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BGR heading to Brookland, Mason Dixie goes bricks-and-mortar and more new restaurant newsApril 12, 2017
Brookland is blowing up, and the latest addition will be BGR The Burger Joint. The local chain has signed on to Monroe Street Market, according to a broker for the space.
BGR will open in 1,476-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Portland Flats apartment building on Michigan Avenue NE. It will join a Starbucks, a Potbelly sandwich shop and an &pizza.
David Ward and Sean Harcourt with H&R Retail represented the landlord, the Bozzuto Group, in the transaction.
Habit Burgern Grill: Speaking of burgers, Habit Burger Grill is continuing its quest for D.C.-area burger domination with another Prince George’s County lease. Habit Burger will open in a 3,025-square-foot space at the Shops at Waldorf Center in Waldorf. The Irvine, California-based burger joint also recently signed a lease at Riverdale Park Station, which is home to Prince George’s County’s first Whole Foods. Bradley Buslik and Sean Harcourt with H&R Retail represented Habit Burger in the transaction.
Mason Dixie: Biscuit startup Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. finally has a permanent bricks-and-mortar location. The restaurant opens Saturday at 2301 Bladensburg Road NE in a standalone restaurant building complete with drive-thru. Mason Dixie will serve its signature biscuit sandwiches and fried chicken and add milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches using ingredients from D.C. creamery Milk Cult. (The two businesses met as members of Union Kitchen.) In addition to the drive-thru, Mason Dixie has 32 seats inside and a 1950s vibe.
Shilling Canning Company: Capitol Riverfront is getting yet another restaurant option with Shilling Canning Company, a restaurant from Reid Shilling, a former sous chef at The Dabney. Shilling is naming his first solo venture after his family’s canning business, which canned vegetables in Maryland for more than 30 years in the first half of the 20th Century. The 75-seat restaurant will open on the ground floor of the Arris apartment building in early 2018.
Shilling, who also previously worked under star chef Thomas Keller at Michelin-starred Bouchon Bistro in California, will cook a modern American tavern menu that includes a raw bar and brick-oven pizzas. He plans to pull from as many seasonal products as possible, including herbs and produce grown in a patio garden outside the restaurant, which will face the Anacostia riverfront.
Rebecca Cooper covers retail, restaurants, tourism and the arts.
451 Apartments and a Hotel: The New Plans for Storey ParkApril 11, 2017
It has been a long time coming for NoMa’s Storey Park development, a project slated for 1005 First Street NE (map) that was originally approved to have 346,000 square feet of office space, 65,000 square feet of retail and 300 residential units.
While the development was initially approved in 2013 with an expected delivery date of last year, a slow office market and a change in the development team, with Four Points buying First Potomac out of its joint venture with Perseus Realty, contributed to repeated delays on the project.
Now, the developers are scrapping the office portion of the development in favor of a 225-room hotel and increasing the total number of apartments to 451.
The east wing of the 130-foot tall building would contain the hotel and 145 apartments (48 studios, 18 junior one-bedrooms, 31 one-bedrooms and 48 two-bedrooms); the west wing of the building would contain 306 apartments (78 studios, 165 one-bedrooms and 63 two-bedrooms).
The rooftop will house both hotel and residential space and amenities, as well as a shared pool. A three-level underground parking garage will deliver 185 shared hotel and residential parking spaces and 91 retail parking spaces, in addition to 122 long-term bicycle spaces.
There will be 23,026 square feet of retail, the bulk of which will be on the ground-floor; roughly 2,000 square feet of the retail space will share the loading level of the parking garage. HKS Architects is still the designer of the project, which was intended to also deliver a public courtyard with a sculpture garden.
Assuming that the development team is granted its requested zoning relief for loading ramp, courtyard dimension and parking garage entrance requirements, ground could break as early as this year for delivery in July 2019. The site is currently a paved public plaza, hosting regular events like outdoor movies.
First Whole Foods in Prince George County Opens April 12th, 2017April 10, 2017
Prince George's County's first Whole Foods Market will open in Riverdale Park on Route 1 on April 12, becoming the first property to open within a new $250 million mixed-use development complex.
The 40,000 square foot supermarket is located at 6621 Baltimore Ave. within Riverdale Park Station, about 1.5 miles from the University of Maryland campus. The property will not only expand grocery options for university students, faculty and nearby residents, but also act as a "community partner" within the county, said Prince George's County District 3 Councilwoman Dannielle Glaros.
The U.S. Agriculture Department has previously designated parts of College Park and other areas of Prince George's County as food deserts, or regions that lack easy access to fresh food, largely due to a shortage of grocery stores.
