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From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Glover Park may soon be welcoming a new business at 2319 Wisconsin Ave., but its current tenant, Tennis Zone, is not leaving, owner Ravi Shankar tells us. Although the building currently sports a “for rent” banner, “we are staying here, but we’re moving upstairs,” Shankar says. The storefront’s second floor is currently vacant. Landlord Remy Esquenet did not respond to requests for comment.

Tennis Zone now offers yoga wear as well as tennis equipment. At press time, the shop was planning to run a $20-off sale on women’s yoga and lifestyle apparel in September.

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Glover Park Hardware will open in its new ground-floor location (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) in mid-September, according to the Georgetown Current. The company rented the vacant storefront shortly after its lease at the prior location (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) expired in January. The owners have been working ever since to renovate the space and install a needed freight elevator. “Glover Park Hardware’s new space is smaller in square footage than the old store,” the Current states, “but [owner Gina] Schaefer said the store benefits from a friendlier relationship with the landlord, cheaper operating costs, and a nicer appearance than the unrenovated old space.”

The store’s old space underneath Washington Sports Club is slated to become a Rite Aid.

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A building permit has been issued for a new Rite Aid in the old Glover Park Hardware space (2251 Wisconsin Ave.), according to the Washington Business Journal. “Work will include demolition and installation of a rear elevator and a sprinkler system,” WBJ reports.

The dearly missed hardware store will return to the neighborhood soon, in the vacant space next to Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.). Due to delays related to the installation of a freight elevator, the store won’t reopen until mid-June at the earliest, the owner tells us.

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From the May 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The parking lot and building for Pearson’s Wine & Spirits (2430 and 2436 Wisconsin Ave.) have been listed for sale. “Both this store and parking lot are in a prime location in a strong mix of retail and office development, surrounded by a high-income residential neighborhood,” the listing reads. The two properties are owned by David and Helen Choi, who bought them along with the business in 2009. The Chois previously listed the parking lot for sale in 2012, but at the time David told us the family had no intention of selling it. Rather, he said, the lot was listed as a way to discover its fair market value—a common strategy with one-of-a-kind properties. As for this time around, we’re not sure what the listing means. We learned of the listing after our deadline, and David was not immediately available for comment.

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From the April 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

 Glover Park Hardware is scheduled to reopen this month. The store, which lost its lease at 2251 Wisconsin Avenue in January, has rented the basement storefront next to Breadsoda at 2233 Wisconsin Ave. The vacant, 7,500-square-foot space is the former home of LADO language school.

“We love our Glover Park community and we were committed to reopening in this neighborhood,” co-owner Gina Schaefer said in a press release. Neighbors interested in news of the reopening can sign up for bulletins by emailing gloverfans@acehardwaredc.com.

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Screen shot 2015-03-28 at 7.40.30 AMLancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, which delivers produce, herbs, and other farm products to members all summer, has changed its pickup location. With its former host, Glover Park Hardware, still building out a new location at 2233 Wisconsin Ave., the community-supported agriculture program will do its Glover Park dropoffs at Balance Gym (2121 Wisconsin Ave.) this year.

Full-season signups are open until April 24th, and the Summer CSA runs for 26 weeks from May through October. For more information or to sign up, visit lancasterfarmfresh.com or call 717-656-3533.

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By Randy Rieland

From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

If you asked people in Glover Park what they’d like to see on the Wisconsin Avenue strip, it’s a good bet not many would say two drug stores.

But that’s what we’ll have soon when a new Rite Aid moves into 2251 Wisconsin Avenue, pretty much across the street from the CVS. For the past 10 years that space has been occupied by Glover Park Hardware. It closed in mid-January after it lost its lease.

The store’s owner, Gina Schaefer, said she found out in November that the landlord, Chesapeake Realty Partners, was not going to renew the lease and instead had chosen to rent the space to another business. That surprised Schaefer because she thought they had reached an agreement—although she says she did start to get suspicious when there was one delay after another in closing the deal.

Schaefer speculated that even though the Glover Park store was one of nine Ace Hardware franchise outlets she owns in DC and Baltimore, she lost out to a “nationally accredited tenant” because it would, in the eyes of the bank, bring more value to the property if Chesapeake Realty wants to sell the building. Chesapeake, based in Owings Mills, MD, is constructing an 82-unit apartment building in what used to be the parking lot behind the former hardware store and Washington Sports Club.

Glover Park ANC Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal confirmed that a Rite Aid will be going into the space. “Losing an Ace Hardware store is a big setback for the community,” she said. “Ace to Rite Aid is a terrible tradeoff.”

Blumenthal pointed out that as much as people in the neighborhood may want to see more independent businesses on Wisconsin Avenue, the relatively small Glover Park business community has very little leverage in influencing who outside property owners rent to. By contrast, she said, the much more robust business community in Georgetown is working together to try to slow the pace of national brands replacing independent businesses there.

“We have some really good businesspeople here,” Blumenthal added. “But you’d like to have a really dynamic business community. It’s adequate, but it’s getting less interesting.”

For her part, Schaefer wants to try to stay a part of it. She’s looking at another property elsewhere on Wisconsin but she didn’t want to reveal a location. As of this writing, no deal has been done. She regrets that she lost the space in the heart of the Glover Park business district. “It was a great store,” she said, noting that before it lost its parking lot to the apartment construction project, Glover Park Hardware ranked behind only her Tenleytown operation in terms of business.

Schaefer also said she’s been touched by the outpouring of support she’s heard from Glover Parkers. Someone actually wrote, “Can we lay down in the street for you?”

“It does make you feel good to know that the community was bummed about this because we definitely were bummed. We have absolutely loved this neighborhood.”

Schaefer said the store’s 24 employees will be shifted to her other hardware stores, including the ones in Tenleytown and Woodley Park.

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