Last week commenter Downtown Dave left an intriguing comment regarding the Jefferson Court building at K and Thomas Jefferson St. GM linked to a WBJ article stating that JBG, the new owner of the building, was considering adding first floor retail to the building. Downtown Dave added:
I have heard that the JBG folks are talking to Harris Teeter about putting a grocery store there… Not a done deal but a very real possibility.
GM checked with JBG and didn’t hear back. But that’s no reason not to idly speculate!
This would obviously be a huge development for lower Georgetown. There are about 2,000 residents that live south of M St. and they would likely become loyal customers. But beyond this group and perhaps the lower East Village residents, it’s tough to see where Harris Teeter would draw customers to this store. North Georgetowners would probably stick with the Safeway. To the east, Foggy Bottom residents have Trader Joe’s and a brand new Whole Foods. Finally to the south, well, there’s a river.
Skepticism aside, this would be a nice statement supporting the idea that not all large scale retail in Georgetown needs to cater to visitors.