The future site of the Whole Foods
The future site of the Whole Foods

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A rendering of the Whole Foods coming to H Street NE

Back in June, I reported on the widespread rumor that a Whole Foods supermarket was coming to the H Street NE site currently occupied by Murry’s grocery store and H St. Self Storage. At the time, Trent Smith of Insight Property Group, which is developing the site, confirmed that Insight had been in discussions with Whole Foods but couldn’t say anything more about the store’s potential arrival.

But now the rumors are confirmed. Whole Foods has signed a lease for the space at 600 H St. NE. The store will be 38,000 square feet and has a target opening date of late 2016. The development will also include 430 housing units.

“This new Whole Foods Market at 6th and H will be more than a store. It will create a gathering place and a retail anchor at the heart of the community for years to come,” says Insight’s Richard Hausler in a statement. “That’s what ‘five minute living’ means—-walking distance to everything.”

The Whole Foods joins a growing array of grocery options in the vicinity. Giant opened a 41,000-square-foot store just three blocks away in May. Just two weeks ago, Whole Foods announced that it was opening a store in the Navy Yard area on New Jersey Avenue SE, less than two miles from the H Street store. The Walmart at 1st and H streets NW—-seven blocks from the new Whole Foods—-is expected to open before year’s end, with an ample grocery section. A Yes! Organic Market was also planned for H Street NE, but those plans fell through in July.

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