Whole Foods Signs Lease For Navy Yard

by UrbanTurf Staff

Earlier rendering from W.C. Smith BZA application

At Monday night’s ANC 6D meeting, Brad Fennell of W.C. Smith announced that his firm has a signed lease with Whole Foods for 800 New Jersey Ave SE (map). The lease is tacit confirmation of rampant talk that the high-end grocer was planning to open in the Navy Yard, about six blocks north of the ballpark.

Fennell was quick to note that this is not an official announcement by Whole Foods itself, who did not have anyone in attendance. The corporation is expected to make an announcement of its own in November.

Still, attendees at the meeting treated it as confirmation enough; the room started clapping when Fennell delivered the news.

“We do have a signed lease, and we are going to be moving forward,” he said.

Excitement surrounding Whole Foods is not merely residents’ hunger for a grocery store in a neighborhood without one. Of all grocery store possibilities, Whole Foods in particular is seen as a catalyst for nascent or transitional neighborhoods. The location on P Street in Logan Circle, for example, is credited with locking in and accelerating the dramatic turnaround of that neighborhood 13 years ago.

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  1. Ranada said at 10:21 am on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    The Navy Yard development that included the Harris Teeter is finally making progress, but I haven’t heard much about the plans for that grocery store lately.  Are they still planning to open?  Is the Whole Foods going in instead of Harris Teeter?  It seems strange that two high end grocers would open so close together.  A little more info to tie the plans for development in the area together would be helpful.

  1. Johnny said at 10:30 am on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    I find is strange as well that they’re having 2 grocery stores within blocks of each other.  I think the Harris Teeter is going farther south on New Jersey Ave. and according to this article the Whole Foods will be right beneath the Freeway.

  1. Jake said at 11:00 am on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    The Teeter isn’t on NJ Ave.  Teeter is going in at 4th and M Streets SE, so it’s close to here, but they’re not right on top of each other. Construction on that is well underway, see: http://www.jdland.com/dc/file-view.cfm?filename=2013/4m-25-4i-201309-2-noi.jpg

  1. PCC said at 11:49 am on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    They’re half a mile walking distance from one another (WFM will be at ~1st & H SE, HT will be at 4th & M SE). No closer than supermarkets throughout the city, e.g., HT & Giant in NoMa/H St.

    Besides, WFM is intended to draw primarily from the Hill and from people driving by on I-395/I-695.

  1. Catherine Ranger said at 12:57 pm on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    The Whole Foods in Friendship Heights is three blocks from a Giant. I don’t think proximity is an issue for them.

  1. Zesty said at 2:46 pm on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    IMO, the target market for Harris Teeter and Whole Foods aka Whole-Paycheck are different. I’ve illustrated below:

    Trader Joes/Safeway = Wanna be Ballers…

    Harris Teeter/Eastern-Market = Shot-callers…

    Whole Foods = Rollin’ in the Benz with the Spoiler

  1. about time said at 2:48 pm on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    Many city grocers are near one another. Whole Foods is a specialty grocer carrying selections and brands commercial grocery stores do not.

  1. Zesty said at 3:59 pm on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    “Many city grocers are near one another. Whole Foods is a specialty grocer carrying selections and brands commercial grocery stores do not”....the only place where this statement rings true is WholePaycheck’s Meat & Fish department, they genuinely have better quality meats/fish. Everything else you can find at Trader Joe’s or Safeway.

  1. C said at 4:12 pm on Wednesday October 23, 2013:

    Zesty, thanks for your take on outlining the target markets for each set…hilarious!

  1. Alia said at 10:26 am on Wednesday October 30, 2013:

    Hooray!! SO thrilled that we’ll finally have a WF on the east side! Anyone know what kind of a timeline we’re looking at for WF to open?

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