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