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Former Anacostia Supermarket to Become Dialysis Clinic and 7-Eleven

Anacostia supermarket

On Nov. 30, 2012, Anacostia's only supermarket shut down. The Anacostia Warehouse Supermarket property had just been purchased by Vienna, Va.-based Good Hope Investments LLC. The man behind the LLC, investor Mossadaq Chughtai, told me at the time that his plan was to break up the store into smaller sites and attract national tenants who would bring some cachet to the neighborhood, which has struggled to attract quality retail.

Local advisory neighborhood commissioner Greta Fuller said she hoped Chughtai would bring another grocery store to the neighborhood, rather than something along the lines of a dialysis center, which wouldn't serve the residents of a neighborhood already saturated with social and health services.

As it turns out, the neighborhood's getting both.

Michael Neibauer reported the news this morning of a permit issued to convert nearly 11,000 square feet of the 20,000-square-foot former supermarket into a 15-station outpatient dialysis clinic.

Reached by phone, Chughtai confirms that he's bringing in a dialysis center. But he says it will be a top-of-the-line center that will create 30 jobs. The center will be run by the German Fresenius Medical Care, which Chughtai says is investing $3 million in the project.

Chughtai says 7-Eleven has also signed a lease for a portion of the site. A Little Caesars pizzeria may also be on its way, he says.

A 7-Eleven and a pizzeria aren't exactly a substitute for a supermarket in a neighborhood that now has none, but they will provide a few more food options for the neighborhood—if not quite gourmet ones.

This post has been updated to include additional information from Chughtai.

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  • dcborn61

    Perhaps the worst headline ever: why did the community exactly fear a dialysis clinic?

  • R

    The article says that the neighborhood is already flooded with those types of services. Also, a dialysis clinic only serves a (hopefully) small subset of the community. There's irony in this, though, where the lack of a quality food market can only contribute to a rise in type-2 diabetics.

    I think it would have been better to push toward a quality mom-and-pop market if a large chain cannot be courted.

  • Typical DC BS

    Anacostia is not at the point that any national chains would want to locate there. Someday soon, though, I think it will be. The demographics are slowly changing for the better there.

  • Corky

    When you have a large population of people who eat bad food, are overweight, have poor healthcare, who smoke and drink, and, of course, have high blood pressure, you are going to have a large population of people with kidney failure. Unfortunately, Anacostia is a perfect location for a dialysis clinic. Newports, "dirty Asian" carryout food, cognac and malt liquor will do that to you.

  • tony

    The Key to EOTR economic development particularly along MLK Ave and Good Hope Rd is a renewed focus on the development and restoration of "community focused" small businesses. period

    The black community must understand the importance of building from within and preserving our communities'
    cultural and historic importance and values.

  • tony


    Certainly, you don’t need me to tell you that “...you have a large population of people who eat bad food, are overweight, have poor healthcare, who smoke and drink, and, of course, have high blood pressure...” all over this city including Ward 4.

    Maybe that explains the multiple sites of dialysis clinics in “all” of the black communities.

  • E

    This area will never be marketable until the people in that area care enough and actually do something with themselves. The area is unattractive even to me a ward 8 resident. You have a bunch of people w/o jobs hanging out high/drunk in front of what stores we have now. Us who actually work hard don't want to see this everyday, so why would someone invest their money when these people can't even take care of a bus stop?

  • Haley

    Highest unemployment rate in the city, why would a store survive here? The people in this area don't like to invest in their own community in the first place. They would rather spend it all on sneakers and coats just to flex on the street. I really hope there can be a happy medium to get those who don't do anything out and have the people who work stay and enjoy a few nice things in their own community.

  • tony

    There's over 140,000 thousands people who lives EOTR. Majority of them are good and decent folks who deserves the opportunity to benefit from this city's economic boom. Period!

  • tony

    Some black folks should be very careful about voicing the removal and displacement of people who don’t fit their standards of living. I hate to tell you this, but there are folks in this city who feel the exact way about”YOU”.

    Just look around.

  • Anonymous

    It should go without saying that this same company was accused of mass medicare fraud not that long ago. The residents of Anacostia have it right -- low income services and organizations are constantly being pushed on them. Is there any wonder that retail is slow to come to the community.

