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Concessions Granted, Clarendon Trader Joe’s Moves Forward

by ARLnow.com — November 17, 2010 at 4:56 am 4,280 96 Comments

Trader Joe’s fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Last night the county board granted the grocery store chain the site plan amendments it sought as a condition of moving into the new Clarendon Center development.

The changes will allow Trader Joe’s to reserve underground parking spaces for customers and shopping carts, utilize the loading dock from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and allow an outdoor display of merchandise.

“I’m very happy to take this vote,” County Board Chairman Jay Fisette said, shortly before members voted 5-0 to approve the amendments without modifications. “It’s about time Trader Joe’s figured out what a great market Arlington is.”

Should the board have denied the site plan amendments, Trader Joe’s indicated it would have walked away from the deal. Instead, following the vote, a Trader Joe’s rep told the board to expect a Summer 2011 opening date.

Most of the handful of residents who spoke out about Trader Joe’s at last night’s board meeting expressed support for the proposed store. Some, however, had specific concerns as well.

Those concerns included the noise from delivery trucks idling, the practicality of the reserved parking scheme, whether validated parking will be abused, the potential for predatory towing in the parking garage and worries about the outdoor product display. In the end, the board discussed but did not specifically act on the concerns.

Fisette and county staff noted that Arlington has a explicit policy of modifying regulations in order to attract grocery stores.

  • Aaron

    From the county press release: “Citing the importance of bringing a grocery store to the heart of one of Arlington’s most vibrant urban villages, the County Board approved site plan modifications to accommodate a Trader Joe’s in the nearly completed Clarendon Center.”
    Pardon me if I’m mistaken, but from the front door of the Trader Joe’s site, isn’t it about 5 blocks West to Giant, and 3 blocks East to Whole Foods? I don’t mind the addition, but would rather they came to the 2201 Pershing project, or even the Garfield park site, if it could support it. But I really don’t understand the county board trying to convince themselves like this…

    • Frog

      Trader Joe’s chose the site. The County doesn’t “tell” grocery stores where to open. The Pershing Drive project has barely even broke ground (if that), it would be several more years before TJ’s could even be up and running.

    • NorthAdams

      Arlington has one of the lowest ratios of supermarkets to people in the COUNTRY. We are so wealthy but we have minimal and horrible supermarkets.
      We need at least 20-30 MORE full service supermarkets to properly serve us.

      • Heights

        Says who?

        http://maps.ers.usda.gov/FoodAtlas

        Arlington is toward the top of the pack nationally. And has 22 households without a car who are more than a mile from a store. Seems like we’re well served to me.

    • SoCo Resident

      Aron,
      The new Pershing Dr. project on the old Lee Shopping Center site in the SoCo neighborhood has allocated space for a small grocery the size of Trader Joe’s. Obviously, it won’t be Trader Joes. Since Equity residential also owns the aging Sheffield Courts Apts., it behooves Equity to have a market to serve their hundreds of rental apartments. ( A few years ago, Equity proposed but withdrew a proposal for three 3 story apt. towers on the Sheffield site.) Replacement of Sheffield is a given, as may be replacement of the Washington-Lee Apts, also in the still condoless SoCo neighborhood. A good existing grocery would be a big draw for renters.

      South of Courthouse, SoCo, the triangle neighborhood” N. 10th St, Wsh&Arl blvds-

      • Clarendude

        Ideally, there would be a decent, small-format grocer every 0.5 miles or so. At least in areas where you want people to have a car-optional lifestyle. Many companies, including Wal-Mart are exploring the small format, urban grocer. Some people will always want to go to a Costco or whatever and load up their SUV with 3 months supply of everything but those really don’t need to be within walking distance. Quick search found this blog entry on small format grocers

        http://freshneasybuzz.blogspot.com/2008/03/small-format-grocery-store-revolution.html