"It's a huge deal to have a quality supermarket like Whole Foods come into the community," Glaros said. "Residents across the county are excited. The majority of employees at their store here in Prince George's County will be county residents."
Many of the store's employees are transfers from other Whole Foods locations in Washington and Montgomery County, and are excited to be closer to home, Pia daSilva, the store's team leader and 2002 alumna of this university, said.
The new store will also sell products from various Maryland companies, including local businesses such as Honey Glow, a line of skincare products made from beeswax and other natural materials, which will launch in this store.
"I was so excited when Whole Foods posted that they wanted somebody local," College Park resident Therese Forbes, a Honey Glow co-owner, said. "Beekeeping has become new thing to do … so when Whole Foods was looking for local vendors I felt like this was my door and that this was it — I was ready."
The Whole Foods essentially anchors this development complex, Glaros said, but it's "really just the beginning of a lot openings and new businesses coming over there." Confirmed tenants of the shopping center include District Taco, Starbucks, Jersey Mikes and a Gold's Gym.
Along with retail spaces, the center will include a Hyatt House, a boutique hotel designed for extended stays, as well as 119 townhouses developed by Stanley Martin Homes.
"The first step was to get the Whole Foods open and running," Glaros said. "We have townhouses being built, those are actually rapidly selling … I think you'll see more tenants over the rest of this year definitely into next year."
This development will also be directly connected to this university's Discovery District — a 150-acre area surrounding The Hotel for business and research — as construction for a bridge designed for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars, is underway, Glaros said. The bridge will run from Rivertech Court, near the new site of the College Park Academy, to the new development complex, and is anticipated to open late fall, she added.
"[It's] a pretty exciting connection to be able to connect the University of Maryland's Discovery District [and] the College Park Metro station to this project, and for our people to be able to flow back and forth, east and west," Glaros said.
These connections, new retail space and increased walkability are making College Park a more attractive place to live, Ken Ulman, the chief economic development strategist for the university's College Park Foundation, said.
"We see Riverdale Park Station as an integral part of the Greater College Park initiative," Ulman said. "Having a Whole Foods sends a message to the outside world that this is a place on the move; this is a place worth looking at, worth investing in."
Whole Foods-anchored shopping center in Prince George's CountyApril 10, 2017
Almost 10 years after developers Jane and Calvin Cafritz first floated the idea of a Whole Foods-anchored mixed-use development on a tract of land in Riverdale between U.S. Route 1 and the CSX train tracks, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker can barely contain his excitement about this Wednesday's opening.
“It’s transformational for us, and I don’t say that tongue in cheek,” Baker said of the organic grocer’s commitment to the development. “There are elements who didn’t believe that Whole Foods would ever come to Prince George’s County. Whole Foods represents vibrancy, a changing of the neighborhood, a quality of life. It’s symbolic of a place on the rise.”
Riverdale Park Station is also the first development that Baker and his team hold up to show that doing business in Prince George’s County has changed from a corruption-laden, uncertain enterprise to a partnership between government and developers and other businesses. This project, he has said, is a tipping point to help his team sell the county to more big-name tenants and developers.
“It was the first deal that we actually put the full weight of the county executive’s office into making this happen,” Baker said. “We really used the political will.”
That's not to say it was an easy process; some neighbors were opposed to the project, and the entire thing required a complicated rezoning and the developer's commitment to build an east-west connection over the nearby CSX train tracks.
But it's already had a ripple effect. Baker said shepherding Riverdale Park through the approvals and permitting allowed the county to go to University of Maryland President Wallace Loh and Southern Management Corp. CEO David Hillman and convince them to work on the Hotel at the University of Maryland, the first full-service hotel to open in College Park in decades.
It also played a role in landing MGM National Harbor, according to Baker.
“We were able to show [MGM CEO] Jim Murren and [Peterson Cos. founder] Milt Peterson that we were going to stick, both politically and with regulatory agencies, with the deal that allowed MGM to come to fruition,” Baker said.
And just last week, that same political force came into play as Kaiser Permanente announced it would open a 176,000-square-foot administrative and IT facility on land next to the New Carrollton Metro station, a lease that kicks off construction on part of a planned 2.7 million-square-foot development and is one of several grand plans the county has for its many Metro stops.
In Riverdale Park, the developer had expected other high-quality tenants to follow in Whole Foods' (NASDAQ: WFM) wake. And Jane Cafritz said in a recent interview that she believes that prediction came true.
