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68% of the grocery stores in DC have opened since 2005

• As the city’s population has grown from 567,136 in 2005 to 693,972 today (22% growth), grocery store growth has been explosive; 34 of the 50 existing or announced groceries (68% growth) have opened since 2005 or have been announced to open through 2022. 

• Safeway currently has the largest presence with 13 locations across the city, followed by Giant with eight locations and Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods with six storefronts each. Since 2005, Trader Joe’s led with the most substantial expansion, followed by Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and Yes! Organic Market.

• Seven new groceries have been announced to open through 2022, four of which are expected to open in 2018.

• Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Streets Market are projected to open the most locations. The addition of Trader Joe’s in Market District as well as Streets Market in NoMa will help serve the Northeast, and the future Wegmans and Trader Joe’s will alleviate the large residential population of Upper Northwest.

• As population and number of groceries grow, food deserts are disappearing, but some areas remain under-grocered.

• Southeast DC has two of the most densely populated zip codes in the city, but only four grocery stores serve the area’s 130,000 residents; each grocery serves approximately 32,500 residents.

• The Logan Circle / U Street neighborhood has the highest concentration of groceries in the city with five grocery stores serving 38,000; each grocery store serves approximately 7,600 residents.

• Union Market, H Street, and NoMa have emerged as the new destination for grocers expanding in the District. Today, there are four groceries open and one on the way for 34,000 residents. Each grocery will serve approximately 6,800 residents.

• While grocery stores will continue to cluster around new development frontiers, the Northeast quadrant north of New York Avenue heading northward into emerging markets like the Rhode Island Avenue Row, Brookland, Bloomingdale and other neighborhoods are likely to see the most grocery growth ahead, aligning with city population forecasts.

Source: JLL Research

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