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Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market Set to Open in the Spring

by Fatimah Waseem February 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm 86 Comments

The Signature, a new 508-unit apartment building in the heart of Reston Town Center, will welcome a new retail tenant this year.

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, a gourmet market that says it offers restaurant-quality foods, imported cheeses and meats roasted in the Old Tradition, is set to open in the spring.

For Balducci’s, the new location at 11850 Freedom Drive is a homecoming. The store’s previous site in The Spectrum, just down the street from the current location, closed in 2005.

Construction crews are currently working on the site. An exact date on the store’s opening hasn’t been set yet, according to a company representative. Balducci’s has six other stores in Maryland, Virginia, New York and Connecticut.

The store is hiring for all positions. To apply, email [email protected]

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

  • The Grammar Police

    Another cut-and-paste job PR job that still somehow manages to have multiple grammar/editing errors (“hasn’t been set it yet”). Can’t you at least attribute the PR stuff to the company. Based on how RestonNow posts this stuff, it appears as if RestonNow is endorsing as fact the notion that Balducci’s offers “restaurant quality food” and “meats in the Old Tradition” (what is that anyway?).
    So serious question. Is RestonNow a site for local news and journalism, or is it just a board for basic facts? I appreciate that posts like this are here so now I know that Balducci’s is moving to RTC, but if this is a journalism site, then I expect a semblance of copy editing and a propensity for real newswriting and reporting. Even with a nothing budget, this should be possible.

    • The Grammar Police

      And yes, I have errors in my own comment post. But I am an anonymous commenter who does not get paid.

      • Greg

        At least you spell “grammar” correctly unlike our other dear reader / editor.

        • The Constitutionalist

          I wonder if they had an application process for the job and if writing samples were even required or if they just gave it to the first “minority” that applied.

          • The Grammar Police

            I wouldn’t go there with respect to the “minority” aspect–I’ve seen equally shoddy work from non-minorities. I think this is a systemic problem with these so-called “hyperlocal” sites. They probably pay peanuts and are prone to attracting either the bottom of the barrel for writers/editors or people who only want part-time work (Karen Goff was better, at least in terms of editing/grammar errors, but she didn’t do much, if any, actual reporting). The “hyperlocal” model itself seems to cultivate the laziness that you see in RestonNow. It’s not a platform designed for enterprise journalism or ownership of the beat. Just put out timely info so people have something to click on and advertisers can generate some views. This is why RestonNow frequently gets scooped in its own beat. It’s like a restaurant franchise. There is very little room for creativity beyond the established model.

          • The Constitutionalist

            I didn’t blame the errors on her minority status. I merely suggested that in an attempt to be inclusive it’s possible they overlooked more talented or skilled writers, or as you suggested, didn’t have more talented or skilled writers from which to choose. It doesn’t change the fact that RestonNow is failing to portray itself as a professional organization with the recurrence of grammatical errors that paint the writer as less than competent.

            In fundraising, grammatical errors can actually increase response or donation amount, in journalism, it only discredits the news, regardless of the content. Since Fatimah started at RN, nearly every article has had an error or two and instead of the comments being about the content have been about the errors.

            In journalism, it’s paramount that the articles are free from grammatical errors.

          • Donald

            Please, stop. Give Fatimah a break

            Bad grammar is rarely fatal. It might even be deliberate. Irregardless, it ain’t necessarily as bad as you think.

            https://archives.cjr.org/language_corner/grammar_police.php

          • Greg
          • Donald

            Read the article you lunkhead.

            Don’t show your ignorance that easily Greg. My goodness. It was a JOKE! OMG.

            Donald

          • Greg

            Bully much? Sticks and stones…

            Grow up, donnie.

          • Donald

            If body A exerts a force F on body B, then body B exerts an equal and opposite force −F back on body A. The mathematical expression for this is FAB = −FBA

            “OMG” = “Lunkhead”

            Donald

          • The Constitutionalist

            Unfortunately your equation is incorrect.

            I think you’re looking for:

            FA = −FB

            (A and B should be subscripts)

          • Donald

            I’ll go with your correction. I’m sorry you missed the point though.

            Fatimah, I pray your laughing hard at all this.

            Donald

          • The Constitutionalist

            You’re. Was that a joke too?

          • Donald

            No, actually that was a real typo/autocorrect/failure-to-edit item. It may happen again. Hope the grammar police here will forgive me.

