Helen Lyons



August, 2017

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Commented on The Ladybird 3 years, 5 months ago
I am delighted with the selection of Balducci’s as the grocery tenant for the Ladybird. I frequently shop at Balducci’s in McLean and, based on the number of cars with DC plates in their parking lot, I am confident that a Balducci's in our corner of DC will be a welcome addition. Balducci’s is not only a full-service grocery store with high-quality produce, meat, and seafood, but also has an ample selection of prepared foods and beer/wine. Balducci’s was a beloved fixture on New Mexico Avenue for 3 decades and I am happy to see that it will be returning to our area. This area does not need another major chain grocery store, and I believe it unlikely that the Ladybird would be an attractive opportunity for any of them. There is already a Giant at Cathedral Commons and a Safeway in Glover Park, not to mention a Whole Foods in Tenleytown. The grocery tenant in the Ladybird will, additionally, have to compete with the Wegmans coming to 3900 Wisconsin Avenue and the Trader Joe’s that will be opening in Glover Park. In this highly saturated and competitive environment, I doubt that a major chain grocery store would find the Ladybird location to be profitable. To be competitively successful, the grocery tenant in the Ladybird will need to differentiate itself from the nearby and competing Giant, Safeway, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Wegmans. I believe Balducci’s and its offerings represent the perfect choice.
Supported a comment by Susan O'Mara on The Ladybird 3 years, 8 months ago
Susan O'Mara
Wine and beer
Commented on The Ladybird 3 years, 8 months ago
I'll drink to that :-)
Supported a comment by Stacie Benes on The Ladybird 3 years, 8 months ago
Stacie Benes
Can't wait to see this completed project enhancing our AU Park neighborhood.!! I have lived in this neighborhood on/off for 44 yrs(!!!). When I see Massive Development signs I have to laugh. Step back, this will happen!!
Supported a comment by Denise Parietti on The Ladybird 3 years, 8 months ago
Denise Parietti
How soon can you begin? I am a strong supporter.
Commented on The Ladybird 3 years, 8 months ago
My fondest wish is to see the return of Balducci's, which, as most of us remember, was located on New Mexico Avenue until it closed in 2009. I guess I've never really recovered from the loss of Balducci's, because I shop at their McLean, VA store about twice weekly. Their prepared foods section is amazing, and they have a wide selection of reasonably priced wines and beer. Also, they have excellent meat, seafood, and produce departments.... and their cheese, deli and bakery sections are beyond compare for a neighborhood grocery store. I know, I know.... in my dreams (sigh).