The new convenience store/liquor store/laundromat has been open for a while now right at the Wheaton Metro entrance and contrary to my fears, it has not (yet) resulted in a noticeable increase in drunken loitering on the sidewalk. In fact, aside from congestion due to people waiting for the bus, the new metro entrance on Reedie has worked out about as well as could be hoped, especially on days when the elevator is in service. Bagged clothes are visible behind the counter, so people must be using the laundry service (unless it is a Potemkin laundry?). And if I ever need Tastycakes or cheap wine before (or after) a Metro ride, I’m all set.
Having said that, I miss the old tree-lined Kiss’n’Ride, and given the inevitability of its disappearance, I wish that instead of the convenience store, we had gotten a coffee house or cafe. Mayorga Coffee wouldn’t like an outlet at Wheaton Metro? Or Caribou? Or some enterprising Wheaton resident with Starbucks-crushing dreams? Really? The Metro-adjacent storefront on the other side, on Georgia, is still vacant, maybe they have a tenant lined up, I don’t know. Rumor was FedEx, which I guess wouldn’t be bad, but surely we can do better. We can, but we probably won’t.