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December 1, 2017
Shopping in Georgetown? You’ll see a lot of pop-ups this year

Shoppers strolling the narrow sidewalks of Georgetown this holiday season may notice a bunch of new stores opened up seemingly overnight, thanks to a handful of pop-ups in prominent retail spaces along M Street NW. The pop-ups are the latest effort by EastBanc Inc., Jamestown LP and Acadia Realty Trust…

November 29, 2017
Ax-throwing? Downhill skiing? Here are 10 indoor adventures you can do in Greater Washington

Whether you’re looking for something to distract your kids or yourself as the temperature turns chilly, you have a lot more options these days than a boring old movie or bowling…

November 21, 2017
D.C.’s Entertainment Retail Boom Continues With 3 New Concepts Looking For Space

New concepts combining food and beverage with entertainment are popping up all over the D.C. area, and at least three such brands are looking for space to enter the market for the first time. AceBounce, a brand founded…

October 23, 2017
New Concepts Replace Aging Brands On D.C.’s Most Expensive Retail Corridor

The sidewalks of Chinatown‘s Seventh Street corridor, anchored by the newly renamed Capital One Arena, are filled with people day and night. Despite the foot traffic, several older struggling brands have been…

October 18, 2017
Joe & The Juice coming to 15th and K, eyeing other D.C. locations

Joe & The Juice, a hip juice bar and cafe out of Denmark, will open its first D.C. store at 1500 K St. NW, and is in talks for at least two other locations in the District. A spokesman for Joe & the Juice confirmed that the location, in a former CVS at 15th and […]

October 3, 2017
Here’s what’s taking the Maki Shop space on 14th Street

The chains are coming for D.C.’s busiest restaurant corridor: Smoothie King will open on 14th Street NW. The juice and smoothie-focused chain is finalizing a lease for 1522 14th St. NW, according to Chad Tramuta, franchise development manager for Smoothie King…

August 22, 2017
Capital One unveils plans for Wisconsin and M — and Chinatown

Capital One Financial Corp. will open two Capital One Cafe locations in D.C., bringing the combination bank, eatery and co-working concept to the company’s home market for the…

August 18, 2017
Georgetown Gaining Momentum With Office, Retail Activity Despite New Waterfront Options

Washington is quickly becoming a waterfront city, with new buzzy developments drawing consumers and office tenants to Capitol Riverfront and soon to The Wharf. But despite the rise of…

August 3, 2017
Capital One Makes Record Real Estate Buy in Georgetown

Sagamore Development has sold its building at the corner of Wisconsin and M streets NW to Capital One NA (NYSE: COF) for a whopping $50.2 million. The Baltimore-based development arm of Under Armour founder Kevin Plank’s empire bought the building back in 2014 for a reported $12.2 million, though deed records are…

August 3, 2017
Meet our 40 Under 40 class of 2017

If you don’t know their names yet, don’t worry. You will. The members of the Washington Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 class are already making a mark on Greater Washington.Don’t let the ages fool you; these are no rookies. Each honoree is a standout in their sector, climbing the ranks while still finding time […]

July 28, 2017
Home, Office Fitness Offerings Are Giving Traditional Gyms A Run For Their Money

The way people work out is changing drastically. Whether people are hopping into their office fitness centers before work, taking a late-night trip down to the gym in their apartment building or going to an afternoon SoulCycle class, the health-conscious have fitness options all around them.