    For shame.


  • Corky

    Tony, I didn;t say anything about moving people out. Just stating facts. I would like for there to be better development in that area too, but it is in fact a very low income neighborhood. And people do hang out on that corner drinking and carrying on all day and night. Drive by there right now and you will see. If I was locating a business anywhere, that spot would be way down on the list unless I was selling liquor and cigarettes. I live east of the river and there are places in Anacostia that are very nice (better than the overpriced junk in NW that hipsters are buying)--that block just ain't one of them!!

  • tony


    Good. Now change it!

    Why is it so hard for black folks to take ownership of their own communities? If there’s a need for more vibrant and robust businesses EOTR why not be part of the effort to create such? I mean, black folks in this city claim to be so well off and educated but they can’t even pool together enough resources to open up businesses in their own communities.

    Naw, they are waiting for someone else to do for them what they should be able to do for themselves. I am really perplexed by the thinking of those who claim to be part of the black middle class. On one hand they claim to be responsible and financially secured. On the other hand, they seek the assistance of others for very basic amenities.

    Other minorities come into this city and open up businesses in our communities because we refuse to do so. Just look at the black community. The Asians owns the Hair and Nail Salons. The Ethiopians owns the Coffee Shops. The Chinese owns the Carry Outs. The Middle Easterners owns the Gas Stations and Liquor Stores. The Bars and Grills are owned by everyone except us.

    Moreover, the notion that businesses can’t survive in the black community is the biggest lie ever told. Where are the major convenient stores located? Where is the major fast food restaurants located? Who are the biggest consumers of Hair products? Who are the biggest consumers of Automobiles? The list goes on and on.

    The hard reality is that regardless of the progress made by black folks in this country, we remain completely dependent on others for our very existence.

  • IHaveAnIdea

    maybe you guys should start counting the Ethiopians as black. You'd have more entrepreneurs that way.

    Look at how the whites got more entrepreneurs once they decided to count Jews as white. So some of the crazies still don't count them. White folks, whatcha gonna do?

  • building in anacostia

    There are folks over here who are black who are working together and building a structure that will uplift our community. Just wait, there is going to be a community operated grocery store in Anacostia within the next few years.

  • tony

    @building in Anacostia,

    Now that's what I am talking about!

  • RIP chocolate city

    The issues that plague Anacostia are the same issues that plague the rest of black America. To think that a grocery store and a few mixed-use buildings will do anything for Anacostia is ridiculous.

    Even with all that little would change. The amenities would soon crumble. Just take a look at the current sate of the hood. I hate to say it but Anacostia wont turn around until white people want the neighborhood for themselves. For what it's worth Anacostia IS really close to everything. Bike/Train to downtown in no time and prices are still DIRT cheap comparatively speaking.

    If Anacostia does turn around one day (which it probably will) - it will turn around EXACTLY like the rest of DC. Not some awesome black renaissance. Black people don't organize well and the "system" is too deeply embedded. Sorry to say... Good luck to all the Anacostia residents fighting the good fight though.

  • tony

    Begging is not a strategy.

    "Excuses are the tools for losers; they use them to build monuments of nothing."

  • Corky

    The fact of the matter is that there just isn't that much money to be made over there. People who criticize the Black middle class seem to gloss over the fact that they are middle class and don't own or work in ghetto stores anymore BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE TO!! The immigrants with poor language skills, checkered passes and no security clearances have no choice but to work in unfavorable areas and be subjected to crime and nasty attitudes from their customers. Running a mom and pop store in the hood is no walk in the park. Blacks used to run those stores until they and their kids could move into other areas of eceonomic life--just like the Jews, Italians, Irish and any other dispossesed group in the past. Most of the people working in these stores would trade that life for a government or corporate job in a heartbeat!

  • tony


    Your comment is very interesting and riddled with many inaccuracies. Let me see if I can help you out.

    --. Blacks used to run those stores until they and their kids could move into other areas of eceonomic life--just like the Jews, Italians, Irish and any other dispossesed group in the past.

