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  • Cate January 5, 2013 - 5:14 pm #62622 Reply

    Has there been a date announced for the reopening of the Harris Teeter by Potomac Yards?

    Or has it even reopened and I’ve not known about it, not having been by there in some time

    Michael H. January 7, 2013 - 9:17 am #62635 Reply

    I don’t think it has reopened. The last I heard, Harris Teeter was still trying to get reliable assurances from the County that the sewage backup would not happen again. They don’t want just a piece of paper or promises that the County will inspect the pipes more frequently. I think they want a concrete plan that would make such a problem far less likely to occur. I don’t know the specifics, but maybe they want new infrastructure or monitoring equipment.

    I did see some real estate types walking around the front of the store back in late summer. They were wearing business outfits, holding folders and discussing details about the site. I heard a few references to the Harris Teeter so I don’t think they were tourists passing by. They were also pointing at some locations on the ground. They could have been from the landlord company. Or representatives of a potential buyer. Or management from a clean-up company. I didn’t get the sense that they were from Harris Teeter by the way that they referred to the store location. But I really don’t know what the purpose of their survey was.

    That’s all the info I have.

    Soarlslacker January 7, 2013 - 10:06 am #62647 Reply

    It was supposed to be November or January.  Many of the employees of the Glebe at Rt 1 HT have been working at other stores, like the Pentagon Row store.  This Fall employees told me that they heard… HT was trying to get out of the lease, but that was not looking good, they were told the entire store would need to ripped out down to the studs in the walls, had been told that the store would reopen in Nov or Jan. 

    If you shopped at the Potomac Yards HT on a regular basis and had one of their VIC cards, after the  flood/closing, they sent you coupons every month for $10 off each week if you spent $X.  The coupons stopped in Oct.  The next time I am in the Pentagon Row store I’ll ask, but if you are in that store ask at the customer service counter.  I miss the Potomac Yards store.  The people were nice, the wine selection was great, and the parking was much less crowded than Pentagon Row.

    Cate January 7, 2013 - 10:27 am #62650 Reply

    Thanks for the info.  That really would be a shame if they don’t reopen, I liked that store.  Unless I go to Pentagon Row later in the evening getting a parking spot’s impossible, and half the time I just leave in a huff because I can’t find a spot/people are blocking the aisles waiting for spots to open up.

    Curious, I never got one of those coupons except for one connected to my card right after it closed.  Hmph.

    CrystalMikey January 7, 2013 - 10:36 am #62652 Reply

    I too used to love that HT.  It was my go to store when I lived in Crystal City.  For all the reasons mentioned:  quiet, nice people, and easy to park.

    chipotle_addict January 7, 2013 - 2:25 pm #62684 Reply

    I greatly miss this Harris Teeter.  The parking was good, although the spaces were ridiculously tiny, the lot was never full so you could get a space without anyone next to your car easily enough.  The garage layout was perfect, no need to take an elevator and no need to get wet if it’s rainy out.  The deli counter employees were awesome, very quick to help and generous with samples.

    Tabby_TwoTone January 7, 2013 - 3:24 pm #62693 Reply

    Is the Shirlington HT a secret or something? Why torture yourselves in the Pentagon Row parking lot?

    VaGurl January 7, 2013 - 4:35 pm #62702 Reply

    FYI at our annual condo assn meeting in December, there was a rep from HT there talking about the reopening of the store, due to the delays they have had they were approximating June reopening. Which means they probably wont even start to rebuild the inside of the store and restock before March.

    but they assured us that they would come back… Same assurance from HT corporate when i sent an email inquiring about it. FWIW

    speonjosh January 7, 2013 - 4:55 pm #62703 Reply

    Cate – You do realize there is underground parking? I used to cruise the parking lot, too. Now, I don’t even slow down – straight to the underground lot. Never a problem parking close to the escalator / elevator (which is big enough for more than one shopping cart).

    Cate January 7, 2013 - 7:01 pm #62710 Reply

    I knew there was underground parking, but I just figured I’d have to pay for it.  Come to think of it, they must validate though.

    Re: Shirlington….it’s the one that’s closest to me, but the two-floor setup is a little irritating and the store itself is always very crowded.  I’ve been going there instead of Pentagon Row though since parking’s less of a pain.

    fedworker January 7, 2013 - 7:49 pm #62711 Reply

    Boy I do miss those $10 off coupons!


    novasteve January 8, 2013 - 1:53 pm #62685 Reply

    I took my longest drive ever on Columbia pike and went to the Harris Teeter past bailey’s xroads. Believe it or not, the ballston one is better. But I could not believe, the shopping center has a starbucks with a drive thru in it.. And of course all 10 of the cars in the drive thru where Lexus SUVs and priuses. Stereotypes totally confirmed.

    South Awwlington January 9, 2013 - 1:59 pm #62869 Reply

    So what is the overall impression of the HT on Columbia Pike?  I agree that Pentagon City is too busy, Crystal City is sorely missed and Shirlington is a pain with two levels (Ballston is bi-level too).  I do usually shop at Shirlington as it is the closest and I know where everything is, can usually find parking and wait no more than 5 minutes in line.


    I tried to give Safeway another shot recently (Bailey’s) but they just don’t hold up next to Teeter.  The deli closes at 8, staff doesn’t seem all too eager to help, etc.  What is the consensus on pricing at HT v Giant and Safeway?  Overall, I think they are about the same. HT slightly higher but worth it for the better service.  Agree/Disagree?


    Typically I don’t do Whole Foods because it just seems excessive.

    VaGurl January 9, 2013 - 5:22 pm #62901 Reply

    HT was always my fav up here in NoVA because it was the closest to Ukrops down in central VA (which no longer exists *sob*) where the staff are friendly, food is fresh, prices are ok and even better when they have double coupon weeks, and its just… BETTER.  Giant is ok but never has the brands I want, Safeways in arlington are just… yeah no… whole foods and trader joes are both okay for certain items but way too expensive and too much of a headache to get in and out of the stores/parking quickly.

    I used to live in clarendon though, and boy do i miss having Whole foods and TJ’s on the walk home from the metro. Dinner planning was always easy!

    Sunshine January 9, 2013 - 6:49 pm #62906 Reply

    My go to is Harris Teeter in Shirlington or Ballston.I don’t mind that they are on two levels. The first time I went into the Ballston store, I did not know that there was an upstairs. I couldn’t find the wine section or shampoo even though I saw it in other customer’s carts. I finally asked someone and they just pointed up. Boy, did I feel stupid. I like Giant but I am always left with one or two things on my list that they did not have. That’s annoying. I never go to the Safeway in Baileys Crossroads. They never have enough checkout people, the produce is past prime and things are always expired. Seriously, check your expiration dates at this store. Cost-wise, I don’t think there is a whole lot of difference in price; at least for what I buy. I like to supplement HT with Grand Mart and H Mart. They have great produce really cheap.

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