Early Briefing: Goodbye, Produce Galore

Margaret Pendleton, left, says goodbye to longtime customer Evelyn Tanner, who was fond of Produce Galore's soups. The store had offered 400 varieties over the years. (Marvin Joseph/twp - The Washington Post)

*The Columbia grocery store was started in 1976 with $1,000 won on a lottery ticket. It sold products that were exotic for the time, such as cilantro and ginger. But other grocery stores caught up, and more big ones moved in, and now Produce Galore is closing its doors.

"I'm just waiting for a millionaire to read your letter and say, 'I'm going to save you,' " said Heather Damore of Columbia. She paused, and then had a better idea: "I'm going to buy a lottery ticket." See story.

*Pepco Holdings of the District said in a press release it appointed Joseph M. Rigby as its president. Rigby, a former executive vice president, will continue in his role as chief operating officer, Pepco said. Dennis R. Wrasse, the chief executive, had been serving as president.

The company also said Kirk Emge, vice president of legal services, will be general counsel. He is taking over for William T. Torgerson, vice chairman and chief legal officer.

*Lockheed Martin chief executive Robert J. Stevens got $30.9 million in compensation last year, according to the company's recent proxy, including salary, bonus and option awards. That's up from $18.6 million in 2006. Part of his big boost 2007 came about because he's eligible to retire. He was also rewarded for beating Wall Street's expectations for 2007.

By Terri Rupar  |  March 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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Good Riddance! In fact, the produce was second rate. And the service was horrendous. Any request by a customer was greeted as an annoyance. The cashiers were rude, but that owner was worse. Unless he knew you, you were treated terribly.
The traffic may have lessened, but these people did nothing by way of selection or service to save their business.
Stay Away!

Posted by: Martin | March 16, 2008 1:13 PM

The owner Kent is an amazing person. Hes worked since he was 13!!! he certainly knows a lot about food and quality. While you may have had a "bad experience" i know that while at work i was ALWAYS friendly. Produce Galore was my home for 3 years and im appauled that anyone would say anything like that!!! All that we can do is try, and try we did. There are always going to be a few rude employees, but Kent was never rude unless he was being cheated. Obviousley some people dont understand family businesses, because if you were ever a part of one you would never ever had said anything like that. We tried and that was all we could do.

Posted by: Emily | March 22, 2008 1:07 PM

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