As reported, Trader Joe’s was the winner in this section with 64.2% of the vote. The next closest response is the comment section, at 11.9%, in which people extolled the virtues of Trader Joe’s.
Seven people chose “Yes, Organic Market” while 6 chose “Locally-Owned Store.” No one chose a “7-11 style” convenience store or “ethnic grocery.” Three of the 67 respondents said the neighborhood does not need a grocery store at all.
Eight people left comments at the bottom of the section: “I used to live in Old Town a couple of blocks from Balducci's. I loved that store! So I wouldn't mind having a place like that here.”
“I don’t care about the above [selections] EXCEPT no 7-11 please.”
“I know the space isn't big enough for a Costco, but I'd love to have another Costco nearby to ease the crowding at the Pentagon City one.”
“Trader Joe's/Whole Foods/Yes!” [Five of the eight respondents gave kudos to the Trader Joe’s space.]
The one thing people thought any grocery store in Buckingham did NOT need was a soda fountain (only 6.6% of the people checked it). After that, people wanted it all, from fresh produce (93.4% of the people said they wanted that) to Fresh Meats (68.9%), to a Deli (50.8%). Other choices did not fare as well, but were still significant, people want Canned Goods (45.9%), Latino Foods (37.7%), and Bulk Items (27.9%).
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Quotes from the “what else would you like to see in a grocery” area (24 responses): “Something like Trader Joe's - organic and gourmet, but inexpensive.” [“Trader Joe’s” appeared seven more times in these comments. To be fair, five of the eight who remarked here might be the same five as in the comment section above.]
“I'd love to see a store that did NOT serve any alcoholic beverages...”
“Clean, family friendly, affordable for locals.”
“Cheese (good cheese, properly cared for)”
“Parking issues addressed. There is very little there.”
“A small, clean deli/grocery. (A NYC-style grocer.)”
“Large organic selection of all types of foods”
“Whole Foods” appeared once.
On to Survey Results: General Retail