Harris Teeter in NoMa (Photo via Flickr/John M.)(Updated at 4:30 p.m.) The Harris Teeter in NoMa is up and running again after mouse sightings and health violations.

The grocery store at 1201 1st St. NE reopened yesterday morning (Wednesday) after workers spent at least a week clearing shelves and sanitizing the store.

Harris Teeter is advertising a “customer appreciation sale” offering store card holders 10 percent off.

“The 10 percent discount was simply the right thing to do,” company spokeswoman Danna Jones said in an email. “Our shoppers were inconvenienced when we closed our doors, and we wanted to show them our appreciation for their patience with us.”

The store closed last Monday, Dec. 8, following sightings of mice by a District health inspector and customers. The District Department of Health cleared the store to reopen last Wednesday, but Harris Teeter opted to close and sanitize the store.

“Harris Teeter’s decision to voluntarily close was made so we could continue our efforts to be sure when we did reopen, your NoMa Harris Teeter would be operating at the highest standards possible,” Jones said.

Photo via Flickr/John M.


NoMa Harris Teeter

The Harris Teeter store in NoMa could open as early as Wednesday, a manager reached by phone said today (Monday) as a corporate representative declined to give a reopening date.

The 1201 1st St. store closed last Monday following sightings of mice by a District health inspector and customers. The District Department of Health cleared the store to reopen last Wednesday, but Harris Teeter opted to close and sanitize the store.

Employees could be seen working on restocking shelves this afternoon. Workers were stripping every case and shelf in the store to ensure that they meet the company’s pest control and sanitation standards,” company spokeswoman Danna Jones said.

“Any product that does not meet our strict quality guidelines will be discarded,” she wrote in an email.

The store pharmacy has remained open, letting customers pick up their prescriptions, Jones said.

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NoMa Harris Teeter (Photo via Flickr/John M)

The Harris Teeter store on 1st Street is closed indefinitely after a District health inspector and shoppers spotted mice.

A manager reached by phone today (Friday) said store officials are aiming to reopen the store early next week, but no firm date has been set.

In an email sent to customers, Harris Teeter said it is stripping every case and shelf in the store to “thoroughly clean, sanitize and restock product.” Products that don’t meet the store’s guidelines will be discarded.

“We are doing this out of an abundance of caution to ensure we are operating at the highest possible standards,” the store’s customer relations team wrote. They did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

The 1201 1st St. store closed Monday after a District Department of Health inspector found a live mouse in a storage container.

Inspectors found a number of violations, and saw three mice in a trap near a refrigerator, rodent feces on food equipment and flooring in the pizza area and on shelves in the bakery area.

Additionally, inspectors reported flies in the deli, produce and meat prep areas, unclean surfaces on cooking equipment in prep areas and containers of Oscar Meyer deli meats that were past the sell by date.

The store was cleared to reopen on Wednesday, but Harris Teeter chose to close and sanitize the store, a manager said, declining to provide his name.

NoMa resident Aisha van Ter Sluis spotted a mouse at the store on Wednesday night, shortly after Harris Teeter reopened. The local activist, who lives in an apartment above the store, was shopping when she saw a mouse scurry past her in the cereal aisle. She left her cart and walked out.

She said she had repeatedly seen vermin in the store since moving into the building in Feb. 2013. Despite the convenience of having the Harris Teeter an elevator ride away, she said she often opts to take the Red Line all the way to the Whole Foods in Tenleytown.

“You find bugs or you see a mouse and you say you’re never going back, but that lasts for two months, and then you slowly start to pick up a few things,” she said. “It’s just too convenient.”

What worries van Ter Sluis most is the idea that the vermin could get into her apartment building.

“If they have this huge warehouse infested with mice, how long until that gets to where we live?” she said.

Photo via Flickr/John M.


Navy Yard finally has a supermarket.

The Harris Teeter at 401 M St. SE opened Tuesday evening with a ribbon-cutting and a crowd eager to explore the bright store.

Offerings at the 50,000-square-foot market include a “make your own six-pack” selection of craft beers, a Starbucks, a wide selection of wines, heaps of organic and conventional produce, and a wall of frozen cakes.

Navy Yard resident Devon Jones said he and his mother, who uses a motorized wheelchair, were thrilled to get a grocery store close to home. They’re used to having to make a 20-minute trip to the Safeway near the Waterfront Metro station.

“Now we can just go across the street,” Jones, 25, said. “It makes a big difference.”

The store is crucial for Navy Yard as its population booms, Ward 6 City Councilman Tommy Wells said.

“This is one of the key amenities for any neighborhood to be successful,” he said about the store with a staff of 215.

Before Harris Teeter opened about 5:30 p.m., store director Tim Porch presented oversized checks of $5,000 each to Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and Jan’s Tutoring House, and thanked locals for their patience during construction.

Shoppers said the store’s prices seemed comparable to competitors’.


(Photo via Facebook/Unleashed by Petco)The transformation of The Yards is hitting a high point — four businesses have opened in the development or will open there in the next three weeks.

Harris Teeter: The area’s first grocery store is set to open Nov. 4. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with samples is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., the company’s website says. Located at 1212 4th St. SE, the store will include a Starbucks and a pharmacy.

Unleashed by Petco: This smaller, more upscale version of the ubiquitous pet store is slated to open within the 42-acre Yards complex on Nov. 3. It will be found at 300 Tingey Street SE.

Willie’s Brew And Que: A new barbecue restaurant led by Hell’s Kitchen’s Rahman “Rock” Harper and his brother opened Oct 17 at 300 Tingey Street SE. They told Hill Now they have had lines out the door for their brisket, pulled pork, Korean-style wings and extensive list of beers.

Vida Fitness: The high-end fitness club opened its doors on Oct. 18 at 1212 4th St. SE. The facility boasts a pool, four fitness studios, a spa and a hair salon.

These businesses are just one part of Forest City’s plans for the Yards. A set of businesses including the salad spot Sweetgreen, Ice Cream Jubilee and the Korean barbecue taco restaurant TaKorean opened this year. The Spanish tapas chain 100 Montaditos will open next to Bluejacket, according to the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District.


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