The rumors are true: Whole Foods Market is coming to H Street, Northeast. The supermarket chain announced today it has signed a lease to open a 38,000-square-foot location at Apollo H Street, a new apartment building set to open along to the increasingly packed corridor in late 2016.
Apollo H Street is being built by McLean-based Insight Property Group on a block that currently includes a Murry’s Fine Foods grocery store. Insight purchased the lot two years ago for $10 million. When complete, the Apollo development will include 430 residential units and 75,000 square feet of retail.
The addition of a Whole Foods to H Street further cements the neighborhood’s shifting demographics and its transition from nightlife district to full-service neighborhood. A Giant supermarket opened at Third and H streets in May, and the District’s first Walmart is scheduled to open at First and H streets in December.
“The H Street corridor is a thriving hub of diversity and cultural richness—a perfect match for Whole Foods Market’s goal to support each and every community we’re in,” Scott Allhouse, Whole Foods Market’s president for mid-Atlantic operations, says in a press release.
Whole Foods appears to be on a bit of a DC real estate spree. The announcement of the H Street store comes two weeks after the company revealed plans to open at a mixed-use development in Navy Yard in 2017. The H Street and Navy Yard stores will be the chain’s fifth and sixth DC locations.