According to Councilmember Jim Graham, the Richmond-based organic food store recently ended its two-year flirtation with the DCUSA location—and will lose about a million dollars in breaking its agreements.
“I was the one who sent them there,” said Graham, noting that they’d first asked him about the 14th Street location now occupied by Yes! Organic. “Little did I know how conservative, really timid, they would be come…they’re going to pay for this very bad decision.”
Graham expressed confidence that another organic grocer could be found to occupy the space; discussions are already underway with “a whole group of them.”
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m. – Ellwood Thompson’s tells TBD that they haven’t bailed on the CoHi spot. “I don’t know why Jim Graham is saying this. We are not in default. We continue to work with the landlord to make this happen,” said owner Richard Hood.
UPDATE, Saturday 9:35 a.m. – Graham reiterates that he has spoken with Drew Greenwald, president of DCUSA owner Grid Properties, who says that Ellwood Thompson’s is “in default four times to the tune of $1 million.” “We don’t know what Mr. Hood is talking about,” Graham says.
Calls and emails to Ellwood Thompson’s have not been returned.