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“LET ME IN!” Whole Foods Closes Early; Urban Hipsters Panic


Thursday: Whole Foods on the 1400 block of P Street NW closed its doors at 9 p.m., which was 30 minutes earlier than its previously announced 9:30 p.m. closing. The early closing caused a near panic among some Dupont-Logan residents. One woman screamed, "Let me in, let me in. I don't have any coffee at home!" (Luis Gomez Photos)

Thursday: The scene inside the P Street Whole Foods around 9 p.m. tonight. One man was outside on his cell phone talking to Whole Foods, complaining that the store had decided to close at 9, not 9:30 p.m. as announced earlier. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Thursday: "Sold Out of Snow Shovels" says Logan Hardware on the 1400 block of P Street NW this evening. Residents are responsible for shoveling the area in front of their houses and buildings. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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February 4, 2010 - Posted by | news | , , ,

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  3. […] the first storm struck, long lines had formed at supermarkets . A phone-cam caught a woman beating on the closed doors of a grocery, yelling, “Let me in! I don’t […]

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  4. […] a full loop inside the store on Wednesday, when I was there.) Locals, when facing a snow threat, buy bread, milk and toilet paper. (It begs the question: what do you make with that?) But this time other staples, including whole […]

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  5. […] Street Whole Foods felt when they protested the store closing early on Thursday night and screamed Let Me In! One can understand their urgency, as they (as one of the blog commentors noted) NEEDED their […]

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  6. […] “LET ME IN!” Whole Foods Closes Early; Urban Hipsters Panic […]

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  7. […] Urban hipsters got an early taste of the snowpocalypse when their D.C. Whole Foods store closed early, reports Luis Gomez of Borderstan.  Panicked citizens were left in the cold desperately yelling “Let me in!” […]

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  8. The real test: will those of us unable to secure enough groceries be able to survive on “small plates” dining around here?

    Nevermind, here’s hoping Florida Avenue Grill is open through the weekend!

    Comment by Joel | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  9. […] we got there this sign and a locked door were all that greeted me. You think it got bad when you couldn’t get your coffee? This is dire, my friends. Big Daddy needs his doughnuts. I’m not screwing around […]

    Pingback by Want a donut? Not so fast there, Skippy. » We Love DC | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  10. none of these people in the photo look like a hipster. except maybe the one guy with glasses. but they certainly don’t look like these folks: https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/79/hipster.html

    Comment by tim | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  11. @In The Name of Truth: I think perhaps you are overreacting. I must admit, though, that I am a bit shocked that the average Whole Foods customer is someone who drives a garbage truck or sweeps floors or works at the telephone company. Wow! I had no idea those good folks were making so much money. Well, good for them.

    Comment by Taboo | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  12. Whole Foods Warrior is 100% correct and is to be commended. The people who shop at Whole Foods Look are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. Do not… mess with us.

    Comment by In The Name of Truth | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  13. Ha! I live in Fairfax & I grabbed dinner at the P St. Whole Foods on a whim before heading home. At around 6:30pm, the store was packed but I lucked out and didn’t have to wait in line at all.

    Comment by KT | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  14. […] captured some amazing scenes at the P Street Whole Foods: "Thursday: Whole Foods on the 1400 block of P Street NW closed its […]

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  15. lol @ you holier-than-thou idiots hating on all the Whole Foods shoppers. People were bahving like this at ALL the grocery stores (Giant, Safeway, etc.) last night out in the suburbs as well, but go ahead and continue to pretend that you’re so cool and that Whole Foods shoppers are not as awesomely cool as you are. lol @ you imagining that your cramped, urban and claustrophobic neighborhood was ever cool or hip. You should be thanking Whole Foods for opening a store and shining some light in the darkness of your lives.

    Comment by Whole Foods Warrior | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  16. I’m still in line @WF…this is getting ridiculous.

    Comment by Michael A | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  17. Back when the Whole Foods was first proposed for this neighborhood, it never occurred to me that it would attract such a huge population of self-indulgent, dependent, entitled douchebags to the neighborhood. East Dupont/Logan actually used to be a pretty cool place to live.

    Comment by Old Timer | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  18. I was at WF for a cooking class last night (sea vegetable soups) and stopped in to get some items for those recipes afterward. I may have stood in line for 10-15 minutes, not bad at all. I witnessed what happened in the photo above (I am in the photo on the right in the white jacket). The girl in red had called and was told they’d be open until 9:30, so was pretty pissed about it. No one else seemed to be bothered by the closure all that much.

    Comment by Chloe | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  19. i think it’s all summed up by http://www.snowmageddondc.com

    Comment by Doug | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  20. […] 5, 2010 · Leave a Comment Our neighborhood blog summed it up pretty well with “Urban hipsters panic.” Just take a look at the line to […]

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  21. …and somebody tell me those urban hipsters did eventually disperse and go foraging someplace else. I have an image in my head that they were just standing there, all night, in their neat little line, staring forlornly through the locked doors…

    Comment by Missy | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  22. Joel, LOL LOL LOL!! It is total Chaotic Macrobiotic!!!

    Comment by Missy | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  23. Up front, that was a poor management decision on WF’s part.

    Yet, and I say this as one who slaved away in retail for many a year including a stint managing a Starbucks, after hours upon hours of meeting the needs of frantic & “entitled” customers, it’s a good call to give the store’s staff a break. It ain’t pretty on the other side of the register either.

    Everyone will survive ClosingEarlyGate.

    Comment by Avi | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  24. Yep, a store manager’s meeting: http://dcist.com/2010/02/p_street_whole_foods_plans_to_close.php

    Comment by mattyillini | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  25. According to DCist, WF planned to close early before the snow was predicted in order to hold a staff meeting.

    Poorly timed, sure…and they could have rescheduled it…but people should also make other plans (go to another store, maybe?)

    Comment by Jessica | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  26. I showed up at 8:30ish last night and there was no line to get in. The produce section was packed but the seafood counter didn’t have a wait. The express checkout lines near the bakery moved quickly and I waited only about five minutes to check out. All in all, I was in and out in about 20 minutes.

    Comment by SQF | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  27. To the self-indulgent twit screaming “let me in, let me in…”, is it too far for you to walk AROUND THE CORNER TO CARIBOU COFFEE???

    Come the Revolution we are going to turn her in first.

    Comment by Avi | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  28. But the snow isn’t supposed to start falling until sometime tomorrow?! Why would WF close early under clear skies? Anyway, love the coffee comment.

    Comment by Me | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  29. but I NEED my organic, unbleached, ink-free, soy-based TP!!

    Comment by GD | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  30. @ DC Deac – I agree, but there must have been some reason. Luis said the lines inside were completely out of control and they had to close. There may have also been concerns about getting employees home.

    Comment by mattyillini | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  31. While it is sort of hilarious to imagine hipster panic, it is also ridiculous to close early on a night when they know so many customers will be in need. Lots of people w/o cars rely on WF as a store they can walk to.

    Comment by DC Deac | February 4, 2010 | Reply

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  33. Organic panic.

    Comment by Joel Lawson | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  34. The lines were ridiculous. They had been there since at least 7 o’clock, and probably earlier. Exactly how long do people think they won’t be able to access Whole Foods? And they do realize that the store will be open tomorrow morning, right?

    Comment by 14thandyou | February 4, 2010 | Reply


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