            Donald

          • Why do you bother?

            We will not.

          • Greg

            Huzzah!

          • The Constitutionalist

            Sorry Donald, I didn’t say it was fatal. If it is deliberate, it is foolishly so. I’ve been working in this industry an awful long time.

            Please never say irregardless again.

          • Donald

            Read the article. In the business a while implies you do it well… ?? It was a joke. Apparently “ain’t” is proper?? The ignorance of the commenters here.

            Fatimah, don’t worry.

            Donald

          • The Constitutionalist

            It was a bad joke, Donald. Had we all read the article before you gave us the punchline it would’ve worked, but instead you did it backwards.

            You can’t tell me who’s there before you say, “knock, knock.”

          • Donald

            Uh, sure thing there sparky.

          • The Constitutionalist

            You’re starting to get senile in your old age, Donald. Do I need to do a class on proper joke delivery as I have to with everything else?

            By the way, “ain’t” is proper now. It has been since, like, 1993 or something.

          • Why do you bother?

            Um…no.

            BTW – the definition of “joke” includes “humorous.” I don’t know what to call what you said, but “joke” does not qualify.

          • The Constitutionalist

            I didn’t tell a joke.

          • Why do you bother?

            She’s not “doing great,” but I’m sure she’s doing the best that she can. She needs some training/education.

          • Why do you bother?

            DON’T REPEAT THE NONWORD!!!!!! I’M MEEEELTING …..MELTING!

          • Donald

            Did you even read the attached article? It was less than a page.

            The last two sentences (in the article):

            “…Bad grammar is rarely fatal. It might even be deliberate. Irregardless, it ain’t necessarily as bad as you think…” They author was having a little fun.

            Do you read — or just continually twattle??

            Donald

          • Why do you bother?

            “Irregardless”

            AAUUUUGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            And I’d bet my last dollar that the errors aren’t deliberate.

          • dick

            Wonderful use of “irregardless” which isn’t really a word…well done…

          • Mike M

            Momma used to always say, “If you can’t say something right consider using an overwrought malapropism instead.”

          • Why do you bother?

            You have absolutely no knowledge of how or why she was hired, and her ethnicity has zero relevance to this discussion. Your a$$ is flapping in the wind.

            I feel bad for her – while the criticism of her skills is legitimate, I’m sure it’s very hurtful.

            I can’t help with the lack of actual reporting, but I’ll volunteer to edit. Credentials: Award-winning, professional writer/editor for 30 years.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Please don’t sexually harass me like that. I’m not as old as you think and I think my a$$ is quite firm.

          • Why do you bother?

            First, everybody has an a$$, so there’s no sexual connotation whatsoever. Second, thank you for proving my point: you have no idea how or why she was hired, so why introduce her ethnicity into the discussion. You did write it.

            Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the Southern phrase “showing one’s a$$”? See also: “Bless your heart.”

          • The Constitutionalist

            Again, you have managed to completely twist the argument to fit your narrative without actually reading what was written. An award-winning writer like yourself should be able to read the lines without interjecting between them.

            Unfortunately, the mods have decided to purge ideas they don’t like and now we’ll never know.

          • Mike M

            Ahem, Goff made this site and did it pretty well. It’s been downhill since she left, and plummeting lately.

          • Why do you bother?

            We don’t agree often, but in this case we do.

          • Guest

            Goff made numerous grammatical errors and occasionally reported inaccurate information.

          • Mike M

            And was gracious when grammar issued were called out. I don’t know about inaccuracies. Certainly it was not as common as here now. I would have expected the same gracious acknowledgement and correction. Sometimes reporters get bad info, so it can happen. It’s like anything else. How do you handle it.

          • Why do you bother?

            Karen did some reporting – certainly more than either of her successors. If you asked a question, she’d get the answer. And responded gracefully to editorial input.

          • Why do you bother?

            A writing/editing test only works if the scorer has editorial skills.

          • Why do you bother?

            You know, you crap on your own credibility when you inject racism into the discussion. It invalidates everything you say.

          • The Constitutionalist

            That wasn’t a racist comment. Saying minority isn’t racist.

          • Why do you bother?

            Bringing her ethnicity into a discussion when it’s irrelevant to the discussion is racist.

    • Greg

      Apparently, it’s not a journalism site:

      “Reston Now is a local news website covering Reston, Va.”