May 10, 2017
One of DC’s most prominent retail corners is for lease

The three-story building at Wisconsin and M streets NW, the longtime home of Nathan’s restaurant, and an adjacent building just hit the market. David Dochter and Matt Alexander of Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors were tapped as leasing agents two weeks ago. A company affiliated with Kevin Plank’s brother, Scott Plank, bought the building at […]

April 5, 2017
Top Honors at CREBA Awards

The top commercial real estate brokers in the DC region were honored at CREBA’s 35th annual awards ceremony last night at The Ritz-Carlton in Foggy Bottom. Washington REIT executive vice president and chief operating officer Tom Bakke took home the Brendan McCarthy Memorial Award. Bakke joined WashREIT in 2014 after spending a year as senior managing director […]

December 15, 2016
City Tap House To Open Second DC Location At 1250 Connecticut Ave

City Tap House, a popular East End restaurant and craft beer bar, is opening its second DC location. The restaurant will move into 1250 Connecticut Ave NW. The restaurant will move into 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, a site currently occupied by STK, which will close on Saturday. City Tap House’s first DC location, at 901 9th St NW, […]

November 21, 2016
Still Growing Rapidly, DC’s Restaurant Scene is Pushing East

In recent years, DC’s core office market has shifted east as the East End and other emerging submarkets have blossomed. As this shift takes place, DC’s exploding restaurant scene has also tracked east, often leading the way for new development. One of the clearest ways to see this shift is by looking at the Michelin Guide.

October 20, 2016
​As REI opens, Foulger-Pratt aims to build NoMa’s next retail destination

The warehouse, once home Congressional Record printer National Capital Press Co., is envisioned as the retail hub for a larger mixed-use project Foulger-Pratt plans at the site, which will include two residential buildings and hotel…

September 8, 2016
Dean & Deluca to Open Second DC-Area Location in Bethesda

Bethesda fans of Georgetown’s unique retail options soon won’t have to leave home for a taste of the grocery market’s uppermost crust.  Dean & Deluca will open its second DC-area gourmet food market in a three-floor, 14k SF space at JBG’s 4749 Bethesda Ave in 2017. Dochter & Alexander Retail represents…

July 26, 2016
Retail Foot Traffic Trends: The Region’s Busiest Streets

Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors has been tracking the pedestrian flow of DC’s major shopping and restaurant streets.  Retail can’t survive without customers, so  the team has been diligently monitoring and analyzing pedestrian patterns 24/7 over the past 12 months.

May 19, 2016
Essentials for ICSC: The Latest Retail Market Stats

Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors released its newest market report highlighting key retail market stats and trends across 16 submarkets. Here are some things to know before ICSC: The East End, M Street in Georgetown, and Downtown Silver Spring were big retail winners this past quarter, with strong leasing activity.

April 29, 2016
Best Real Estate Deals of 2015: Earth Treks

Earth Trek’s 45,000 square foot indoor rock climbing facility adds another layer to Crystal City. Since 2014, Vornado Realty Trust has worked to transform Arlington’s Crystal City into lively hub of new eateries, startup businesses and fitness activities aimed at attracting millennials. The latest addition…

April 29, 2016
Best Real Estate Deals of 2015: REI Uline Arena

REI flasgship in D.C. is a top real estate deal of 2015. Outdoors outfitter REI wasn’t even planning to open one of its rare flagship stores in the District when it set out on a D.C. real estate search more than three years ago. It was thinking of doing something perhaps a little larger than […]

April 29, 2016
How Luxury Movie Theaters Are Transforming DC’s Retail Market

The experience of going to a crummy old movie theater and choosing between giant sodas and giant candies hasn’t exactly helped to stem the tide of movie watchers preferring to stay home to catch a flick. But developers are banking that a far better moviegoing experience will help reverse the trend…

April 15, 2016
Last Night at the CREBA Awards

Last night, CREBA held its 34th annual awards ceremony at the Capital Hilton in downtown DC. Especially when the night’s big winner, Cushman & Wakefield vice chairman Spencer Stouffer, took home the Brendan McCarthy Memorial Award. Spencer is a four-time CREBA top broker winner for NoVa—including this…

April 8, 2016
High-end Discount Department Store makes it Official for DC

It’s official: Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th is coming to 555 12th St. NW, joining a fellow discount luxury offering, Nordstrom Rack. Dave Dochter of Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors confirmed Saks will take a little less than 34,000 square feet in the building, most of which was formerly home to ESPNZone…

