Posts Tagged ‘fairlawn’

The Latest in the Yes! Renaming Saga

A new year, a new twist in the story of the Yes! Organic Market east of the Anacostia River. First came the news that the Fairlawn store was closing after more than two years of heavy losses, despite a $900,000 grant from the city. Then, Yes! owner Gary Cha changed course and decided to keep [...]

Fairlawn Yes! Closes Today, Will Reopen as Conventional Grocery by Dec. 22

The Yes! Organic Market on Pennsylvania Avenue SE in Fairlawn is closing today and will reopen as a conventional grocery store by Dec. 22.
Yes! owner Gary Cha announced last month that he'd be closing the store in December after more than two years of heavy losses. Then, last week, he changed course and said he'd [...]


Here's some puzzling news: The Yes! Organic Market in Fairlawn that was set to close this month amid more than two years of heavy losses will remain open under a new name, "Healthy Gourmet Market."
According to the Post's Jonathan O'Connell, Yes! owner Gary Cha was persuaded by conversations with neighbors, city officials, and his landlord to [...]

More on the City’s $900,000 Grant to the Closing Yes!

My column today looks at the upcoming closure of the only Yes! Organic Market east of the Anacostia River and its implications for future retail in the area. But due to space constraints, I wasn't able to delve too deeply into the history of the $900,000 grant the city provided in 2010 for Yes! owner [...]

The Organic Verses

There were just two shoppers at the Yes! Organic Market in Fairlawn last Friday afternoon. Entire aisles of refrigerated shelves were empty and dark, never to be refilled.
“This is the healthiest place to go,” said Lachuna Johnson, 24, who lives near Good Hope Road SE in Anacostia. “The other places have more artificial food. Today, [...]

Chipotle Responds

Amid listserv chatter about boycotting Chipotle for giving Fairlawn the cold shoulder–even turning down the offer of free rent–a community member asked the burrito chain to explain itself. Chipotle's response is below.
Thank you for writing us! We've been watching this area for about three years now, and we're really happy to see the area changing. [...]