Trader Joe’s seeks alcohol license for planned Glover Park location

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The Trader Joe's will be part of a mixed-use development underway at 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, a former Holiday Inn. (Brian Kapur/The Current/October 2017)
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The Glover Park community offered widespread support for a new Trader Joe’s store there, after the grocery chain confirmed long-swirling rumors that it would occupy the ground level of a new development at 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Last month, Trader Joe’s applied for a license to sell beer and wine, as well as alcohol tastings, at its new Glover Park store. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B (Glover Park, Cathedral Heights) discussed the plans at an Oct. 12 meeting, in advance of a planned vote on the application next month.

The new Trader Joe’s will be part of The Glover House, a development that’s under construction now at the old Holiday Inn property. The building will be completed in 2019, though Perry Zettersten, regional vice president of Trader Joe’s, told residents that the grocery’s opening date isn’t yet available.

The new Trader Joe’s would be part of The Glover House, a mixed-use development at 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (rendering courtesy of JBG Smith)

Once the store opens, Trader Joe’s plans to sell alcohol during its full operating hours, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Aside from beverage samples, on-site alcohol consumption would be prohibited. Two other grocery stores operate within a 1-mile radius of the planned Trader Joe’s: Safeway at 1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW, and Whole Foods at 2323 Wisconsin (which is closed for the foreseeable future).

John Green and Jim Lang — residents of a condo building at 2111 Wisconsin Ave. NW next to the planned Trader Joe’s — raised some concerns about the proposal, asking Trader Joe’s representatives at the meeting about delivery protocol, trash pickup and pest control. But Green and Lang also offered some words of support for the planned grocery store.

“On behalf of the vast majority of people in our building, which has 162 units, welcome to you,” Green said at the meeting.

According to Zettersten, the company’s area stores typically receive two deliveries a day from trucks up to 50 feet in length — one for dry products and the other for refrigerated goods, along with sporadic alcohol deliveries. Trucks would remain on-site at The Glover House for 30 to 60 minutes, Zettersten said at the meeting.

The Glover House is a mixed-use development replacing the old Glover Park Holiday Inn. (rendering courtesy of JBG Smith)

In an interview, ANC 3B chair Jackie Blumenthal voiced support for the project.

“We are not opposed. … However, the neighbors of Trader Joe’s have some concerns, and Trader Joe’s is being very cooperative, so we will be working with them to incorporate some conditions on our approval,” Blumenthal said. “We’re all basically on the same page.”

ANC 3B invited residents to provide feedback on Trader Joe’s alcohol license application before the commission’s scheduled vote on Nov. 2. The deadline to protest the proposal to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is Nov. 13.

Trader Joe’s has three D.C. locations — 1101 25th St. NW, 1914 14th St. NW and a new Capitol Hill store at 750 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. In addition to the store planned in Glover Park, another location is slated for 1240 4th St. NE as part of a new apartment building at Union Market.