Glover Park Business Update
The Glover Park commercial scene remain active and fluid – businesses open, they close, they change. Here is a quick update on current events.
FedEx Building Sold!
The FedEx building at 2440 Wisconsin Avenue (the former home of Piggly Wiggly grocery store in 1935) was sold by Adams Investment Group to Jefferson Builders for $4,850,000(!) Principals Martin Segal and John Holmes with Adams are based in Georgetown and have been active recently in large residential and commercial projects in DC. Roger Leventer, the principal of Jefferson Builders (also based in Georgetown), says he plans to hold the property as it is right now – FedEx, plus office space above, and two residential units on top.
Chipotle to Close Temporarily
Chipotle at 2338 Wisconsin Ave in the Calvert Center (the only business spared by the fire there in the spring) plans to do some renovations that will close the store temporarily. They plan to improve the front of the store to add a second line for online orders, replace the utensil/drink island and remove the wall seating and replace with permanent shelving to manage online order packages. Expected cost is around $100,000. The manager was not willing to discuss the timeline.
Breadsoda Gets Outdoor Entertainment
Breadsoda, at 2233 Wisconsin Ave, has two small and valuable outdoor spaces to their lower level restaurant. They asked for and received an entertainment endorsement from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and with the blessing the Advisory Neighborhood Commission. Breadsoda now will be able to provide recorded music outdoors both on its upper and lower level spaces.
Domino’s at 2332 Wisconsin Ave, the victim of a kitchen fire a few months ago, has been restoring the space in earnest recently and they are full of construction supplies as the work continues. Hopefully they will re-open in a month or two depending on permits and inspections and other red tape.
Whole Foods Opening Delayed
Whole Foods at 2323 Wisconsin expected to open this fall – alas, they have pushed back the grand opening to early next year. I suspect all the technology they plan to implement is taking time to install and test as some of it is new or recent to Whole Foods (though not to Amazon) – palm scanning for payment, Just Walk Out remote checkout, and the Dash Cart scanner technology.
We think Oktoberfest has started at Old Europe at 2434 Wisconsin Ave, though haven’t seen the advertising yet. Here’s the excitement from last year. "Eins, Zwei, Drei, G’suffa!"