GW announced the addition of nine new partners to the Colonial Cash system, but popular new grocery store Trader Joe’s is not on the list.
“Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s has decided not to accept the GWorld card at this time; however, the University will continue to pursue this opportunity from time to time in hopes that Trader Joe’s will one day become a partner,” said Nancy Haaga, director of Campus Support Services, in an e-mail last week.
A Trader Joe’s spokesperson declined to comment for this story.
New additions to the GWorld system include: Wasabi Sushi, Crepeaway, Magic Gourd, Rumi Restaurant, Agua Ardiente, Carvings, Uptowner Cafe, Bubbles Salon and the Hummingbird Day Spa.
Haaga told The Hatchet in mid-September that the University had contacted Trader Joe’s about accepting GWorld.
After the specialty grocery store opened this fall at 24th and L Streets, it became a popular market for students because of its close proximity to campus and the closing last year of the Marvin Center’s District Market.
The Watergate Safeway, the other grocery store located close to campus, also does not accept GWorld.
“I was excited when it was rumored that (Trader Joe’s) would be on GWorld,” freshman Joshua Sorkin said. “It could have been a good opportunity for both students and Trader Joe’s.”
“It’s always good to have variety and more off campus restaurants,” Sorkin said. “Although it would have been nice to have a good supermarket on GWorld.”