Tuesday, February 24, 2009
the neighborhood supermarket
this new sign was just installed in December
Anacostia gets a lot of attention for being a "food desert". We often hear about how Safeway moved out, how McDonald's moved out (thank goodness), and the perception of it being easier to cross over to Capitol Hill or even Arlington to shop than to anything in our general neck of the woods.
we share a sort of bond over here in River East - perceived lack of services, bad reputations, unknown-ness... to the point where even a full-service grocery store within the bounds of actual Anacostia is overlooked as not real enough to get a mention.
much bigger than a corner convenience store
Enter the Anacostia Warehouse Supermarket. Located at the corner of Good Hope and 14th, the store is in the old Safeway space and carries pretty much everything for not-unreasonable prices.
there's a sort of 1970s retro style on the inside... (okay, this place could pass for a period movie set)
there's even a guy (viewable through the window) who prepares the selection of fresh-cut meats
loving the old school wax polish reference
yogurt, milk, eggs, somewhat obscured by a giant banner
...but ignore the browning ceiling tiles and wood-veneer paneling and focus on the fresh produce and surprisingly good selection all around.
i was most surprised to discover the wide selection of produce
and the general freshness, despite not-awesome interior decor
To state the obvious, this isn't a corporate owned and operated grocery store. The inside could use a redo (although I'd hate to lose the mod timewarp), but this is a true local business that's pretty great for what it is.
full disclosure: I had never stepped inside until I was touring Tufts University professor Parke Wilde around the neighborhood last fall and he suggested we stop inside. His write-up and other interesting food posts can be found on his U.S. Food Policy blog.
photos by DG-rad