      But that, too, needs editing as there are ever more often news pieces about Herndon.

      https://www.restonnow.com/about/

    • Willie Reston

      So much faux outrage over a free hyper-local site. This isn’t the Washington Post. Get over yourself.

      • Donald

        I agree. Fatimah Waseem is doing an excellent job and I expect we will see so much more from her as she grows with the job.

        Donald

        • The Grammar Police

          Is this a joke too? In journalism school, if we misspelled a name in an article it was an automatic F. Hardly “excellent.” But really, I want her to succeed, and the crux of my post was the question of whether RestonNow even allows Ms. Waseem to be a journalist.

      • The Constitutionalist

        You’re right, even with the errors RestonNow is more credible.

      • The Grammar Police

        You miss the point. Reston/Herndon is growing exponentially. We have witnessed what some contend are shady dealings in our quasi local government, controversy within the BoS, we have issues with the Silver Line and the poorly-designed Reston Station, and that is just to name a few things going on around here. A full time journalist looking into these matters and covering this beat like a traditional news outlet would do wonders for the local community. The Washington Post is not going to consistently cover Reston/Herndon like this. As an aside, I would think Ms. Waseem would want to do some real journalism in order to get the clips to use as a means for moving up to something like the Post if she wants to. I’m sorry you do not see the value of a fully-functioning press at the local level. That is my overarching point. The grammar errors just further take away any credibility this site may have as a news source.

        • Willie Reston

          Reston’s and Herndon’s population increase rates both have been going down over the last several censuses. That is literally the opposite of exponential growth. Ohmygawd, I can’t believe how bad you are at fact checking! Dur dur dur

          • The Grammar Police

            …Says the guy who couldn’t see a point if it stuck him in the eye.

            Regardless (see what I did there?), here’s an article from a few years back from the Fairfax Times via Reston 20/20: “Exponential Growth Expected for Reston in Next 40 Years.” It goes on to cite GMU’s Center for Regional Analysis. So was your “Ohmygawd . . . “dur dur dur” directed at yourself?

          • Drip

            Ouch! Willie Reston just got owned! LOL

          • OneReally

            Willie is used to getting owned though.

          • Mike M

            He might like it.

          • Mike M

            Oh, Reston Willie! You’ve done it again!

          • Donald

            I would look to Terry Maynard’s research regarding Reston’s future growth. He’s not very optimistic.

            “…Over the same quarter century historic timeframe, Reston’s population has grown 0.9 percent per year and a slightly smaller 0.8 percent over the last decade and a half. With Metrorail positioning Reston to be one of the growth hot spots in the County, we can reasonably expect a robust growth rate in our community of one and a quarter percent per year — more than half again as high as the County as a whole. Even at that high growth rate, Reston’s total population is unlikely to reach 99,000 over the next four decades…”

            “…Looking at this through the narrower lens of the proposed Reston PRC zoning change shows how preposterous the County’s proposal is in the face of this growth estimate. Using a current Reston total population range around the Census estimate of about 57,000-63,000 people, we estimate about 95 percent of Reston’s current population is in the Reston PRC zoned area. That’s about 54,000-57,000 people now within the Reston PRC — the vast majority in our suburban neighborhoods…”

            https://www.restonnow.com/2017/05/22/op-ed-restons-population-past-present-and-future/

            Donald

          • The Grammar Police

            The fact that the scale of Reston’s growth is being debated proves the point about the benefit of having an effective local journalist covering the Reston beat. Regardless, the population is not going down as our sad-sack friend Willie opines.

          • Willie Reston

            I never said the population is going down. You’re wrong again! You know what they say to do when you find yourself in a hole, right?

      • Yes Comrade

        Thanks for invalidating everyone else’s opinions.

        Truly only yours is the only valid opinion. Yes comrade, we have freedom of thought as long as it’s your thoughts!

        • Willie Reston

          What the hell are you talking about? How is my comment any more invalidating of OP’s than OP’s was of Fatimah’s? And my comment was not an opinion asking others to agree with it – it was a direct comment to OP that he ought to unwind a little bit because his nitpicking is ridiculous, and besides, his comments are RIFE with inaccuracies and false statements.

    • Why do you bother?

      Clearly, they’re just reposting press releases without any editorial eye. Shame.

