OCT 11 UPDATE: The Whole Foods online petition has broken 1000 signers.
Jason and Kelby chimed in a few minutes ago with some info that was announced at tonight’s Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting:
The Downtown Neighborhood Association recently learned that Douglas Development has been negotiating with Whole Foods Market to bring them into our neighborhood on 7th Street NW location between E and D Streets NW. This was the space that Balducci’s was slated to occupy until their unexpected decision against it last year.
Douglas Development has asked for community support and time is critical; there is a meeting between the two parties this Friday. Sign the online petition that will be presented to Whole Foods. Please notify your downtown friends and acquaintances of our petition!
Here is a link to the online petition.
As you may recall, Douglas Development recently purchased the Balducci’s space from JPI. This means that the developer who would be leasing the the space to Whole Foods is personally asking residents to help them gain a Whole Foods in Penn Quarter!
Ed. Note: As of this afternoon, both DCist and the Washington Business Journal have picked up the story. Thanks go to Heather and Maisha for pointing this out. As of 3:45 pm, the petition count currently stands at 482.