On Nov. 30, 2012, Anacostia’s only supermarket shut down. The Anacostia Warehouse Supermarket property had just been purchased by Vienna, Va.-based Good Hope Investments LLC. The man behind the LLC, investor Mossadaq Chughtai, told me at the time that his plan was to break up the store into smaller sites and attract national tenants who would bring some cachet to the neighborhood, which has struggled to attract quality retail.
Local advisory neighborhood commissioner Greta Fuller said she hoped Chughtai would bring another grocery store to the neighborhood, rather than something along the lines of a dialysis center, which wouldn’t serve the residents of a neighborhood already saturated with social and health services.
As it turns out, the neighborhood’s getting both.
Michael Neibauer reported the news this morning of a permit issued to convert nearly 11,000 square feet of the 20,000-square-foot former supermarket into a 15-station outpatient dialysis clinic.
Reached by phone, Chughtai confirms that he’s bringing in a dialysis center. But he says it will be a top-of-the-line center that will create 30 jobs. The center will be run by the German Fresenius Medical Care, which Chughtai says is investing $3 million in the project.
Chughtai says 7-Eleven has also signed a lease for a portion of the site. A Little Caesars pizzeria may also be on its way, he says.
A 7-Eleven and a pizzeria aren’t exactly a substitute for a supermarket in a neighborhood that now has none, but they will provide a few more food options for the neighborhood—-if not quite gourmet ones.
This post has been updated to include additional information from Chughtai.
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