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No Reopening Date Yet for Potomac Yard Harris Teeter

by ARLnow.com January 14, 2013 at 9:45 am 2,283 23 Comments

Crews on the scene of a possible sewage spill at the Potomac Yard Harris Teeter (photo courtesy Douglas Wendt)The Harris Teeter grocery store at 3600 S. Glebe Road near Potomac Yard will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

The store closed last May after it was flooded with raw sewage — an incident caused by a clog at the nearby Arlington County Water Pollution Control Plan. It has yet to reopen.

A Harris Teeter spokeswoman said the store will not reopen until the company can be assured that measures are in place to prevent another catastrophic sewage incident.

“We are actively working with both the county and our landlord to discuss solutions to make sure that which happened does not happen again,” said company spokeswoman Danna Jones. “Once those solutions are implemented, we are ready to start work on the interior of the store, and at that point, Harris Teeter will make various public announcements to share the good news with everyone.”

An Arlington County spokeswoman would not comment on whether the county was working with Harris Teeter to reduce the risk of another sewage backup or mitigate the effects of the May incident. The county did say that, so far, no lawsuits have been filed against the county in response to last year’s sewage backup.

“I can confirm that no civil lawsuits have been filed,” said Arlington County spokeswoman Mary Curtius.

Photo courtesy Douglas Wendt

  • BallstonNOTBoston

    Never liked HT – such a sh-tty grocery store…

  • Douglas Parker

    Gives new meaning to ‘clean up on aisle 7’ doesn’t it.

  • WD

    Boourns. I hate shopping at the HT in Pentagon Row.

  • WeiQiang

    worse … they stopped sending my 40% off coupons.

  • Brandon

    I call BS. They haven’t reopened because the store was never profitable in the first place. If it made money they wouldn’t be dragging their feet.

    • WeiQiang

      … unless their insurance underwriter won’t re-insure them because there has been no action to mitigate the risk of the sewage back-up happening again.

      • Brandon

        Do you like Jimmy Johns?

      • Scott

        pretty much this

    • CrystalMikey

      Looks like the county is dragging its feet, not HT.

    • The associate

      Lets think about it, hmmmm. how about RAW SEWAGE. That takes time to clean up and remove. along with stripping the store of everything contaminated. then to overhaul and basically rebuild it. Then to bring in all new equipment, registers, computer software, then to train all new people. oh and the dispute with the county to make sure it doesnt happen again.

    • JR in Arlington

      Your source for them being “never profitable?” I had heard, admittedly from HT sources, that the Potomac Yard store was one of their most profitable.

  • VaGurl

    I call foul here, someone isn’t telling the truth. HT says they are waiting on the county and Comstock, the county says there’s nothing going on and no lawsuit, but I’ve heard from several folks that HT is in litigation with both Comstock and Arl County for the costs of the clean up, having nothing to do with the “reassurances” from anyone, just the bottom line bill.

    I don’t believe it has anything to do with the profits of the store, apparently it was one of the most lucrative HT stores in the area.

    • drax

      “in litigation”? No, probably in negotiations.

  • ViennaRules

    I loved that store…I lived down the street in the Concord and would walk over all the time. It has to be hard for the condo owners, since that was a huge selling point in the development.

    • Charles

      I liked it too. Parking was cramped but there was always a space. And they had more food samples than the Pentagon Row HT. And they sold some stuff other HTs don’t.

  • Swag

    “catastrophic sewage incident”

    • drax

      I sh*t you not.

  • fedworker

    “I can confirm that no civil lawsuits have been filed,” said Arlington County spokeswoman Mary Curtius.

    I think she left out the word YET

  • flora

    I worked there twice in 2010 serving weenie samples, met a lot of fascinating people, the few who shopped. The store was dead, so it’s no surprise to me that sh-t hit the fan. All grocery stores suck, go into the stock room of the meat department of any grocery store, in the Metro area like I did, especially Alexandria, it’s enough to turn you vegetarian.

  • Michelle

    This sucks! That was my main grocery store and all the other HT’s around suck to go to, like the one in Pentagon City and Shirlington.

  • Liz

    I hope that this gets resolved soon. It was a much better HT than the one at Pentagon Row, which I find to be less clean, less well-rganized and more cramped and doesn’t carry several products that were available at the Potomac Yard location. Also, parking at Pentagon Row is no fun – surface parking is usually full at peak hours and on weekends and parking in the garage is only validated (ie: free) for an hour. It’s hard to do a full/big grocery shopping trip for a family at a busy store with long lines and be loaded in the car and out of the garage in an hour. I know it’s only a few dollars to park, and I was paying it when HT was still mailing me coupons that made it worth my while, but it’s annoying and now that they’re not sending coupons anymore I find myself shopping more and more at a mix of Trader Joes, Costco and Giant. Sad because I was a loyal HT customer for years! I also have 2 friends whose cars were hit while shopping and legally parked in the Pentagon Row HT parking lot, so I guess paying a few dollars to be in the garage is better than that!

  • Nicole

    Everyone email [email protected]
    Tell the, we want our teeter back. They have been giving the same lip service forever. If they hear from a large group directly they are more likely to respond.

  • Ralphie

    Everyone email [email protected] and tell them we want out Teeter back!


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