        • SoCo Resident

          As Clarendude notes, there is a small urban grocery store movement in the U.S. and the inner suburbs are ripe spots for them. Don’t rule out a Walmart in Arlington: visit the new WalMart “Urban Store” in Alexandria shoved into an old National Wholesalers Merchandisers store next to a ChuckECheese. Half food and half merchandize to get in under most big box store prohibitions, the aisles are very narrow, the shelves high. Walmart told their suppliers to come up with compressed packaging. In DC, Walmart has purchased the corner of Bladenberg and N.Y Ave. for a new store. Target, now in the food business, is also experimenting with smaller urban stores.
          -South of Courthouse, SoCo, the neighborhood triangle: N. 10th, Wash&Arl blvds.-

      • Lala

        Do you work for Equity? You mentioned them a lot in your posts.

      • Jezebel

        WTF? West of The Fort Myer? Is that where you live?

  • RestonRunner86

    There were “concerns” over displaying products along the sidewalk? Seriously? I said this in a prior related thread, but I’ll say it again. We should ENCOURAGE businesses to make as efficient use of the sidewalks in front of their properties as possible to create a more interesting, unique, and exciting pedestrian experience. Where I’m moving to in Pittsburgh there’s a neighborhood called the Strip District where on weekends the sidewalks are packed to the gills with all sorts of merchants and peddlers offering baked goods, t-shirts, ethnic foods, books, plants, etc. People come from all over to partake in the experience. I would love to see much more pedestrian-oriented offerings in the Ballston/Rosslyn Corridor, and I think that would truly help to make Arlington feel less sterile and more “cozy”.

    • Runaway Train

      Agree!

    • Clarendude

      I wouldn’t characterize what happened at the meeting as much expression of ‘concern’. I can only remember one speaker that mentioned it negatively and he seemed to have a primary agenda of getting TD to locate somewhere else in Arlington. Chris Zimmerman openly praised county staff for finding a way to legally approve these outdoor displays and encouraged them to apply the method to more place and for things such as the A-frame signs.

    • KalashniKEV

      “sidewalks are packed to the gills with all sorts of merchants and peddlers offering baked goods, t-shirts, ethnic foods, books, plants, etc.”

      I’m sorry, but that sounds like some kind of horrific souq or a bazaar or a gypsy camp. There need to be regulations to keep it classy.

      • Jacques

        Actually, the Strip District is one of the greatest shopping experiences in the U.S., IMO, and it is largely because of the vibrant environment encouraged by the shops and sidewalk vendors.

        On the other hand, the prices at Strip District outlets are roughly half what they are anywhere in the DC area, so the likelihood of replicating that would be quite low, indeed.

      • RestonRunner86

        As Jacques already pointed out the Strip District has traditionally been quite popular and will only continue to improve as more of the surrounding hulking old warehouses are converted into loft housing, providing more readily-available customers. The vendors may not be hawking Vivaldi CDs, Starbuck’s lattes, and cuff links, but for the typical middle-class person it’s a pretty neat thing to experience on a Saturday morning; shopkeepers get to lure passers-by into their businesses by putting “teasers” out front to pique their curiosities. I don’t want to derail this thread to yammer on about Pittsburgh, a city most on here probably either couldn’t care less about because (gasp) only 1/3 of the city’s residents are college-educated or because they still believe it is the “pit of economic despair” it may have been in the 1990s, but if you super-imposed the lively street life of the Strip District atop the Orange Line Corridor between Ballston and Clarendon, perhaps, you’d have a much more “hip” and “happening” place to be. I’ve walked paralleling the Orange Line before from Downtown DC all the way to West Falls Church, and a good stretch of the Corridor through Arlington could benefit greatly from more lively sidewalk activity. The Strip District is pure “grit” all around—lots of hulking distressed warehouses and old brick buildings abound; however, when tastefully accompanied by street life most people turn a blind eye to the blight.

        • KalashniKEV

          I just googled “Strip District” in Pittsburgh and it looks like a nightmare.

