Big Retail News #1: Grand Opening of Tanger Outlets at Nat’l Harbor


At last, some retail news that’s related to shopping! Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good restaurant opening, but I’m getting tired of shopping online or having to cross the border to do my 3D shopping. So you can imagine how thrilled I am that there is a Tanger Outlet center opening up at National Harbor (practically down the street!) this weekend! They’ve got a whole grand opening shindig planned: fireworks, music, and most importantly of all: SALES. Check out their website for a store directory, 20% coupons, and the event details. 

Click here to see listings near National Harbor!

Union Station H&M Opening Thursday

So long books, hello cut-rate fashion. The former Barnes & Noble space in Union Station has been plastered with H&M paraphernalia for quite awhile, and at last a key update has been added: the shop’s Grand Opening will be this Thursday at noon.



Photo Courtesy of Popville.

Actual Retail coming to H Street!


Look, clearly I’m a big fan of new restaurants, big or small. But if a newly gentrified area like H Street is truly going to thrive, it needs more than just bars and restaurants. Daytime foot traffic is every bit as crucial as nightlife, and that’s where office and actual retail come into play. By “actual retail” I mean shops the offer goods and services, as opposed to restaurants and grocery stores, which also fall under the broad umbrella of “retail real estate.”

So I was delighted to learn that Douglas Development announced at last week’s ANC 6C Planning and Zoning Committee meeting that their early vision for their new development at 501 H Street NE is a 32-unit residential building with a 3-story, 30K sf retail space in hopes of attracting a retailer like Crate & Barrel or Forever 21 as a tenant. Now that would seriously change the H Street vibe.


UrbanTurf has more:

32 Units and a Crate & Barrel For H Street?

501 H Street NE is on the right. Courtesy of Google Maps.

Is there a name-brand furniture store in the H Street Corridor’s future?

UrbanTurf recently learned that Douglas Development has plans to build a 32-unit residential building and three-story, 30,000 square-foot retail space, possibly with a furniture store like Crate & Barrel as the tenant, at 501 H Street NE (map)…

Read the rest here.


It’s Official: Barnes and Noble Will Anchor Monroe Street Market

Bozzuto, one of the developers behind Brookland’s major Monroe Street Market development, has announced that Barnes & Noble has signed on to be the anchor tenant for the complex. B&N is the second retailer to sign on to the project – local pizza shop &Pizza being the first. The split-level, 14,000 sf shop will also serve as the official bookstore for nearby Catholic University. Now the real question is, can they convince Whole Foods to sign on?