D.C.-based Yes! Organic Market has opened its first store outside of the District, setting up shop in Hyattsville’s Arts District. The 8th store in the specialty grocery chain opened Monday, the Gazette reports.
Company owner Gary Cha told the Gazette that he choose Hyattsville because it’s a “wonderful place.” Explained Cha, “I select locations of places where I would like to live.” The store’s opening is the latest development in Hyattsville’s $200 million revitalization efforts, which began in 2010. The investment aimed to establish 25 acres of retail and residences in historic downtown Hyattsville. Yes! Organic Market joins Busboys and Poets, Elevation Burger, and Chipotle, plus 140 townhomes, said Stuart Eisenberg of the Hyattsville Community Development Corp.
Eisenberg also provided a hilariously formal rationale for choosing a supermarket, citing the convenience of the new store’s location on Route 1: “I think [Yes! Organic Market] will be a draw for folks who might decide, ‘Oh this is very convenient. Let me shop here rather than travel further.’” My thoughts exactly.