- The new Yes! Organic Market in Fairlawn. (Photo: Courtesy And Now, Anacostia)
The newest Yes! Organic Market to come to D.C., not to mention the first organic grocery store east of the Anacostia River, is set to celebrate its grand opening this afternoon with a city official-studded ribbon cutting. The store came about thanks in large part to a $900,000 grant from the District, so you can be sure D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty will be there later today to pose for the cameras.
Those of you anxious to shop in the store still need to wait another day though, as best as we can tell. The store is not open this morning in advance of the 3:30 p.m. ceremony, its hours and contact information are not yet published on the company's website, and the "grand opening" is technically slated for Wednesday. We're still hoping to connect with owner Gary Cha this morning to get some more details on exactly when the first customer will be served, but in the meantime, check out some more photos of the interior from And Now, Anacostia.
UPDATE 11:42 a.m.: Cha confirms that the store won't really be in operation until Wednesday, despite today's hoopla. There may well be a couple of transactions at the store this afternoon, given how many people are expected to show up for the ceremony, but Cha said he's still working on making sure his cashiers are fully prepped. And based on previous experience opening other markets, he didn't want to attempt to mix fanfare with excellent customer service.
"In the past, we maybe had cashiers at the opening who couldn't give full attention to the customers," Cha says. "So we want to take it a little bit slow today and make sure things are all ready for tomorrow."
So, the final word is the store will open for business at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Regular hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.