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Glover Park Hardware (formerly of 2251 Wisconsin Ave.) “will reopen in the old LADO space at 2233 Wisconsin Avenue, hopefully by late spring,” according to ANC Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal. The LADO language school formerly occupied the ground-floor retail space next door to Breadsoda.

“This is terrific news,” Blumenthal posted to the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup this morning. “Spread it around.” Done!

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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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The owners of Glover Park Hardware (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) thought they had a deal to renew their lease, owner Gina Schaefer told the Georgetown Current. “The landlord decided at the last minute to lease to someone else. It felt like the worst part of business.”  The store, which opened in 2005, plans to close in mid-January.

Schafer said the shop is actively looking for a nearby location, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal told reporter Brady Holt that she was looking for ways to help make that happen. “This will be a terrible thing for the neighborhood if they go,” Blumenthal said.

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Glover Park Hardware (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) will close in mid-January because it was not able to come to terms with its landlord on a new lease. But the store’s owners are looking for another location nearby, assistant manager Olen Hopkins tells us: “They are trying diligently to keep us in this area, but it’s all still kind of up in the air.”

The hardware store negotiated its original lease with the building’s previous owner before opening in early 2005. But the complex was sold in 2013 and is now a joint venture of Altus Realty, Chesapeake Realty Partners and Ellisdale Construction. The three partners are building an apartment complex at the rear of the property, on what was formerly the hardware store’s parking lot.

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Glover Park Hardware bag saleOn Saturday, February 22, shoppers at Glover Park Hardware (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) will get 20% off “almost anything” that fits inside a brown paper bag (regular-priced merchandise only). What’s more, people with Ace Rewards membership cards can get the bag sale deal a day early—that is, today, February 21.

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While its rear parking lot is torn up to make way for apartments, Glover Park Hardware (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) has added several services to make shopping there easier:

  • Personal shoppers: With 45 minutes’ notice, customers can call in an order and find it waiting for them at the cash register to be paid for;
  • Curbside pickup: By providing a credit card number when calling in an order, the customer can swing by and have the whole order brought out to their car at the curb;
  • Shop and pick-up: At the end of a shopping trip, the customer can go fetch their car and bring it to the curb, where staff will help load their purchases; or
  • Walking delivery: The store will deliver purchased items to customers within a quarter-mile radius of the store for free.

For more information, visit acehardwaredc.com. To call in an order, contact store manager Jay Rushing or assistant manager Noe Delgado at 202-333-6378.

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2251 Wisconsin Rendering - Rear View
Glover Park Hardware and Washington Sports Club will remain open during a major revamp of their home at 2251 Wisconsin Ave., according to Gordon Nielsen of Summit Commercial Real Estate. Nielsen and business partner Guy d’Amecourt recently brokered the complex’s sale to a joint venture of Altus Realty Partners, Chesapeake Realty Partners, and Ellisdale Construction for $20.1 million.

The buyers plan to install a new glass facade and renovate the retail space, which includes a vacant storefront formerly leased by MyerEmco. In addition, they will construct an 81-unit apartment building with two levels of underground parking on land now covered by a rear parking lot. “The apartments will average 635 square feet with a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units looking to target young professionals,” states a press release provided by Nielsen. “The property overlooks the parkland of the Naval Observatory and Vice President’s residence.” The garage will include 97 parking spaces, Nielsen said, but he did not know how many of these would be reserved for tenants.

The image above, provided by Summit, shows the rear of the planned apartment complex; here’s another Summit image showing a side view:
2251 Wisconsin Rendering - Side View

The website of Brown Craig Turner architectural firm has more images of the planned apartment complex:

Wisconsin 1 Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin 3 Wisconsin 4

And Chesapeake Realty Partners posted its own rendering:

2251 Wisconsin Ave

UPDATE: Construction on the facade is to begin this July, with the residential units in the rear completed by July 2014, the Georgetown Patch reports.

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