the new Safeway to sell beer and wine.

Last week, Petworth resident Joe Martin provided an encouraging follow up on the Petworth listserv to last year’s discussion. According to Martin, last week the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board gave the new Petworth Safeway a green light to proceed with its beer-and-wine license application. Martin’s posting continued:

There had been some delay in the process while the Safeway corporation satisfied the Board’s administrative questions over the past few months, i.e. provision of architectural plans and meeting the legal definition of a grocery store.

Craig Muckle from Safeway’s public relations division appeared before ANC 4C [on March 12th … and] stated that the Petworth Safeway plans to open in three-to-four months and that the store can open even while construction continues above it, having done so in other development projects.

Muckle noted that the Safeway will open an office in Petworth in advance of the store opening for the purpose of accepting job applications and interviewing qualified applicants. He stated Safeway hopes to hire a considerable number of area residents and that employees of the previous Safeway will be considered for positions with the new Petworth Safeway. Muckle stated that the new Safeway will create over 200 jobs at the Petworth location.

Placards will soon appear on the building announcing the date for an ABC Board hearing on the beer-and-wine license application for a Retailer B license, #93822. The Retailer B classification permits grocery stores and wholesalers to sell beer and wine.

Once ABRA posts the application placards I’ll post additional details for residents who want to express support or opposition to this license.

Should the New Petworth Safeway Sell Beer & Wine?

April 3, 2013
Rendering of the Petworth Safeway now under construction.

Rendering of the Petworth Safeway now under construction.

The Petworth Listserv has been having a bit of a debate over the past few days on whether or not the new Petworth Safeway should be allowed to sell beer and wine. Apparently, due to past DC Council legislation, when the new Safeway at 3830 Georgia Avenue is finished it will not automatically be able to sell beer and wine.

The Northwest Current sums up the issue nicely in their March 27th issue. According to their article,

A D.C. Council ban from 1999 imposed a citywide moratorium on new Class B licenses – which allow beer and wine sales – to discourage loitering and public drunkenness. The coundil later carved out an exemption, but only for new “full-service grocery stores,” or those undergoing “substantial” renovation – requirements this Safeway would seem to meet.”

The problem is, another, more recent, moratorium restricts Class B licenses in nearly all of Ward 4. The moratorium does not include the exemption for grocery stores. So, absent Council action the Petworth Safeway will not be allowed to sell beer and wine.

Petworth resident Joseph Martin did some digging and pulled together the following background information on District Safeways selling beer and wine. According to Martin, there are 13 Safeways operating now in DC. When the Petworth Safeway opens, that will be 14. Of those, ten have beer-and-wine licenses:

  • 322 40th Street NE
  • 2845 Alabama Avenue SE
  • 414 14th Street SE
  • 1601 Maryland Avenue NE
  • 490 L Street NW
  • 6500 Piney Branch Road NW
  • 1100 M Street SW
  • 1747 Columbia Road NW
  • 1855 Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • 4865 MacArthur Blvd NW.

Taking into account that the Petworth Safeway is very close to the Ward 1 border and will be the most convenient grocery store to most residents in the Park View community when it opens, I think its appropriate to weigh in on this issue. I’m very interested in hearing from the community on this issue to better understand all the pros and any possible cons.


New Petworth Safeway Groundbreaking Planned for September 19th

August 23, 2012

The temporary Safeway pharmacy is located at 4034 Georgia Ave.

According to information shared by Councilmember Bowser on the Petworth listserv, the long despised Safeway located at Georgia and Randolph is schedule to close at the end of their business day on Saturday, September 8th. Construction of the new development is expected to last about 20 months.

During the construction period, Safeway will maintain a pharmacy at 4034 Georgia Avenue — located just a few doors to the south from Yes! Organic Market. The pharmacy will open for business on September 10th.

The project will develop a 62,000 s.f. Safeway with 220 apartment units above.  The development will replace the existing 21,000 s.f. Safeway building.

The full email from Councilmember Bowser is below.

Dear Neighbors-

I’m writing to share updates from Safeway on their Petworth Project (Georgia Ave and Randolphs Street):

The old store will close on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.

Safeway will begin operations at the temporary pharmacy location on Monday, Sept. 10 beginning at 9 a.m.

Its hours of operations will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The temporary pharmacy will be located at a nearby storefront: 4034 Georgia Ave. NW. Safeway is completing renovations of this location.

Safeway will provide a shuttle service between the temporary pharmacy and the Safeway on Piney Branch.

They intend to initiate that service on Monday, Sept. 10. After consulting with Store Manager Stewart Jones, they will start service on the following schedule:

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
We will review the bus schedule every 90 days to make adjustments if necessary based on customer demand

The employees at Petworth Safeway will work at other locations during the construction. The new Safeway and residential building will be constructed over a 20-month period.

A groundbreaking celebration is planned for September 19th. We will provide more details in the weeks to come.

Below is an animation of the project.

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Petworth Safeway from Interface Multimedia on Vimeo.


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