Perhaps inspired by the MoCo council, we went today to the Beltsville Costco, the only local source for Dungeness crab I know of. Traffic was a breeze — took maybe 15 minutes each way — but parking was a nightmare. I have rarely seen so many people transfer goods from cart to car so slowly. Lesson: Costco at lunchtime on a Saturday is always a bad idea (the line for pizza/hot dogs inside looked as long as the wait for a parking space). Today’s experience reinforced the notion that the Beltsville Costco is plenty close enough to Wheaton, and I would rather the mall find other, less car-intensive anchor tenants.
Then this afternoon we picked up friends at Dulles, preceded by a Wegman’s pilgrimmage, featuring the usual array of scallops, steaks, produce, etc etc. Wegman’s is culinary Disneyland. Not sure Wheaton is a possibility for a future Wegman’s, which is not yet anywhere in Maryland (allegedly coming to PG County soonish), but maybe Olney or something would work. Hope so — the Sterling store is great, but too far for anything close to regular shopping. Thank goodness for the Georgia Avenue H Mart.