Thanks to PQL reader, Rend, for sending us a link to this Washington City Paper article regarding discussions with Balducci’s coming to Penn Quarter.
The news is all but official. Despite efforts by the City and Douglas Development to make a lease attractive to Balducci’s, the grocer will not be moving into the space on 7th between D & E St NW. While Jemal declares the talks over, Balducci’s CEO, Barbara Parasco, sends a canned statement to the City Paper: “our policy as a company is not to comment on speculation or rumors.”
One starts to wonder if Balducci’s was ever serious about moving into the neighborhood.