March 16, 2016
This Five-person Firm Is Changing The Way Dc Does Retail

Since branching off from Cushman & Wakefield to launch their own retail brokerage firm—Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors—Dave Dochter (right) and Matt Alexander (left) have signed several new deals—including REI to Pike & Rose in Rockville and Uline Arena…

December 24, 2015
What the Experts Got Right and Wrong in their 2015 Predictions

While no one has a crystal ball, it doesn’t stop us from trying to predict the future. Just for fun, let’s go over a handful of real estate forecasts made last year by leading commercial real estate firms and experts and see how things actually panned out. Prediction: There will be no…

December 1, 2015
In Silver Spring, the Long, Difficult Business of Saving a Mall

You don’t have to look far to find a developer that’s decided it’s time to give up on the mall business.Owners of a string of local malls decided it’s time to go in another direction in recent years as big box stores and online shopping ate away at their base of shoppers…

October 23, 2015
What You Need to Know About the DC Retail Market

While the multifamily and office markets are both making plenty of noise, no market in DC has been as consistently excellent over the past handful of years than retail and food. That’s why we’re excited to present our DC Restaurant and Retail event on Oct. 27 at the historic Howard Theatre…

October 12, 2015
Barnes and Noble Closing its last non-college store in DC

Big box bookseller Barnes & Noble will close its last bookstore not on a college campus in D.C. come winter, when it shutters its store at 11th and E streets NW.The 32,000-square-foot store follows the closures of several other large bookstores in the District in recent years: Barnes & Noble’s Georgetown store…

September 11, 2015
REI to Open a New Large Store in the Region; H&M May Follow

Popular outdoors outfitter REI will open a 35,000-square-foot store at Pike & Rose, the new mixed-use development from Federal Realty on Rockville Pike at Montrose Parkway. The store will be a relocation: REI will move its existing Rockville store at 1701 Rockville Pike to Pike & Rose…

August 10, 2015
CITI Open

We spent the last week at the Citi Open tennis tournament. Here, the best photos from a super fun week. At the semi-finals: EagleBank EVP Larry Bensignor with his wife, Fern, and Linowes and Blocher partner Rich Zeidman with his wife, Nancy. Who knew DC could have such perfect weather…

May 16, 2015
More Restaurants Heading to Shaw, Dolcezza heading to 44 Whole Foods

We’ve already had a lot of Shaw restaurant and retail news lately, and we’ll keep on adding fuel to that red-hot restaurant neighborhood fire with some more: three new restaurant concepts have signed on to The Colonel, a residential development at 1250 Ninth St. NW…

March 13, 2015
Dave Dochter and Matt Alexander Leave Cushman to Start New Retail Firm

Retail brokers Dave Dochter and Matt Alexander are no longer with Cushman & Wakefield and plan to launch their own brokerage, Dochter confirmed Friday. The pair — who worked together at Cushman the past five years…

February 23, 2015
The Dave & Matt Swat Team

When one of America’s five biggest REI stores (out of 140) announced recently it would take 51k SF in NoMa’s Uline Arena, it didn’t happen by magic. Behind the scenes was a machine. Or more precisely, the Cushman & Wakefield retail group led by Matt Alexander, left, and Dave Dochter…

February 12, 2015
No Shopping Malls Built Since 2009

Cierra Dorsey has “good memories” of the mall where she dragged teenager but now prefers, like other Americans, shopping elsewhere: the “shopping mall” traditional symbol of consumption in the 1960s, has more booming in the United States…

February 11, 2015
US Shopping Mall Culture – Dying or Just Changing?

Cierra Dorsey has happy memories of hanging out at the mall as a teenage girl, an adolescent rite of passage under threat in parts of the US as old-fashioned malls close their doors. While high-end malls thrive…

February 11, 2015
The Mall, US Consumer is an Endangered Species

Dorsey has “good memories” of the mall where walking in his teens, but now prefers like other Americans, do their shopping elsewhere: the traditional shopping mall…

February 3, 2015
US Shopping Mall Culture—Dying or Just Changing?

