At the end of last year, the parent company of Superfresh grocery stores declared bankruptcy, meaning the closure of Super Fresh in Spring Valley. On listservs, residents of the moneyed neighborhood started organizing to bring Trader Joe’s as a replacement, and it turns out they may get their wish—or something equally good. Councilmember Mary Cheh emailed residents yesterday:


Two weeks ago, the parent company of Super Fresh announced that it intends to sell the Super Fresh location in Spring Valley as part of its bankruptcy restructuring. Many residents have been concerned about this news, worried that the neighborhood may lose its grocery store. As many seniors and families rely on this store, it is important that we keep a grocery store in Spring Valley. I have been in touch with Super Fresh and a number of other grocery stores about this issue. I am very pleased to share that several high-end grocery stores are presently vying for this location in bankruptcy court. The timeline for the court’s approval of the sale of the Super Fresh is unclear, but it seems very likely that Spring Valley will have an even nicer grocery store very soon.


Several high-end grocery stores competing for the location! Of course they are—according to census data, zip code 20016 is the second highest-income (and second-whitest) in the city, after 20007, which covers Georgetown. These people do their research.