          • RestonRunner86

            http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/24stripvis.aspx

            ^ Read more if you dare. One man’s “nightmare” is another man’s “treasure.” Hell, I think Fairfax County is a giant sprawling hemorrhoid with no soul or character, but everyone around me loves the place.

    • A-go-go

      Remember when DC used to have a “strip district” before the baseball stadium was built?

  • boo

    i guess i need to learn more about the parking end of the deal. over the past 20 or so years, i have watched clarendon turn from an easily-accessible place to visit independent stores to condo-hell where you cannot park easily anywhere to enjoy predominantly chain-store experiences. i like TJs as much as the next person, but i don’t think this will change my needing to schlep down to Bailey’s Xroads if i want to patronize it.

    how much parking is available here? as an arlington resident, the thought of another place where i have to actually fight to park (i don’t live in walking distance and i shop for a family of four) is not appealing. i understand the laudable goal of building up some along the orange line in order for folks to take better advantage of metro, but it has gotten out of hand, to the point that people not within walking distance of clarendon metro really can’t partake of a lot of what that area might offer without dealing with serious parking stress. there are *so many* other places in arlington county that could successfully house a TJs and with much better parking options. i’m a bit disgusted and dismayed by this. sigh.

    • Frog

      If you read yesterday’s update, you will get reserved, validated parking.

    • Westover

      boo, the only reason that you could find parking in Clarendon so easily 10-20 years ago was that so many stores had left the neighborhood that their lots and the lots that had been cleared of them were there to park in while there were so many fewer destinations attracting cars. The fact that it is hard to find parking is an indication of how good, not bad, things have become for Clarendon businesses and residents. It would be nice however to get more parking, Arlington planners should look at Bethesda’s public lots for inspiration.

      • ArlingtonFan

        Agreed! The Bethesda public parking lots should be a model for Arlington.

    • Vinh An Nguyen

      I don’t get this whining about parking in Clarendon. I never, ever have any problems when I drive there. Of course, I don’t expect to park right in front of my destination and I don’t mind walking a block or two to get there.

    • Eponymous Coward

      But it is the increased population density along the Orange Line corridor that drives the demand for more grocery stores. People *live* in all that ‘condo-hell.’ They aren’t metro-ing to the store; they live upstairs. If all Trader Joe’s wanted was tons of parking, they could build in the Mojave Desert. You put your store by the people.

  • g_clifford_prout

    Keep all the ugly discount stores in South Arlington where the poor people really need them. South Arlington deserves their Food Rite, yea North Arlington for scoring TJ.

    • Skeptical

      I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not, given the tenor of commentary on this site, but unless you define poor as making less than a six-figure income, there are quite a few people in South Arlington who have plenty to spend in a clean food store and would really like something better than the typical “Food Rite” type place, whose “discount values” tend to mean watering down the dish detergent to fill more bottles with less soap, and selling tissues and paper towels so flimsy you need to use twice as much. Even “poor people” can usually see through this.

      What we don’t have here is the Metro, which apparently has the County Board mesmerized — if you don’t live near it, you don’t count, and you definitely don’t get to walk to a nice grocery. Brochures promoting the “vibrancy” of Arlington to convention planners or urban design award committees just aren’t going to show a quiet neighborhood block of modest houses, so until we let them tear up Columbia Pike for Mr. Zimmerman’s toy train, most of us south of 50 can just get in our cars and drive as if there were no such thing as an “urban village.” Feh.

      • Josh S

        This is your typical self-contradictory blather. On the one hand, complaining about a lack of options in South Arlington. Linking that complaint to the fact that Metro stations attract development. Then, ridiculing a serious attempt to bring fixed rail transportation to South Arlington, in large part to attract development. Makes no sense.
        Yea for the trolley. Yea for Trader Joe’s. Yea for the new, upscale Giant opening in South Arlington next year.
        Yes, traffic is annoying but it’s also a clear sign that there is something worth going to in that location. I think traffic / parking complainers need to get over it. We live in the center of a multi-million soul metro area. There is GOING TO BE TRAFFIC.
        I also never have problems parking in Clarendon. Drive an extra block or two. Use the very cheap or free lots. It’s not rocket science.

