Tuesday, April 15, 2014

H&M, Lobster Shack Coming to Dupont

A trio of news pieces for Dupont:

Willie T's Lobster Shack is looking to open at 1511 Connecticut Ave NW. This space was (for a loooong time) home to Marvelous Market. That local chain has now closed all but one of its stores. However, the owners of Marvelous Market are the same owners of Willie T's Lobster Shack. No word yet on an opening date, but look for it this summer.

Boutique pet store, the Cheeky Puppy has opened its doors at 1709 Connecticut Ave NW. Cheeky Puppy opened on April 1 and bills itself as the "go-to resource for modern, design-conscious pet lovers." 

This is actually more "Farragut Square" news, but very much walkable from Dupont. We learned in January that Swedish clothing retailer H&M was planning to open at 1133 Connecticut Ave NW. The 28,000 square foot space was last occupied by Filene's Basement. H&M is currently building out and hiring staff, so the opening will come sooner than later. This stretch of Connecticut Ave has quite a few other clothiers including Brooks Brothers, Gap, Rizik'z, Victoria's Secret, Men's Warehouse, Dress Barn, and Ann Taylor. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Running Store Will Replace Cowgirl Creamery

The Potomac River Running Store looks to replace the former Cowgirl Creamery store in Penn Quarter. Cowgirl Creamery closed its doors at 919 F Street NW in December 2013. There is 1980 square feet of retail space at 919.

Potomac River Running Store specializes, not surprisingly, in running shoes, socks, and other running related accessories. This would be the 2nd PR Running Store in the District (Cleveland Park), and 10th overall. The other stores in this locally & family owned chain are located as far away as Leesburg and Rockville. No word on exact opening date or hours of operation, but the current DC store is open 7 days a week including 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gap Store Opening Downtown

Gap will occupy the first and basement floors of 664 11th St NW.
The Gap was one of my middle school mall stand-bys. Gap, Structure, Up Against the Wall, PacSun, and the occasional parent-forced trip to Sears pretty much completed my school wardrobe shopping needs for several years. Gap sort of fell off for me in high school, but I still appreciate the aesthetic of plain, solid color, cotton anything.

The Washington Business Journal reports that the District's third Gap store will open in Metro Center, directly across the street from H&M and Forever 21. The 13,000+ square foot store would another good name brand option to an already apparel-heavy part of town. In addition to H&M and Forever 21, Guess (closed), American Apparel, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, J Crew, T.J. Maxx, and Zara are within 3 blocks of the new Gap store (664 11th Street NW). The new sore will be next to Crumbs Bake Shop and two doors down from Pret A Manger.