    It’s a mistake to equate the black middle class to other minority groups when it comes to ownership. The reality is that other minorities values their culture, identity and way of life. They clearly understand that the lifeblood to the preservation of their culture, identity and way of life can only be realized through FINACIAL INDEPENDENCE. It’s this higher and more personal objective that inspires other minority groups to establish businesses and seek financial independence. In fact, there’s Jewish, Italian and other minority neighborhoods in this country which have been in existence for generations. And there are still there. Their small businesses are still there. Their venues celebrating their culture and heritage are still there. And, they would destroy anyone who dares to intervene. You see, unlike, too many in the black middles class, their view of a quality life extends well beyond the cheap façade of success.

    -- People who criticize the Black middle class seem to gloss over the fact that they are middle class and don't own or work in ghetto stores anymore BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE TO!!

    Anyone who believes that ownership of a business or property is a bad thing because it’s located in the “hood” is seriously mis-guided. Certainly, the very wealthy people in this country who owns tons of properties and businesses in the “hood” don’t hold that view. Clearly, the Chinese, Ethiopians and other minorities who are heavily invested in the “hood” don’t hold that view. The major corporations that invest millions and millions of dollars a year to open businesses in the “hood” don’t hold that view. The newcomers who came to this city who moved into the “hood” don’t hold that view. Ironically, the only ones who seem to hold that view is: You know who. Go and figure.

    -- Most of the people working in these stores would trade that life for a government or corporate job in a heartbeat!

    Don’t bet on this. Again, they are motivated by different
    values and this is the message to understand. Moreover, a government job or a position in someone else’s company is not what self-respecting people who are determined, motivated, focused and aspires to be great work towards.

    Let me share this bit of info with you. I know a lot of young black real estate professionals who are wealthy. I mean very wealthy. But they are conscience and they understand that some things are more important than making and having money. It all goes back to ones values.

  • http://orionadvert.com Susan Bodiker

    What about a community center that provided 24/7 access to classes, exercise, nutritional education, vocational training and other useful programs/services. For individuals working multiple jobs, easy access would be a great thing. Ditto childcare. Education and peer counseling are key to moving these neighborhoods forward. And encouraging local management would empower residents to take ownership of the facility and maybe scale it outward throughout the ward. It's not someone coming in and doing for them. It's people doing it for themselves.

    Sadly, dialysis centers are probably necessary but providing healthy options to prevent illness in the first place are in the long run a better use of community energies and investor funding.

  • tony


    You have the right advice and vision.

  • Corky

    Tony--Why don't you open a business over there and let me know how long you put up with getting shot at, burglarized and robbed. Or having your car vandalized. Your view of Black people is quite negative and your understanding of other minority groups is shortsighted. American Born Chinese and Koreans are not running to open stores in the hood. Maybe their parents did because they had no choice, but their kids are at Stanford and Berkley studying science, medicine and computer technology. Just like the kids of poor Italian immigrants and the kids of the Black families who had the opportunity to get the hell out of the hood. And you act like that's a bad thing. Jeez!

  • tony


    Apparently, we see the black community so differently. I don’t see poor areas of the black community as hopeless and worthless vestiges regardless of the many vices that exist there. I see it as a place of great potential and boundless possibilities. Moreover, I view it as the “birthplace” for so many successful black folks who have gone on to become trailblazers within the larger society.

    The notion that one should forget and abandoned the place they once call home because they have achieved some form of success is a notion I could never abide by.

    In fact, I believe that those who are the products of such communities have more an obligation to reach back and help to make those communities better for the generations to come than the owners of Starbucks or a Walmart.

    If you think for one minute that other minorities don’t see the value of owning businesses in the “hood” then you are not dealing with reality. Again, the values they were taught which included being self-sufficient is not just a generational thing whether they end up in an Ivy League School or the boardroom on Wall Street.

    There’s a reason why in TODAY’S society black folks are the biggest consumers while owning virtually nothing of any consequence. I suggest to you that such is due to a value system embraced by too many black folks which is completely antithetical to our long held values which helped so many of us to excel.

    Again, whether we call it the “hood”, “ghetto” or just the black community, it is and was the birthplace for most black folks in this country. And, we have the responsibility to keep it that way!

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