        • AllenB

          +1

        • SportsFan

          +2

        • Bluemonter

          +10

          • jan

            agree

        • Skeptical

          Do we have to have rail transit nearby for the county to make an effort to make Columbia Pike attractive to a decent grocery chain?

          Safeway goes away from Arlington Mill, both Safeway and Giant are closed for any length of time you care to mention in Columbia Heights, and in between Baileys and Pentagon Row we’re left with one “bargain” food chain that smells like used diapers. (It used to be a decent enough place, but in recent years I’d be afraid to eat anything that came out of there.)

          We have BUSES EVERY FIVE MINUTES ALONG THE PIKE. Any retail chain ought to consider that a good customer traffic zone. Why does it have to be rail, rail, rail, promising eighteen months of gridlock before this miracle trolley appears?

          • Thes

            Because development is fixed to the ground and buses aren’t. So people will invest in more homes and better businesses where they see the government has made a commitment that can’t just be washed away the next time the Tea Party takes control of government and re-routes or defunds the buses. Roads and rail are permanent community investments, bus routes are not. Once the cycle starts (residents move in, then businesses, then more residents, then more businesses) the transportation investment becomes more and more efficient, and the community becomes self-improving and self-sustaining.

          • Lou

            Be careful throwing around the word permanent. Arlington has a history of abandoning rail.

          • South Arlington

            Yes, the installation of the trolley IS the attempt by the County Board to make Columbia Pike attractive to retailers and grocery stores. It’s not their job or within their powers to dictate and compel a high end grocery store or any grocery store to open on the Pike. It’s up to the grocery chains – complain to them.

            There have been Route 16 PikeRide buses for years now and it hasn’t done anything to attract new businesses. Only the promise of the trolley has gotten us new businesses, the Halstead building and the Penrose Town Center development along with its modern Giant store.

            On one hand you complain incessantly about the “miracle trolley” and “Zimmerman’s toy train”, and on the other you complain that we only have crappy stores and no decent grocery along the Pike. Maybe you can put 2 and 2 together and realize that the trolley you so deride will bring these businesses to the Pike. Or you can keep on self-contradicting yourself.

          • charlie

            wasn’t there just a posting about the history of trollies in Arlington? yeah, they were all over the place. not here anymore. Guess that wasn’t premanent.
            and then there was a time when all the bus lines were also private. A&B, B&W, and such but then the great idea was to create METRO and consolidate all bus service. and now here are the whims of people going back to all these small lines that don’t have consolidated routes. DASH in Alexandria teases you to Shirlington Circle but won’t go to Shirlington. And ART teases you the Baileys Xroads but doesn’t serve the BUSINESSES there.

          • Arl2

            Who is paying for the trolley? Curious minds want to know…

          • Noted

            There are a large of military and military retiree households that purchase their groceries at the Ft. Meyer/Henderson Hall base. Many live in South Arlington neighborhoods. I think this constituency needs to be included since BRAC moves appear to be delayed.

    • Runaway Train

      Your referencing one bad intersection at S. George Mason and Columbia Pike. S. Arlington has several good grocery stores already or currently under construction. The Harris Teeter in Shirlington, the Giant on Glebe Rd (that shopping center is currently getting a high-end renovation), and the new Giant that is under construction on Columbia Pike in Penrose Square scheduled to open in early summer 2011.

      • MikeyinCrystalC

        Don’t forget the other HT’s at Pentagon Row and Crystal City.