In addition to the grocer, Riverdale Park Station will be home to full-service restaurant Burton’s Grill, as well as Mod Pizza, Habit Burger, District Taco and Starbucks. For nonfood offerings, leases are in place for a nail salon, a physical therapy studio, a Comcast store, a bank branch, and a Gold’s Gym — the latter’s first to share a center with Whole Foods.
“I live in the area, so I think it’s safe to say, this Whole Foods is going to do quite well,” said Brad Frome, assistant deputy chief administrative officer for public infrastructure in Baker’s office. “But there’s probably another wave of folks looking to see how it does, saying, ‘can a retailer like Whole Foods be sustained in this area,’ just like there was when Wegmans opened.”
Townhomes are also under construction, and Cafritz will break ground later this year on a Hyatt House hotel at the property. There are also three residential buildings with a total of 850 apartments planned.
“The community wanted a destination. When we started this, College Park had not begun its revitalization,” said Jane Cafritz. “People wanted a place to be able to meet and greet and shop and eat and use as a community destination.”
Early on in the process, neighbors had asked for a Whole Foods, and the Cafritzes decided to try their luck with the grocer, even though it had no stores in Prince George’s County, Jane Cafritz said. Once Whole Foods looked at the demographics of the surrounding neighborhood, and the proximity of the University of Maryland, the Austin-based grocer was sold, she said.
Of course, the retailer has a lot of specific requirements, from parking to co-tenancy guidelines.
“They have a surface parking lot, because that is what they asked for,” said Cafritz. “I said, 'What would you like,’ and they gave me a number and I said ‘OK.’”
On co-tenancy, for example, Gold’s Gym sells supplements, which can conflict with Whole Foods’ organic supplement offerings. It ended up being fine because of the relatively small area the gym devotes to such sales. “We have respected and recognized their primacy, which has been a challenge at times,” Cafritz said.
Rebecca Cooper covers retail, restaurants, tourism and the arts.
H&R Retail Completes Five Retail Leases In Mid-Atlantic RegionMarch 27, 2017
H&R Retail, a Washington, DC/Baltimore-based retail real estate brokerage firm,announced that it recently completed five retail lease transactions in the Mid-Atlantic region. The leases include:
Blue Point Dental leased 2,215 square feet at Chatham Station, Ellicott City, Md. from Giant Food of Maryland. Sean Harcourt and Jim Crilley with H&R represented landlord.
DRNK Coffee & Tea leased 2,211 square feet at Cascades Overlook, Sterling Va. from Cascades Overlook Development Partners LLC. Sean Harcourt, Bradley Buslik and Sebastian Restifo with H&R represented landlord.
MyEyeDr leased 1,600 square feet at The Field at Commonwealth, Chantilly, Va. from Regency Centers Acquisitions, LLC. Geoffrey Mackler and Bradley Buslik with H&R represented tenant.
Smoothie King leased 1,343 square feet at Rhode Island Row, Washington, DC from RI Station LLC. Bradley Buslik and Sebastian Restifo with H&R represented landlord.
Wireless Center leased 1,305 square feet at the Shops at Quarry Lake at Greenspring, Baltimore, Md. from Greenspring Retail, LLC. Brian Mitchell with H&R represented the tenant.
About H&R Retail
H&R Retail, founded in 1983, is the largest retail-only brokerage firm in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore Metropolitan area, specializing in landlord and tenant representation as well as investment sales. With offices in Baltimore and Bethesda, Maryland, the firm exclusively represents 12.5 million square feet of retail space and 80 big box, specialty stores and restaurants. H&R Retail provides its clients with unparalleled market knowledge, exceptional service and aggressive and persistent support in negotiations.
Whole Foods sets opening date for Prince George's CountyMarch 24, 2017
It's finally here: Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) will open its first location in Prince George's County on April 12.
The organic grocer is the anchor of Riverdale Park Station, a new mixed-use development from Calvin Cafritz Enterprises. Whole Foods will join District Taco, Mod Pizza, Burton's Grill, Habit Burger and a handful of other shops and restaurants, as well as a Hyatt Place hotel.
The 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods will have a self-serve coffee station that includes espresso and cold brew, cold-pressed juice on tap, fish smoked in house, a pizza counter and a customizable acai bowl counter and self-serve mochi bar.
The store will open at 8:45 a.m. on April 12 and feature giveaways, doorbuster deals and cooking demonstrations.