    • Generic User

      It’s possible that bots are doing some of the postings. I heard a new story a couple of years ago that machine learning had advanced to where basic stories could be put together/written from sources and distributed for hyper-local markets by computers. I think that computer’s name was Hal 2000 Waseem.

  • Big Drop

    On topic: parking is going to hurt them unless they have multiple dedicated free spaces in the new garage. No app, no machine: a free space that you park in while shopping and walk directly into the store. Anything less and they will not survive. Harris Teeter at Tyson’s can be used as a model.

    • Greg

      They (then known as Sutton Place Gourmet) didn’t survive when they were in the Spectrum with its acres of free, walk-up parking.

    • Donald

      I agree. This specific location will be very dependent on parking.

  • Nyla J.

    Balducci’s has good sandwiches.

    • Why do you bother?

      Too bad I’ll never know.

    • Mike M

      Momma always said, “If you can’t say something positive, don’t say it.”
      She would like you, Nyla.
      By the way, my grandma always used to say Momma was full of it. Just sayin’.

  • Why do you bother?

    Hey – toddlers.

    DON’T MAKE ME COME BACK THERE!

    sheesh.

    • Donald

      Yea. I probably had too many cups of coffee today.

      To everyone — my apologies.

      I really just wanted to say Fatimah is doing great, and she will continue to do so.

      Donald

  • Big Drop

    I must add that there are 40 or more posts in this thread that are distressing. They do not speak well for where I have lived for 30 years. Please, let’s talk about Balducci’s, Reston Town Center and Boston Properties which closed at $112 a share today (down 20% from its high). Personal attacks and value judgments do not reflect the community I love.

    • The Constitutionalist

      Every decision you make in life is a value judgement.

  • RoadApples

    Fatimah,
    Appreciate your articles/efforts. I am sure you are not getting paid the big bucks $ in your current endeaver.
    Best of continued good fortune:
    ‘Irregardless’ of the Douche’Bag rif-raf whiners complaining about your
    editing skills.

    • Mike M

      Lowering your standards based on . . .

      • The Constitutionalist

        That’s the reality we live in now, where your efforts are appreciated and your failures are celebrated. Critiques be damned.

        • Mike M

          Your efforts and accomplishments are taxed.
          Your pretense and failures are subsidized.

          • reston resident

            Now that’s what I call “strict constructionism”, LOL!
            How I wish someone would subsidize my own pretenses, because they are much more fun than living in he real world!

  • The Constitutionalist

    This is the equivalent of “that one kid” in school trying to fit in with the cool kids but he just won’t take the hint.

    • Willie Reston

      Believe me, I want nothing less than to be associated with you and Mike M. I got a good laugh out of you considering yourselves cool, though.

      • The Constitutionalist

        Oh, I guess the constant replies to my comments is you trying not to associate with me. It’s definitely not a cry for attention.

  • Mike M

    They are all biased. CNN has messed itself comprehensively in its year-long conniption over Trump’s election. But it does work to present edited bias.

  • Generic User

    Pass Balducci’s on the left hand side, I say, unless BP’s parking fee denied.
    https://78.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxoftot0N11qk0lxso1_500.gif

  • Big Drop

    Fatimah, please edit this thread to eliminate the sixty or so off topic comments, many of which are disrespectful-actually painful to read in Reston. A lot of people will stop reading this blog because of trolls who ruin it.

    The parking consideration for Balducci’s is a serious one that may dictate the store’s future success. I would like to hear others’ comments about it.

    Again, please delete all off topic comments. Thank you.

    • The Grammar Police is Back

      The point of this thread is a request for RestonNow to do some actual reporting beyond mere cut-and-paste. If we had a dedicated journalist for the Reston beat, she could have asked the questions regarding parking considerations that you find to be serious. As it stands, the commenters are asking the questions that a journalist should be asking instead of just posting company releases. That’s the point of this thread, not the myopic view you make it out to be. I’d much rather hear about the parking issue from the parties involved, based on questions from a journalist, than learn about issues from commenters using names like “Big Drop” or “Grammar Police.”

      • Greg

        Huzzah!

    • Yes Comrade

      Glad to see the case for censorship is alive and well.

      “I personally don’t like these comments, and so in the name of inclusiveness, inoffensiveness, and microaggressions, please delete the things I don’t like.”

      Viva la revolucion, comrade.

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