What appeared to be a store closing in the South East neighborhood of Washington DC, returns to be a new store opening with a new name and some of the same owners. The Yes Marketplace located at 2323 pennsylvania Ave. sold off unused merchandise at great 50 to 75% discount in the middle of December. The store's owner was telling the press it was going out of business due to the loss of profit that the store's imported and gormet food selections produced. Just a few days before Christmas Eve, the fairlawn Market started to reshelve new items. The new store held a Grand Opening on Dec. 22nd, 2012.
The idea for changing names and store owners was intended to met the demand of it's customers. Curtis of DC, the new store's owner, stated that a total of 5 investors own the stores. It is himself, Gary, Kathy, Mike, and Gene. A new location of the Yes Market moved instead a few miles away nearby to the prestigious Capital Hill neighborhood to a corner on Barracks Row. The two stores are meeting more customer's demand and trying to met the likes of those who buy from them. The high priced "organic food' is now available only at the new Yes Market. Products such as " Marine Coast Sea Vegatables Kelp", that come with a USDA certified Organic sticker, will not be available at the new store any longer. The changes made in store stock is " geared for the neighborhood", says Curtis.
The area where the Fairlawn Market place is now is also has the largest population of welfare receiveng household for the entire city. At a rate between 35 - 45 %, that is nearly half of all resident living in Ward 8. The need for affordable food is with in an understood tactic of budgeting. People learn to live what they can have less than two hundread a month to buy all groceries for each person receiving food stamps. The store still accepts EBT benefits as a form of payment for food items. But now it offers more reasonable prices.
A change in what is sold and the overal price rating is appealing to the same old customers. The alcohal sales now stock in more than just imports. All types of beer are available there. But the competions is just a few doors down at a nearby liquer store. Regular white eggs are on sale for a $1.49. Much less than the prices offered at area chain grocery stores. The corner store is still open it is just providing new products that people can afford.