.

New Grocery Store Coming to Vienna, Replacing Former Magruder's

Mrs. Green's carries organic and all-natural foods; the Vienna location will be the second Northern Virginia location for the chain.

A rendering of the new Mrs. Green's organic and natural foods store coming to Vienna.
A rendering of the new Mrs. Green's organic and natural foods store coming to Vienna.  Download PDF 
It appears the long wait is over, for a new grocery store to take over the old Magruder's spot in Vienna.

Mrs. Green's, an organic, all-natural grocery store, is coming to the former Magruder's location at 180 Maple Ave. West, at Vienna Shopping Center

"It's wonderful news for Vienna," said Vienna Vice Mayor Carey Sienicki. The store plans to make renovations at the location and officials will meet March 20 with the Town's Board of Architectural Review.

The chain grocery store counts one other Northern Virginia location, at Fair Lakes in Fairfax, where it celebrated a grand opening preview party Jan. 23. 

Mrs. Green's works with a variety of local farmers, bakers and other vendors from around the area, such as Moorenko’s Ice Cream, Banana Love Muffins, Blind Dog Cookies, and Mom Made Foods.

"We are small enough to partner with local vendors who may not be able to survive in a larger chain store," Shige Hatanaka, senior vice president for Operations at Mrs. Green's parent company, Natural Markets Food Group, based in Irvington, NY., told Patch at the time of the Fairfax store opening.

At the Fairfax store, Mrs. Green's has several unique offerings, including a masseuse who is on-site to provide 10-minute massages for $10. Also, there are two registered dieticians available for free consultations and nutritional advice.

In addition, there is a cooking school, a natural living department, organic baby clothes and food, yoga clothes, and more.

Customers enjoy an in-store coffee bar, made from Ceremony Coffee Roasters in Maryland, as well as a smoothie and juice bar.

Mrs. Green's also prides itself as being a strong supporter of and contributor to the community in which they are located.

The company, which counts about 20 stores in the Northeast and Canada, was in the news last month, involved in a recent dust-up with former employees at one of it's New York stores, accused of anti-union activities.

Vienna's other grocery store options include Whole Foods Market, The Fresh Market, Giant and Maple Avenue Market.

If you can't wait to get a "preview" of what the Vienna store will be like, you can visit the Mrs. Green's in Fairfax at 12995 Fairlakes Shopping Center.

Also read:

Future of Magruder's Unclear
Magruder's Closing with Half-Off Sale
Mrs. Green's Celebrates Grand Opening in Fairfax

What do you think about Mrs. Green's coming to Vienna? Share your thoughts in the Comments box.
Cathy Greene March 09, 2014 at 09:54 AM
I'm delighted that a small attractive grocery store selling healthy food and organic produce is coming to Vienna. Mrs. Green's sounds perfect for that location! I grew up on a farm and saw all the health problems that pesticides caused my family... I like organic produce as a consumer too (many pesticides are systemic and don't "wash off").
Vanessa Murphy March 09, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Cathy all your points are wonderful, but we have that already in Vienna. The argument here sounds like we must diversify our offerings to stay great. We want to continue shopping locally and supporting the business owners who have been here all along. Friends of farm fresh organic food choices, please do not forget about our wonderful local farmer at Maple Avenue Market and our wonderful offerings at our Farmers Market on Center. Is there room for another? Time will tell.
Richard Plocica March 09, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Look at the parking shortage and street access problems with Vienna traffic let alone cost to bring old buildings like MacGruders up to code and energy efficiency. it is cheaper to build new but too little land available for parking in any case Lavk of parking abd access plus a crumbling building was why Trader Joes opted out on Thats Amore.
Cathy Greene March 09, 2014 at 11:48 AM
A mix of good food stores can certainly thrive in a big town like Vienna, with its central suburban location. Maple Avenue Market will continue to be my favorite, but, like most folks, I shop in a variety of places. I suspect that other businesses we want in Vienna are also on the drawing board somewhere.
Kenneth Gross March 10, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Do they sell mattresses?

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »