Grocery stores are in high demand in Washington, DC due to an increasing population and a focus on investments that provide fresh food options in the city. DC’s mixed-use neighborhoods offer access to both evening and daytime populations looking for convenient access to groceries and prepared meals. In addition, the city’s highly educated and diverse population provides significant demand for an extensive range of products and cuisines. Twenty new grocery stores have opened in DC in the past five years including more recent openings by Wegmans, Whole Foods, and Lidl.
FOOD AT HOME
AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES
SOURCE: ESRI FORECASTS FOR 2022. AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD CONSUMER EXPENDITURES
Incentives & Resources*
SUPERMARKET TAX INCENTIVES
Through the Supermarket Tax Exemption Act of 2000, the District waives certain taxes and fees to eligible grocery stores that locate in specific neighborhoods. The incentive encourages development and investment in areas lacking access to groceries and fresh food. Qualifying supermarkets may be eligible to receive one or more of the following benefits for up to 10 years after development or renovation:
- Real property tax exemption
- Business license fee exemption
- Personal property tax exemption
- Sales and use tax exemption on building materialsnecessary for construction
ON THE JOB TRAINING
DC GREEN BANK
FOOD ACCESS FUND
NEIGHBORHOOD PROSPERITY FUND
*Subject to the availability of funds.