WaPo: Gourmet Safeway Opening Downtown

Today’s Washingtonpost includes an article entitled Gourmet Safeway Opening Downtown.

Some quotes:

“No retailer ever wants to be first,” said Bill McLeod, executive director of the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District. “Safeway is going to be such a huge traffic generator that it’s going to signal to other retailers that this is a great neighborhood.”

The once blighted area is slowly attracting new retailers. Locally owned Fifth Street Hardware opened this summer, and popular bar and coffee house Busboys and & Poets is expected to open within two months, McLeod said. The neighborhood hopes to attract more retail and restaurants, though McLeod said development has slowed with the economic downturn.

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