Saturday, January 20, 2007
Trader Joe's meets the District
I just made my weekly trip to Trader Joe's to replenish my collection of wines costing $3 or less. This is the new one at Foggy Bottom, the only one in DC, as far as I know. It's usually bustling, but tonight it was cheek to jowl. Slowly I realized the people I was running into in the dairy section were waiting to checkout, with the line stretching all around the interior perimeter of the store. No one was pissed off. At the Sandanista Safeway, everyone's pissed off. It gets tense when the line exceeds 5 people. If you're listening, Trader Joe's, please open another fucking store in the District. You're the best thing that's happened to this city. I often ponder where your next location should be, figuring your demographic is cheap bastards like myself who aren't opposed to well run franchises. Stay away from Mt. Pleasant, which has a slew of highly competitive bodegas offering excellent produce. Your best bet is Adams Morgan, or 14th and U. Your third location should be at 10th and Pennsylvania, the new condos going up next to Cato.