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Hinckley Pottery comes back to Georgetown, to Blues Alley.

 

IN: Glover Park Hardware Store

Glover Park Hardware owners Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman reopened a new 7,500-square-foot location at 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW on Feb. 25, taking the place of the neighborhood hardware store that closed in January of 2015. The store is in the lower front level, next to the bar, Breadsoda. After losing its lease after 10 years, the business left its old location at 2251 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The store’s general manager is Noe Delgado, who has worked there since 2010.

IN: Rite Aid in Glover Park

The 24-hour Rite Aid Pharmacy in Glover Park at 2255 Wisconsin Ave. NW has opened. The Rite Aid drugstore chain is set to be acquired by Walgreens Boots Alliance, an American holding company that consists of Retail Pharmacy USA (Walgreens), Duane Reade, Retail Pharmacy International (Boots UK) and Alliance Healthcare. It will become part of the largest retail pharmacy in the United States and Europe. The new Glover Park location is across the street from a CVS Pharmacy.

IN: Hinckley Pottery in Blues Alley

Hinckley Pottery has moved into 3132 Blues Alley NW, next to the Blues Alley jazz club. A message on the website of the 40-year-old pottery studio, which was in Adams Morgan for decades, but was first opened by Jill Hinckley in Georgetown, says: “Our doors will open in late March or early April. Until then, we will get our wheels, kilns, shelves, pots and tools ready to welcome you to this wonderful, larger space. Our second floor studio will make it possible for us to expand beyond our ongoing wheel classes to provide space for potters who prefer to work independently. We also will offer two hand-building classes later this spring.”

IN: 2501 M St. to Open With Condos — and Nobu

The former office building at 25th and M streets NW is being reconstructed into condos — now being marketed as The 2501, Residences on M Street (“mixed-use luxury condos in Georgetown”) — with its ground floor going to the famed Nobu, one of the most acclaimed Japanese restaurants in the country. With private dining rooms and patios in the back overlooking Rock Creek Park, Nobu should be ready by the end of 2016; the condos, next year. It seems that Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa was convinced that the West End corner is the sweet spot between Georgetown and downtown.

While it’s not exactly in Georgetown, it is next door to Francis Park and the Embassy of Qatar, and two blocks east of Georgetown — and fewer than three blocks from The Georgetowner’s office and the Four Seasons Hotel.

“PRP Real Estate Investment Management purchased 2501 M Street NW in 2014 and moved forward with converting the Class B office building into residences,” according to Urban Turf. “Specifically, the lower six floors of the nine-story building are being converted into five levels of high-end condominiums and ground-floor retail space. The top three floors, which were already condos, will not be changed. CORE is handling the design of 2501 M, and the Mayhood Company is managing sales and marketing.”

Expanded: T.J. Maxx

Clothing discounter T.J. Maxx celebrated a grand re-opening on March 3 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and store specials. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. At 3222 M St. NW since 2012, the store expanded into space previously shared with Home Goods, also part of the T.J. Maxx company.

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