Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Rhode Island Row Finally Starts to Fill in with Stores

Tenants are finally starting to occupy Rhode Island Row. CVS has been there for a while. But the retail space leading up to the Metro has been well empty. There was a lone phone store that opened before Christmas. That was joined by yet another phone store (right next to it no less) in February.

One of the anchors, I guess that is what you’d call it, was the DMV. They finally opened there doors on Tuesday. Here’s some information on it from the DMV site:

The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles is opening its Rhode Island Service Center in Northeast on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Located in Rhode Island Row at 2350 Washington Place, NE, Suite 112N, the service center will be open for business Tuesday – Saturday from 8:15am – 4pm.

“We are excited to open this new service center,” said DC DMV Director Lucinda Babers. “This is a full service facility and customers will be provided with the same services that they currently receive at our Penn Branch and Southwest Service Centers.”

The Rhode Island Service Center is nearby for metro riders from the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station. There is also metro, garage, and street parking in the surrounding area. This location is also accessible for cyclists and pedestrians.

A Chipotle looks like it will be opening soon as well. Then sometime this summer a Carolina Kitchen will be opening as well.

I'm a little surprised at how long it's taken to get these places open. The phone stores went in fairly quickly. The Mobile was open in late December. The Sprint store sometime in February. The Chipotle has taken a very long time. Construction started in December and they still are not finished with the store. In fact, it looked like at the start of the year, they stopped working completely.

Hopefully the rest of the Row will fill in quickly. It would be great to have it all up and running.

A look inside the DMV

This was on the counters at the Chipolte store. I'm assuming their blue prints.

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