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Monday, April 17, 2006

WBJ: Garden District Owner Seeks 2nd Location

The Business Journal reports that the owner of the 14th Street store Garden District is seeking to open a simlar store elsewhere in DC. According to the article:
H Street NE, Georgia Avenue NW or Hyattsville could be home to his next store. He wants to sign a lease as soon as possible.
It would be pretty cool to get something like this on H Street. I like Fragers, but something like this on H Street could really bring things together, and I think that such a business could be very successful. Thanks to Omar for the heads up. & thanks to the anonymous commenter who left the web address for Garden District & the email for its owner ( joecarmack@gardendistrict.biz ).

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have already emailed him to tell him how excited we would be to have him on H street!

omar said...

Hopefully HSMS can help Joe Carmack find suitable commercial space on H. I forwarded this info to the HSMS folks this morning.

Anonymous said...

This would rock. I'm sure there are plenty of empty storefronts that would work for him.

inked said...

He would need a pretty large building for something like this. I think that the Rock & Roll Hotel (the big bright blue building on the south side of the 1300 block -used to be a funeral home) is about 4000sqft.

Anonymous said...

Parks Hardware is for sale--that seems pretty big.

inked said...

Park's, like many other properties are potentially for sale for the right price. I don't know exactly what that my be in the case of Park's I like Park's & I'm kind of hoping that they might stick around. There are plenty of vacant spaces on H Street & you could always use two places that are right next to each other (you can find that in the 1300 block.

Anonymous said...

Park's is for sale? Damn, they seem to do good business although with Home Depot not too far away, they may be hurting as rents start to rise. I haven't been to the Garden District store, how much space would they need? Also, just how much floor space does Park's have? It doesn't appear to be that large.

inked said...

According to the listing, Parks has almost 4000 sqft (maybe they are including the basement?). The article said that the owner wants something over 3000sqft.

Richard Layman said...

A lot of the Garden District's space is not "enclosed," it's outside, with a little building to the rear of the property. Ideally, someone could acquire a building next to a vacant lot, and acquire that too. That was the intent by someone in the neighborhood, but it didn't work out. I'm not sure why.

The best people for Garden District to contact would be Marcus & Millichap. They seem to have identified every possible property available for sale...

Anonymous said...

I love Park's. The owners and staff are really nice and they sell fishing licenses and bait to boot. I don't blame them for cashing out their property but I'll miss that place. Being able to walk 5 minutes to a hardware store is a absolute blessing.

inked said...

Park's isn't necessarily selling. The listing is not new (it's been up for a really long time). I think that Park's is more "testing the waters."

Anonymous said...

I think Parks is probably testing the waters as well.
I wonder how we can persuade the Garden District guy to look into H street more?

Anonymous said...

I just sent an e-mail of encoragement for an H Street store and would suggest others do the same.

Anonymous said...

How about the newly vacant Carlink site at 14th/Maryland? I don't know the square footage, but there's a small building and a large lot. Man would that be nice.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the Carlink site at 14th/Maryland would be perfect! It's a convenient spot for those in AND out of the area.