Harris Teeter Is Days from Closing – No Answer Yet as to Why
by Hilary Russell
Posted January 11, 2021
Many Hill residents were surprised and disappointed to learn that Harris Teeter is closing their store in Jenkins Row, 1350 Potomac Avenue, SE. The 121 people employed here were not told the reason for this decision. A December 6 corporate press release cited only “careful consideration and strategic market review.” The media representative has not yet responded to questions on what factors were considered and whether the review centered on the new Safeway store at 14th Street, SE. Some Hill residents have opined that the competition between the two stores helped to assure higher-quality produce and service.
Harris Teeter’s original, projected closing date – on or before January 22 – is now January 15 for the grocery store and January 18 for the pharmacy. Outside signs refer customers to the Harris Teeter at 401 M Street, SE, less than a mile away, and to another store at 1201 First Street, NE, but nearby residents who don’t own a vehicle aren’t likely to consider these to be “convenient locations.”
The store opened in May 2008. The owner of the building, except for its condos, is Edens, a major retail real estate owner, operator and developer. Edens has regional offices in five states as well as in Union Market, where the company owns and has been developing numerous buildings.
Its Director of Communications and Public Relations quickly and courteously responded to the question on any plans for the soon-to-be vacated Harris Teeter space: “Nice to meet you. Unfortunately, I do not have any information to share at this time. Feel free to circle back in a few weeks.” Capitol Hill Corner will follow up and continue to inform the community.