Read More: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/03/13/more-mediterranean-coming-to-d-c-shake-shack-s.html#i1
More Mediterranean coming to D.C., Shake Shack’s latest opening and more restaurant newsMarch 15, 2017
Another competitor to Cava Grill and Roti is making its way into the D.C. market. Verts Mediterranean, an Austin,Texas-based fast-casual chain, has signed a lease at 1001 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Verts Mediterranean will occupy 2,063 square feet on the hyper-busy corner of Connecticut and K streets NW. The restaurant aims to open this summer or fall. Bradley Buslik and Lisa Ridgeway with H&R Retail represented the tenant in the transaction.
Austin, Texas-based Verts serves healthy Mediterranean food. The chain is looking to open two to five stores in the Washington region in its first phase here.
Verts comes from two University of Texas business school graduates and follows the Chipotle model. Guests pick pita, rice, quinoa or salad as a base, and then add protein — a variety of meats or falafel — vegetables and sauces. They advertise most dishes at fewer than 600 calories.
Verts has more than 20 restaurants in Texas and is expanding on the East Coast with new or planned locations in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. The chain is looking for two to five stores in Greater Washington in its first phase.
Here's when the H Street NE Whole Foods will openFebruary 20, 2017
The District's latest Whole Foods Market — complete with outdoor patio and Chinese diner from chef Erik Bruner-Yang — will open next month.
The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain announced on Tuesday that the store at 600 H St. NE will begin serving customers on March 15.
Alexandria to get a new tourist shop, Foot Locker opening another Prince George’s store and more retail newsFebruary 10, 2017
A new store focusing on Old Town Alexandria’s brand will open in the Virginia city next month. The Old Town Shop, from Old Town resident Valerie Ianieri, will be located in a 1,500-square-foot space at 105 S. Union Street in space that was formerly home to the Ladybird soap shop.
The store will sell clothing and other items with Old Town Alexandria logos on them, as well Virginia products such as peanuts. In the latter case, the store will help fill a void that was left when the Virginia Shop closed in 2014.
Ianieri expects the store to cater to Alexandria’s many visitors, according to spokeswoman Ann Bowman Jones. The design of the store will incorporate Alexandria’s history, and the shop will also host book signings, artist demonstrations and other events.
“It’s trying to fill a niche in Old Town Alexandria, and create Old Town specific products, because right now there’s nothing specific to Old Town that people visiting can take home with them,” Jones said.
Foot Locker: Sports apparel and equipment retailer Foot Locker (NYSE: FL) is opening another store in Prince George’s County, this one in Iverson Plaza in Temple Hills. The store, which will open later this year, has leased 4,641 square feet in the small shopping center at 3743 Branch Avenue. The store will join DTLR, Cricket Wireless and others. Larry Hoffman and Scott Yurow with H&R Retail represented Foot Locker in the deal.
Carpool bar plans new location as it prepares for closure in ArlingtonFebruary 9, 2017
Carpool, one of Ballston's favorite independent sports bars, is nearing the end of its time in Arlington, although the management plans to reopen in Fairfax County come summer 2017.
Carpool's owners have leased 7,839 square feet at 12821 Fair Lakes Parkway in a standalone building that was formerly home to Logan's Roadhouse. The site is across from Joe's Crab Shack and near Blue Iguana, Jersey Mike's and Paisano's Pizza. Geoffrey Mackler, Bradley Buslik and Sebastian Restifo of H&R represented Carpool in the lease negotiation.
Read More: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/02/07/carpool-bar-plans-new-location-as-it-prepares-for.html?ana=e_wash_brk&s=newsletter&ed=2017-02-08&u=yCWD0Oy0JoHAk%2FgQRfjkgsDF33S&t=148.664.1180&j=77329531
Small Bites: Wings and BBQ Come to Rockville’s Wintergreen PlazaNovember 23, 2016
Wintergreen Plaza in Rockville is continuing its retail transformation. Earlier this month Wingstop, a Dallas-based fast-food chain that specializes in a variety of chicken wings, opened at the shopping center at 891-E Rockville Pike. It’s the second Rockville location for the company, which has another restaurant at the Fallsgrove Village Center. And next year Mission BBQ is scheduled to open at the retail center, according to local retail blog Store Reporter. Plans by Alan Hamm Architects for the new restaurant have been posted online. The barbecue chain has 40 locations throughout the U.S. including 12 in Maryland, although this will be its first Montgomery County location. The restaurants serve brisket, pulled pork, ribs and home-style sides such as baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw.
H&R Retail Represents Federal Realty In Purchase Of Shopping center In Alexandria VaNovember 16, 2016
The 14,849-square-foot center is situated on 1.6 acres and is located adjacent to Federal’s Barcroft Plaza shopping center.
