It was announced this morning that Trader Joe’s has signed a letter of intent to open a 10,000 SF grocery store at The Wharf. The grocer will be located along Maine Avenue in Parcel 4A, which is the ground level of a planned mixed income apartment building. This will be the third Trader Joe’s to open in the District following the ones in the West End and the recently-opened store at 14th and U streets, NW. Currently, Safeway is the only grocery store located south of the freeway and west of the river, but by later this year, it will be joined by Harris Teeter (located in Near SE/Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront), a Whole Foods in 2016 (also on the other side of South Capitol Street) and Trader Joe’s at The Wharf in 2017. Trader Joe’s wouldn’t have considered the area for a new store only a couple years ago, but with news of a Whole Foods and Harris Teeter coming nearby and the slew of residential construction activity, the grocer reconsidered and now wants to be on the waterfront, according to a prepared statement by a Trader Joe’s representative.
While most of the retail space along the new Wharf Street at The Wharf will be reserved for restaurants, Maine Avenue was designed to contain neighborhood-oriented retail and Trader Joe’s fits the bill. In order to accommodate the grocer, DDOT is considering placing one of the planned streetcar stops that will run along Maine Avenue at the intersection of 7th Street and Maine Avenue, so the stop will be as close to the grocery store as possible.
Note: Don’t forget that today is Primary Election Day in DC…and that this sentence is the only one in this post that isn’t a joke.
Rendering courtesy of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront