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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.


Update on Petworth Safeway Project

July 11, 2012

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about when the Safeway at 3830 Georgia Avenue will be closed, razed, and replaced. In fact, the last major news was back in February 2011. I’ve been asked by several people if the project is still moving forward, or if like so many others it has merely evaporated out of sight and mind.

Well, it seems others have been wondering the same thing. The question was raised on the Petworth Listserv on Monday (7/9) and thanks for Joe Martin, the following information was distributed.

The Safeway is scheduled to close within the next 30-45 days. All the necessary permits have been submitted and are in the process of getting approved and issued.  Duball, LLC, is also in the process of securing final construction pricing for the project. All-in-all everyone involved in the project is optimistic that the store closing process and follow-up demolition of the old building will begin in late August or early September.

As mentioned in an earlier post,  Safeway plans to open a temporary pharmacy down the street during construction.


New Safeway at 3830 Georgia Ave, NW, Will Be a Long Time Coming … But Worth the Wait

February 16, 2011

Representatives of Duball LLC, the developers of the new Safeway & residences slated to replace the store at 3830 Georgia Avenue (Randolph & Georgia, NW), were at the ANC 4C meeting last night to talk about their project. The one thing that came across loud and clear in the presentation is that the project would take 2 1/2 to 3 years to complete (optimistically), and that there will be a time during construction where there will be no grocery service at all. They do hope to find a temporary location to house the pharmacy so that prescriptions can continue to be filled locally, but at this early stage of the project the location has not been selected.

The project breaks down thusly: the new Planned Unit Development (PUD) will be submitted in early March and take 6-9 months for approval. This will be followed by a period of 6-9 months to obtain permits and create construction documents. After these have been created, there will be an additional 18 months for construction — the final 6 months of which will be within the finished shell.

The developers will not be finishing the interior of the Safeway, that will be done by the grocery chain itself. This means that the developer will be finishing the living space above at the same time. Currently, they envision that these units will be rentable studio, 1- and 2-bedroom units. The presenters were very direct that the units will be market rate with the exception of the 8% affordable housing required by the city. They further stated that there was enough affordable housing in the immediate area. This may have been a reference to nearby 4100 Georgia Avenue which contains the Yes! organic market. That project was built at a 100% affordable housing capacity.

While the project is a PUD, it is unlikely that there will be any real community amenities to come out of the project. When pressed to list amenities, most of what was listed seemed to comply with current city requirements. In response to questions posed about pressing Safeway for more, the presenters stated that the project was very tight financially and part of what made the project practical to Safeway was the money the grocers received for the right to build on top of the store and the tax credits they will receive.

The store will end up being the second largest in Washington — similar in design to the City Vista store — with about 60,000 sq. ft. that contains a full deli and a Starbucks. Learning lessons from earlier Safeways, there will only be 86 parking spaces for shoppers rather than the 200-300 spaces other stores have. What Safeway has learned in the urban environment is that most Washingtonians walk or take Metro to shop, and shop more frequently, than people who live in the suburbs do.

Overall, it looks like a good, clean project that will greatly enhance the community. When completed and reopened, it will not only provide more choices for area shoppers, but increase the number of its employees from 40-50 to 150-160.


3400 Georgia Avenue — Serving Grocery Shoppers Since 1941

November 8, 2010

Today, the structure at 3400 Georgia Avenue is occupied by Murry's

As I’ve written about before, Park View’s stretch of Georgia Avenue has a rich history when it comes to markets and grocery stores. One building that is a part of that thread is the brick-and-cinderblock building located at 3400 Georgia Avenue. Today it is occupied by Murry’s.

The A&P Super Market in October, 1949

When the building was first constructed it was home to an A&P supermarket. Customers were able to begin shopping there on October 10, 1941. A&P stores were open until 6 p.m., but stayed open later on Fridays and Saturdays. The store also advertised free parking. A&P was located on this corner until 1951.

Less than two months after A&P opened, the United States entered World War II. Food rationing and shortages became a daily reality. Even when the war ended in 1945 it would still take some time before food supplies would return to their prewar availability.

Shoppers croweded the Park View A&P in July, 1946, when meat was again plentiful

The first week of July, 1946, was particularly exciting to grocery shoppers at Washington A&P stores. They were jammed with customers when the chain was able to offer the largest supply of meat seen in the city in over six months.

Crowds packed A&P stores, including the one at 3400 Georgia Avenue, NW, which promised steady, regular meat supplies as long as Office of Price Administration (OPA) controls remained off. Commenting on the meat supply, Raymond C. Briggs, president of L.S. Briggs, Inc., said “it looks like everybody will have all they want of the best grades in many years if the industry remains unhampered by controls … prices will take care of themselves when there is more than enough meat to meet the demand.”

The OPA had been established in 1941 to control prices and rents after the outbreak of World War II. A&P shoppers were as excited by the opportunity to buy meat at OPA prices or below as they were by the quantity of meat being offered. Share

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