Michael Gorsage and Kate Howarth with H&R Retail represented the purchaser. The center was sold by by the James M. Loftus, Jr. Irrevocable Legacy Trust and the James M. Loftus, Jr. Revocable Trust c/o Wells Fargo Private Bank.
Read more: http://dc.citybizlist.com/article/386815/hr-retail-represents-federal-realty-in-purchase-of-shopping-center-in-alexandria-va#sthash.Uws8REDf.dpuf
Whole Foods To Open First DC-Area 365 Concept In FairfaxNovember 8, 2016
The 365 by Whole Foods Market store will open in Fairfax, the company announced yesterday. A spokesperson told Bisnow the grocer wouldn't disclose the specific site, but it plans to locate near Lee Highway and Fairfax Boulevard, about two miles from George Mason University.
Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/retail/the-dc-areas-first-whole-foods-365-is-opening-in-fairfax-67275?
Dave & Buster’s Schedules Silver Spring Opening for Nov. 21November 7, 2016
The website for the new location notes a “tentative grand opening” is scheduled for Nov. 21 and that it’s still hiring employees.
The website also says the new location will be open on Thanksgiving from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. The company announced in late September it was planning a late November opening, but didn’t reveal a specific date.
PetSmart Opens First Store in D.C.November 1, 2016
The new store is the first location for the pet retailer inside the Washington, D.C., metro area. Located within The Shops at Dakota Crossing shopping center, the new PetSmart will feature pet food, pet products, training classes for dog owners and a full-service grooming salon for dogs and cats. PetSmart Inc. operates 1,477 pet stores in North America and employs roughly 53,000 associates.
District Taco and Mod Pizza sign for new locations; District Distilling starts serving its own boozeOctober 13, 2016
District Taco has signed a lease for 3,016 square feet in Riverdale Park Station, the Whole Foods-anchored development from Calvin Cafritz Enterprises. It will be District Taco’s first foray into Maryland, after launching in Arlington and adding stores in D.C. and elsewhere in Northern Virginia the past few years.
Sneak Peek: Chuy’s in RockvilleOctober 3, 2016
The Tex-Mex restaurant that has more than 80 locations across the country has generated somewhat of a cult-like following for its made-from-scratch food and bevy of sauces including creamy jalapeno sauce.
The chain will open its first Maryland location in Rockville on Tuesday at Federal Plaza on Rockville Pike. The new 6,000-square-foot restaurant fills the former Ruby Tuesday location at the shopping center. It’s across from the Silver Diner.
H&R Retail Completes Six Retail Leases In MarylandSeptember 19, 2016
H&R Retail, a Washington, DC/Baltimore-based retail real estate brokerage firm,announced that it recently completed six retail lease transactions in Maryland. The leases include:
Thrifty Outlet leased 8,136 square feet at Edmondson Village Shopping Center, Baltimore, Md. from Edmondson Village, LLC. Geoffrey Mackler and Brian Mitchell with H&R represented the landlord.
Leverage Jiu-Jitsu Academy leased 3,288 square feet at Maple Lawn Retail, Fulton, Md. from Maple Lawn Retail, LLC. Brian Mitchell with H&R represented the tenant.
Read more at: http://dc.citybizlist.com/article/376293/hr-retail-completes-six-retail-leases-in-maryland#sthash.rnjGlLuj.dpuf
H&R Retail Represents Hobby Lobby in 57,497 SF Lease for New Store in California, Md.August 18, 2016
David Ward and Ben Hoskins with H&R Retail represented Hobby Lobby in the transaction, along with co-broker The Keith Corporation. The property owner is Shanri Holdings Corporation. The new Hobby Lobby store is slated to open in early 2017.According to Mr. Ward, H&R Retail principal, “We are pleased to have completed this transaction on behalf of Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby is one of our long-term, valued clients and this location in St. Mary’s County is perfect for a new store.”
Read more at: http://dc.citybizlist.com/article/370855/hr-retail-represents-hobby-lobby-in-57497-sf-lease-for-new-store-in-california-md#sthash.6xunjJE9.dpuf
Tex-Mex Restaurant Planning Fall Opening in RockvilleAugust 17, 2016
The Texas chain Chuy’s announced Friday it’s planning to open its first Maryland location in Rockville in October. The restaurant is building out a 7,300-square-foot space at Federal Plaza where Ruby Tuesday used to be.
Chuy’s has opened four restaurants in Northern Virginia in the past two years. The company said in 2014 it expects to open about a dozen restaurants in the Washington, D.C.-area.
Read more: http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/Web-2016/Tex-Mex-Restaurant-Planning-Fall-Opening-in-Rockville/