Cierra Dorsey has happy memories of hanging out at the mall as a teenage girl, an adolescent rite of passage under threat in parts of the US as old-fashioned malls close their doors. While high-end malls thrive…

September 30, 2014
Why Landlords and Restaurants Better Play Nice

Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Stephen Strasburg and Wilson Ramos. Developers and restaurants. One of those partnerships might seem not like the others, but as we heard yesterday at our 4th annual DC Restaurant Development Summit…

July 8, 2014
Sip Wine Tasting and Tapas Signs Lease in Rosslyn

The days of limited watering holes in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood are coming to a close, it seems. The latest in a string of new spots, from Heavy Seas Alehouse to the forthcoming Bistro 360, will be Sip Wine Tasting and Tapas Restaurant…

June 5, 2014
Luxury Shopping Returning to Downtown DC. Is Washington Ready to Buy?

A lawyer leaves a deposition and pops into Tumi for new carry-on luggage ($680). A tourist ducks out of the rain and treats herself to a classic trench coat from Burberry ($1,695). Two conventioneers skip the plenary session…

May 23, 2014
Swallow The Money

Elaine Chon-Baker is sitting at the mafia table, and everyone is treating her like the boss. “You get one of my favorite cocktails of all time—not on the menu,” says bartender Steve Oshana as he approaches the secluded corner of Arlington restaurant Water & Wall, where we’re…

May 15, 2014
The Power 100: Influential Players Running Washington & the World

Cushman & Wakefield’s David Dochter, 34, manages a $500 million portfolio and is helping make Washington a bustling retail center with projects like the massive mixed-use CityCenter…

America’s Dead Malls

In an interview with AFP, David Dochter discusses the evolution of retail in the United States and the impact it has had on the American mall culture.

April 10, 2014
CREBA 2013 Winners

Last night at the Fairmont Hotel, CREBA celebrated the best in the brokerage biz at its 32nd annual real estate awards. Retail Agents of the Year: David Dochter and Matt Alexander…

February 27, 2014
State of the DC Retail Market: Georgia Ave Ascendant, Creative Spaces

Petworth and Georgia Ave are ascendant, and unconventional uses for retail spaces are becoming more common, according to the panelists at a Thursday morning event…

January 27, 2014
H&M to Take Over Former Filene’s Space on Connecticut Avenue

The last space previously occupied by a Filene’s Basement in the District has been filled: Fashion retailer H&M will take over the 28,000-square-foot store at 1133 Connecticut Ave. NW. I’d been hearing H&M….

August 12, 2013
Cushman & Wakefield Announces New Headquarters Lease for Ellin & Tucker, Major Updates to 400 E. Pratt

Cushman & Wakefield announced today that Ellin & Tucker, a leading CPA firm specializing in accounting, auditing and tax services, will relocate its Baltimore headquarters office from 25,418 square feet in 100 South Charles Street to 400 East Pratt Street…

June 1, 2012
How Popularise Brought Crowdsourcing to DC’s Commercial Real Estate Market

The tycoon Herbert S. Miller developed his real estate the old-fashioned way: He built it. (Think Gallery Place, Georgetown Park and Washington Harbour.) His sons, Ben and Dan Miller, have taken a decidedly modern approach to the family business…

April 6, 2012
Dealmaker: David Dochter, Senior Director of Retail Services at Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

A conversation on a long ski lift in Park City, Utah, is what got Dochter, 32, interested in commercial real estate. But the door-to-door salesman learned quickly how hard it is to break into the business. He was initially rejected by Cushman & Wakefield in New York

October 14, 2011
Golden Triangle Unveils High-End Retail Strategy

When it comes to attracting high-end retail to D.C., Connecticut Avenue doesn’t want to be left behind. The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is implementing a new strategy to draw independent retailers