We Love DC is reporting that the Townhouse Safeway at 1800 20th Street, NW will be closing on 07 August 2010.
I have shopped in this store, especially when I worked for a small law office nearby. It was great for a lunch-time stop, for when I needed office snacks, or for when I needed to grab something to make for dinner that night. There is a lot of value in neighborhoods having small "boutique" grocery stores like this. Yes, you will have far more selection in your full-sized stores. But, in a city environment, those stores are really only practical for major grocery shopping days. Neighborhoods need these little corner stores for the day-to-day needs.
I agree if a major retailer is the one running the store the prices should be in line with the full-service stores, all company-specific discounts (read: club cards) should be honored, and a good mix of necessities should be kept on hand. It's a shame that Safeway couldn't make this trial work (and expand on it). They seriously whiffed at the plate here.