I want to be clear that right now, this is just a rumor, but I have it on pretty good authority that JoS. A. Bank is in negotiations to be the tenant replacing Blockbuster on Barracks Row. This is great news for all of us clamoring for retail on that stretch!
“Jos. A. Bank is the kind of business that we hope can serve as a retail anchor for Barracks Row and the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, ” said Julia Christian, executive director of CHAMPS, Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce. She went on to say, “I hope this rumor turns out to be true!”
Now, if you’re like me, you’re saying, “Well, that’s great, but I don’t shop at JoS. A. Bank.” But, let’s not be shortsighted — hundreds, possibly, thousands of young men just a few blocks away at the Capitol DO shop there and it is my hope that they will add the crucial “foot traffic” that everyone talks about when lamenting the lack of retail options in the neighborhood. I’m optimistic that this will bring more and different retail to Barracks Row, and the wider Hill. It’s not the answer to my personal retail dreams (REI, are you listening?!) but it would definitely be a step in the right direction.
But again… so far, it’s just a rumor — but it was too good not to share!