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Monday, November 21, 2011

More Action at Hechinger Mall?

Empty Lot by M.V. Jantzen
Empty Lot, a photo by M.V. Jantzen on Flickr.

A reader writes in with the following:

"I notice that there’s construction in the old National Liquidators building in the space formerly occupied by H [and] R Block. Wondering if you have any idea what’s going in there. Has the Ross Dress for Less spawned a retail renaissance?"

Anyone have any good info on this one?

25 comments:

IMGoph said...

Hopefully! While I'd love to see the entire mall demolished someday, and replaced with a mixed use site (retail on the bottom, apartments above, all properly addressing the street with parking below grade, not in giant lots in front), at least for now, let's fill it up with lively uses!

IamDCDG said...

Sure wish we could get something with decent food. Subway? Chinese take-out joints? Wings and More Wings? Safeway hot bar? It's like the revitalized H Street stops at the intersection of Bladensburg. Oh, it does.

How about a DC-3, Meatballs, Young's Deli, relocate Sugar over here, open a Ben's Chili Bowl Express; I'll even settle for Flippin' Pizza!

Wishful thinking, I know, but Cameron's Seafood just doesn't do it for me.

Tom A. said...

iamDCDG:

www.langstonbar.com/

There's also that place with a huge outdoor patio near 20th street, but I'm not sure of its name or the quality of the food.

Anonymous said...

JC Penny's

Anonymous said...

JC Penny's is going to fill the remaining building that National Wholesale Liquidators once occupied.

IMGoph said...

would LOVE a Penney's in DC. or a Kohl's.

Kiki said...

Tom A. and IamDCDC,

It's the Roadside Cafe: http://roadside-cafe.com/

I just noticed it for the first time like two weeks ago. Looks really interesting and tryable.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'd really like to hear some comments from people who've eaten at Roadside Cafe.

Anonymous said...

Here's a (mostly positive) review of Roadside Cafe from Yelp:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/roadside-cafe-washington

East_H said...

I also heard this was going to be a JC Penny... somebody associated with the Ross buildout mentioned that it was a possibility.

JC Penny doesn't get me super excited, but it's better than nothing.

Anonymous said...

As long as, it isn't a detention center or boystown, I'm ok.

John said...

What do you have against Boystown?

Anyway, this is the most recent info I could find from the developers -- up to 30,698 square feet available for rent: http://hrretail.com/PDF%5CProperties%5CHechinger%20Mall%20Flyer%20Version%202%2003-24-11eAP.pdf

Dave B said...

I thought it was going to be a Whole(sale) Foods.

JC Penney is probably a pretty good get for that space if it is to remain a stripmall. The options there are limited.

People want retail and JC Penney is big retail. Its a start. It's not Banana Republic or a fancy boutique, but it would appeal to a very large market and import people to the area who might not otherwise come (oh shit I need a decent article of clothing right now. oh there is a JCP not in a far out suburb??), basically anybody who isn't super-picky about their clothes.

Between the internet and JC Penney, I could fill 90% of my shopping needs

E in Rosedale said...

JC Penney's isn't so bad. Fun fact; their new CEO most recently ran Apple's entire retail operation. In any case, I'm all for someplace I can pick up clothing 'staples' in a pinch. Ross is okay, but it can be hit or miss. On any given day you can get a pair of jeans, but only if you don't mind dragons embroidered on the back pockets.

Anonymous said...

I asked an employee at Ross last night and she said, "either JC Penny's or a Dollar Store."

ro said...

that's a huge get for our neighborhood if it's true they are moving in. while JCP isn't my cup of tea, the fact that a national chain of that stature sees a market here is a pretty big deal. it would also be the only JC Penney in the district.

Anonymous said...

please whole foods. please whole foods. please whole foods. whole. foods. please.

Anonymous said...

^^^If a Whole Foods went in here my head would explode.

Not gonna happen.

Trinidaddy said...

F whole foods. Excited about JCP!

Anonymous said...

Where is this place even? It must be in the ghetto part of the neighborhood I don't travel to.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:47: please continue to not travel there. While you're at it, please don't travel to any other parts of the neighborhood either. It's best for you anyway, as they're all too dangerous. Reston is more your style. Thanks in advance.

andrew said...

Ooh. JCP isn't bad, but I'd prefer a Kohl's. The closest one is all the way out in Bowie.

oboe said...

I asked an employee at Ross last night and she said, "either JC Penny's or a Dollar Store."

Boscov's or Industrial Lead Smelter.

Anonymous said...

it won't be a JCP. there's one 20 minutes away next to wegman's and costco. dream big. dream kohl's.

Anonymous said...

@8:47,

It's across the street from my home, you clown.

Scramble off to bed and let the grownups talk.