Secret Safeway in Dupont Circle to close

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The “Secret” Safeway, also known as Townhouse Safeway, will be closing for good on August 7. The store, located at 1800 20th St. NW was tucked away and unknown to many. The “Town House” branding was a trial concept by Safeway to target apartment dwellers in urban areas. It’s unknown at this point what will replace the grocer.

Yelp reviews on the 20th Street location were mixed, reviewers noting that prices were often higher that at other Safeway stores. The “Soviet” Safeway at 17th and Corcoran, NW remains open.

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10 thoughts on “Secret Safeway in Dupont Circle to close

  1. Mixed feelings. I live a block from here and would go for bare essentials like bananas, butter, or just to gather a few things because it was closer than Soviet.

    The name of this place should really be “Secret Soviet Nothing Ever On Sale” Safeway. Your Safeway Club Card is useless here. It’s a tiny grocery store with half the selection.

    Yet, I will miss it and the ease of buying a banana with $60 in debit cash since there’s no Wachovia nearby.

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  3. Ditto what Yospyn said. I only ever shopped there when I was in need of staples like milk or eggs. There prices were higher and nothing was ever on sale. It was, however, pretty convenient as I pass by it every day on my walk home. I hope another grocery store replaces it.

  4. That sucks. Yeah, it’s pricey, but it’s convenient and the people who work there are really nice. I feel badly for them. I hope Safeway keeps them on

  5. Ouch! I’ve been dropping by there on a regular basis for years! Yeah, it’s pricey and my Safeway Card is useless, but you can’t beat the convenience. Urban supermarkets are a dying amenity, I fear.

  6. Oh no! I shop there 3-4 times a week! It’s right on my way home from work. I was happy to pay their prices. Where will I shop now?