Georgetown Landlords Are Going Small To Stage A Big Comeback

“To some degree, Covid had a cleansing effect on various retail markets, and I think Georgetown is one of those,” Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors principal Dave Dochter said. “I think what you’re going to see coming back in Georgetown is going to be much more exciting for the consumer.”

Tracking D.C.’s Bakery ‘Explosion’: What’s Behind The Rise Of The Region’s Tastiest Retail Trend

A few months into the pandemic, Jason and Yuri Oberbillig began selling Japanese and French-inspired pastries from a tiny counter at the front of Cleveland Park Italian restaurant Al Volo. The compact pop-up operation, SakuSaku Flakerie, allowed guests to order a coffee and pastry to go or bring their goodies to the serene patio behind the restaurant, well before the dinner crowd arrived.

CREBA Honors Top D.C. Brokers At Annual Awards Ceremony

Four hundred D.C. commercial real estate professionals came together Tuesday evening at The Ritz-Carlton in the West End to bestow honors to the top-performing brokers and most respected executives in the industry.

Georgetown Landlords Are Going Small To Stage A Big Comeback

After ceding ground to upstart neighborhoods, one of the oldest retail destinations in D.C. has mounted a comeback. Georgetown has seen retail vacancy fall by 7 percentage points since it peaked at 20% in the spring of 2021, according to Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors. The submarket has roughly 1.6M SF of total retail space. Direct-to-consumer brands and smaller tenants looking for a prestige address to showcase their products are leading the charge, retail brokers in the area told Bisnow.

Retail Vacancy Tops 20% In Downtown D.C. While Suburban Storefronts Fill Up

Retail vacancies have begun to come down from their pandemic highs across the Metropolitan Washington region, but not in Downtown D.C. The District’s central business district’s vacancy has risen from 6.6% in winter 2020 to 20.7% this summer, according to new research by retail advisory firm Dochter & Alexander. The East End‘s vacancy rose from 9.2% to 21.2%. Combined, there is more than 800K SF of vacant high street retail in the heart of the nation’s capital. Those office-heavy areas are lagging behind the rest of the region, where high-street retail vacancy dropped overall vacancy rate to just over 14%, down from about 15.8% last fall.

After Prominent Closures, D.C. Restaurants Operating With ‘A Sword Over Your Neck’

Certain areas of the city are recovering more swiftly. While downtown and other office-heavy districts remain soft, the 14th Street corridor continues to be an active place, said Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors principal and co-founder Dave Dochter. But within those submarkets lie further particularities, Dochter said. “Is it a well-positioned corner with good ceiling heights and outdoor space and appropriate infrastructure? You’re in a good place,” Dochter said. “Are you mid-block with low ceiling heights? Then no.”

D.C. Area’s First Amazon Fresh Grocery Store Opens In Northern Virginia

Amazon has opened the first location of its grocery store concept in the D.C. area, with several more in the works. Customers lined up as early as 4 a.m. Thursday for the opening of the Amazon Fresh store in Franconia, Virginia, NBC Washington reported. The 30K SF store features a selection of grocery items and prepared foods, and it has technology that allows customers to scan a QR code in the Amazon app and add items to their Amazon Dash Cart, which tracks purchases and charges customers’ cards when they leave the store.

Rent Payments Loom For Restaurants As Capacity Restrictions Lift

Many restaurants in D.C. and across the country have been paying little to no rent over the last 14 months as the pandemic has depressed their sales. Now, with the warm weather and vaccinations bringing more customers, and with cities like the District lifting their capacity restrictions, restaurants will soon have larger bills to pay. But the difficulty of hiring back staff and the uncertainty of whether people are comfortable enough to crowd into restaurants could make it difficult for restaurants to pay the rents their landlords will soon demand.

D.C’s Retail Market Heating Up With Over 120 New Tenants Searching For Space

The D.C.-area retail market has suffered from rising vacancy during the coronavirus pandemic, but a new report shows a surge in prospective tenants that could begin to fill that space. Eighty-six retail operators began seeking D.C.-area space in the first three months of the year, followed by another 45 tenants in April, a significant increase in activity from last year, Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors‘ spring D.C. retail market report found….

H Street Losing Retail Momentum To Union Market, But New Projects Could Bring It Back

The H Street corridor emerged this decade as one of D.C.’s hottest restaurant corridors, but its neighbor to the north appears to be pulling away some of that momentum. Union Market’s restaurant scene has exploded…