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Grocery Invasion Comes to Capitol Hill

Back in May, I wrote about the grocery invasion taking place in the greater Shaw area. A new Trader Joe's on 14th Street NW, a Giant at CityMarket at O, a Harris Teeter at 965 Florida Ave. NW, and a Fresh Grocer at the Howard Town Center on Georgia Avenue NW were set to join the Yes! Organic Market on 14th, the Whole Foods on P Street NW, and the Safeway at 5th and L streets NW that had opened in recent years. Well, so long for that. Plans for the Harris Teeter fell through when the favored developer for the Florida Avenue site was passed over, and plans for the Fresh Grocer were put on hold when the agreement between Howard University and the site's developer collapsed.

But to the southeast, a proper invasion is now taking hold, in parts of the Capitol Hill area that were mostly considered too unhip and economically depressed for high-end grocery until recently. Whole Foods announced today that it's signed a lease to open a location on H Street NE, joining another planned store in the Capitol Riverfront. A slightly-more-upscale-than-typical Giant opened this spring on H Street; in the past three years, a Harris Teeter in NoMa and relocated Yes! Organic Market on Barracks Row have also come to the area. And a Walmart with ample grocery offerings is expected to open at 1st and H streets NW by year's end.

So here, in its full glory, is a map of the state of chain supermarkets in the booming greater Capitol Hill area. Green means a store opened in the past three years; red means it's coming soon. Note that there are zero chain supermarkets on the map that existed in their current locations three years ago.

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Illustration by Aaron Wiener

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