Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Food Star - a change is gonna come

The Food Star Grocery store, and the stores surrounding it in the small shopping center at 950 S. George Mason Drive in Arlington Virginia (at the corner of S. George Mason and Columbia Pike), has been a fixture for decades.

It is due to be demolished soon, to be replaced by a development named the Columbia Pike Village Center. This new development will be six stories tall, and is planned to have a larger grocery store (possibly one owned and run by the Harris Teeter Corporation), additional retail stores, 365 market-rate apartments, a three-level parking garage, and a public square. It is being developed by Reston-based Orr Partners.


It will be interesting to see if any of the ethnic businesses and foods - and pinatas - will thrive or be included after the building phase of this new project has been completed.

CPDP photographer Duy Tran, who has lived along Columbia Pike for his entire life, documented the store and the shopping center for posterity.

Photography by Duy Tran.