        • G

          The Food Star at the corner of S George Mason and Columbia Pike is actually not all that bad. I admit it took me a while to finally give it a chance as I live equidistant from this Food Star, the Giant in Falls Church and the Harris Teeter in Shirlington, but once I did, I was pleasantly surprised. The fresh fruit and vegetables are very large and and cheap, and the meat costs less than half the price of what they charge at Harris Teeter.. I happened to run into my old landlord from Ballston when I went for a visit once who said she shops there for the fresh produce. It also has a variety of tasty latin american ingredients you wont find elsewhere, along with the normal stuff you get at Harris Teeter. I regularly see the owner/manager walking around, and is very friendly. Also, if you spend more than I think $100 they let you take a free 2 liter bottle of soda on your way out… I don’t drink soda normally but it’s a nice gesture I never see at the other chain stores. Moral of the story: don’t judge a book by its cover.

          • YoBimbo

            Thanks for the heads-up, G. I drive by there all the time. I’ll check it out.

        • alebt

          I agree there were better places in Arlington to host the Trader Joes. (Crystal City?)
          I think the Harris Teeter in Shirlington is hard to shop in. It is crowded and two level. The parking at most times I have been (day and evening) is tough. The entrance near the library is not well lit and the pedestrian walkway paint has already faded to barely visible. If there haven’t been any collisions at the entrance, I would be surprised. The shopping there is scaled to apartment dwellers which is fine. As a South Fairlington resident, I am lucky to be near Bradlee in Alexandria.

          • Frog

            AGAIN, THE COUNTY DOES NOT TELL GROCERY STORES WHERE TO GO. Believe it or not, the private market takes care of much of that. If TJ’s wanted to go to Crystal City, or Columbia Pike, or your neighbor’s back yard, there is nothing stopping them if a particular zoning district allows grocery stores (hint: most commercial districts do). Bug Trader Joe’s if you want one in your neighborhood, but don’t blame the county government for not “putting one in your neighborhood”.

          • Jezebel

            Harris Teeter in Arlington is as likely to be 2-story (N. Glebe, Shirlington) as one-story (Lee-Harrison and Pentagon City). No big deal. Here’s a tip, in case you hadn’t figured it out yet: you live in a city. No it ain’t Manhattan, but this is not east bumpluck either.

        • Thirsty

          Touché, well played.

    • Piker

      Proud to live in South Arlington. And I probably make more money than you. Stop dissing us!

      • SoArlRes

        +1. I like South Arlington just fine. Commenters north of Route 50 who never venture south seem to have a misguided impression of us “poor” folk down here. Wait a few years, and if you’re still living in Arlington, come on down and visit us – bet you’ll like what you see.

        • Arlington, Northside

          South Arlington is like DC, pockets of awesomeness a block or two away from pockets of decay, but in a few years the decay will have been gentrified and there will no longer be anywhere for the working class to live in the county, even in the southside. :(

          • Lush Rimbald

            With the Republican plan to turn the US into a third world country almost complete, this won’t be an issue much longer.

          • Arlington, Northside

            The Republican plan is to make the US all into Rodeo Drive, the Tea Party Plan is to make it into a WalMart that only sells US made goods “for the regular people”, the Democratic plan is to make one percent of the people cover the costs for the other ninty-nine to live like the Republican plan calls for, and the Gree Party just wants to tear up all the roads and plant hemp and medical marijuana. ;)

            This is not a Political Party debate. It is just the way economical cycles go. And right now we seem to be in the spin cycle….

          • Jezebel

            Oh puh-leeeeeeze. As if N. Arlington doesn’t have its sketchy parts. Buckingham, anyone? Halls Hill and High View Park? That cluster-mess known as West of The Fort (WTF!) Myer, which one numbnut is trying to christen as SoCo?

      • KalashniKEV

        +1

        There are some very well paid gentlemen living in South Arlington, especially out West on Columbia Pike. There has been explosive growth in their sector (Semi-Pro Street Pharmacy) since the recent downturn of the economy and the lax enforcement of the law by ACPD. Walking down there late at night is truly a “Vibrant Experience.”

        = )

    • JamesE

      This guy must drive a 3 series bmw.

  • The Mothership

    I dig Food Star too.

  • DT

    Congrats to Trader Joes. You’ve convinced a buncha morons that you’re not just a corporate chain. I guess if you sell a lot of organic and vegan food, the usual idiots will line up to slurp it down. Fisette’s quote is comical.

    • Evan

      Dude, have you ever been to TJ? Before you run around the internet calling people “morons” willy nilly, you should familiarize yourself with basic facts: (1) TJ sells very little organic food; (2) TJ sells no more vegan food than any other supermarket; (3) Most TJ food is really, really cheap — in most cases cheaper than a regular supermarket; (4)Much of their food (particularly frozen food) is exponentially better than what you find at a typical supermarket.

      In any event, my point is that you are wrong to conflate TJ with Whole Foods.

      Also, what’s the deal with the commenters on this site who deride Clarendon’s “hipsters” in “skinny jeans.” Where are these mythical Arlington hipsters? Do you people understand that hipsters HATE Arlington? Do you even understand what a hipster is? (hint: not all people between the ages of 22 and 30 are hipsters). Clarendon rivals Georgetown as the most obnoxiously preppy place in DC’s urban core.

      • Snoop Catty Cat

        Georgetown is more ghetto than preppy.

        • JD32

          If by ghetto you mean it has panhandlers, then yes. Otherwise, this comment couldn’t be further off the mark.

          • Vinh An Nguyen

            Panhandlers usually don’t work the ghetto, they work the more affluent areas.

          • JD32

            I think you missed my point.

          • Vinh An Nguyen

            And I think you missed Cats.

      • DT

        Dude, I shop at Trader Joes. I actually go there because they DO have a lot of organic foods. You must be blind if you don’t realize more than half of their stuff is organic and another large portion vegan. What makes me laugh is the people who think because they use paper bags and sell stuff geared towards the more liberal folks that they are somehow so much better than any other corporate grocery store.

        • KalashniKEV

          +1

          Or those that think TJ’s management is “California Cool” like their style- It’s a German company that buys overproduction at pennies and rebrands it. Which is actually a very good thing…

          “A Trader Joe’s exclusive” lol

          • Skeptical

            They also, German or American, treat employees very well, and that’s just another reason to shop there. I don’t like my bargains to come out of the backs of labor.

          • Arlington, Northside

            They ARE a California Company, always have been. They do have a family connection to Aldi the German Grocer, but they are not owned by Aldi.

            You are not one of those that thinks Target/Tarshay is a French company are you?

          • Jason S

            They are HQ’ed in CA, but they are *owned* by the German family of Theo Albrecht, who owned it until he died. Slice it any way you like, it’s a German-owned company.

        • Mohammed

          sell stuff geared towards the more liberal folks

          What is ‘liberal’ stuff vs ‘conservative’ stuff?

          • Arlington, Northside

            Green Peppers vs Red Peppers?

          • DT

            Seriously? Cage free eggs, free range chicken and beef. You know, happy dead cows and happy dead chickens, just like tree huggers like em.

          • YoBimbo

            Seriously… We have Godwin’s Law (“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”)… do we have a comparable law describing the probability of even the most apolitical topic (in this case, food) becoming politicized as liberal or conservative?

      • Arlington, Northside

        TJ’s ain’t as cheap as some make it out to be, but if you are a bargain hunter who is willing to make stops at multiple grocery stores, it definitely needs to be on your route. Wine is a good deal on their house brand, cheese selection is great and is cheaper than Whole Foods/Fresh Fields but only on par with Teeter/Giant/Safeway, meats are cheaper but can’t compete with the larger chains’ sales, and produce will be competative with the Large Chains and blow away Whole Foods on price but not quality or selection.

