Grocery Store News: Harris Teeter to Finally Open in DC?

Harris Teeter has signed on to open a 50,000 square foot store at Constitution Square in the NoMa (North of Massachusetts Ave.) neighborhood in DC. But despite some reports that claim it will be the first in the district when it opens in 2010 or 2011, there are two other locations that have been scheduled to open for some time... and no dice.

We shopped at this North Carolina chain in college and were big fans. The stores are big, clean, and tend to have well-edited wine departments. HT already has several stores in the DC suburbs. Will DC finally get an upscale alternative to Safeway? The rumors started in 2004, when buzz began to build about a Harris Teeter opening on Capitol Hill. In 2005, the Washington Post reported on an Adams Morgan location and, three years later, blogs began to announce that the opening was imminent. It was set for last month, and the city even altered traffic patterns to prepare for the crowds.

Guess what? Still no Teeter. Now there's news of the NoMa store, which will be part of a mixed use redevelopment of the neighborhood. Construction starts this month.

Maybe the NoMa store has smoother sailing because it's revitalizing a neglected area, whereas the other stores were up against opposition from the established neighbors (there was a fight in Adams Morgan about the store selling alcohol)?

We hear that the Capitol Hill and Adams Morgan stores should open this summer.

Any DC residents have the final scoop?

(Image: Harris Teeter)

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