A Change in Direction for J. B. Liquorette Space
Image from Google Streetview
Ever since J. B. Liquorette (corner of Florida and West Virginia) closed it's doors months ago, I've fielded a lot of questions about why it closed, and also about what might replace it. A church down the street owns the building, did they refuse to renew the lease? Will it be replaced by a more upscale store, maybe a wine shop? These are typical of the questions I've heard, and the chatter has only increased since the windows were removed, and the first floor gutted.
Here's the story to the best of my knowledge: The closure was the business owner's decision. The couple had operated the store for years, and stayed open through at least one robbery. But they were getting older, and decided it was time to retire. From what I have heard, the landlord (which is the church, BTW) did not force the closure, but the church also doesn't want another liquor store coming in. I spoke with a certain gentleman this morning who told me that they have had strong interest from two parties.
One of these parties is a hardware store, that the man indicated was interested in not only in J. B. Liquorette's old space, but also the space next door. I'm not sure what kind of square footage that would be in total, but it's definitely a big chunk. The second party (and again, this is just what I've been told) is said to be Starbucks. Odd location for a Starbucks? Yes, but there is Gallaudet right across the street. Judge for yourself on this one. Regardless, it sounds like we won't see any business taking over that sells alcohol.