  • Andrew

    I’m curious how this will compete with Whole Foods nearby. Will there be fights among the foodies?

    • NorthAdams

      total different stores. TJ’s and Whole Foods have co-existed along Route 7 (between 66 and Tysons) for almost 15 years.

      • Thirsty

        Agreed. Whole Foods shoppers dress in khaki’s and button-downs. TJ’s in rough wool sweaters and sweatpants. Yet they all drive Subarus. Interesting.

        • LP

          Wrong to both. You should keep drinking.

        • AllenB

          Judging by your comment, you’ve obviously never been to either one.

        • Clarendude

          Whole Foods, when it was Bread and Circus used to have “Singles Night” I think on Wednesday and some young lady from one of the local cable access channels would be there flirting around introducing people. It was pretty funny. Does anyone remember that or remember who that girl was ?

          • NorthAdams

            that show was hysterical.

          • Westover

            Whole Foods in Clarendon was never branded a Bread and Circus, it was a Fresh Fields.

          • Rich

            It was definitely Bread and Circus when it opened.

          • ZoningVictim

            Yep, it definitely was a Bread and Circus.

          • normal

            Nope, before that it was “Bread and Circus.” Either you’re too young to know or your memory is failing.

          • Clarendude

            At the time it opened I lived across the street and we all called it Bread & Circus. I also know at some laer time it also had Fresh Fields on the sign. The directions to Summer’s still refers to it as “Bread & Circus”

            http://www.summers-restaurant.com/subs/directions.htm

            Not that any of that is important, but when Whole Foods held a user vote on what the final name should be, everyone I knew voted for Bread & Circus.

            Here’s a picture with the “Bread & Circus” name

            http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3265/2742171169_070404c8b4.jpg

        • normal

          Whole Foods requires at least 10% of their customers to wear yoga pants at any given time.

  • PurpleFlipFlops

    Where is the loading dock. 11th Street, Garfield St or Highland St?

    • LP

      11th St.

      • PurpleFlipFlops

        Beep Beep Beep as the trucks backup. How many condo owners showed up to voice their concern about that? 6am – 10pm? The 10pm probably wouldn’t bother many but the 6am sure would, any day of the week.

        It would also likely violate county noise ordinance.

        • Thes

          No adjacent condo owners showed up. The Board and Manager specifically discussed the “beep beep” and the Manager read out the noise ordinance word-for-word at the meeting. Backup noises are a safety device and are exempt from the code, said the County Attorney last night.

  • http://twitter.com/ClarendonBlvd ClarendonBlvd

    I think we should stop complaining and be happy about TJs. They will be hiring a lot of people, they pay very well (for a grocery chain) and as mentioned by several posters above, they offer a variety of affordable food options. 2 Buck Chuck for everyone and be happy :)

    • Westover

      Too bad it is now usually Four Buck Nintynine Chuck these days. :( They do pay better than the average union grocery shop, but still, other than the store manager, will it pay well enough to live in Arlington, or anywhere in Virgina along the Metro?

    • PurpleFlipFlops

      Will my master degree qualify me for a TJ job or am I under-qualified?

      • Westover

        As cashier, stockboy, or simple dude in the back?

  • Kala-what

    Kalashni-KEV,
    I feel sorry for you. Here is the difference – some people are urban and love places like Clarendon or the strip in Pittsburgh. Others are peasants and that’s all. So, if you want more regulations and more space to go with your truck, there is plenty of space in this country for the peasantry.:)

  • Bill Courthouse

    Reasons to shop TJ’s: Olive Oil – Unless it’s fake it’s half the price anywhere else. Irish Creamery Butter – great price. Eggs – huge with deep orange yolks (I’m told a sign that the chickens are eating healthy). Friendly atmosphere – ever notice how any TJ employee will walk with you find what you’re looking for? Not like at most grocery stores where they’ll tell you its in asile 15 on the left…

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