T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods Coming to Georgetown Park?
A Vornado Realty Trust retail opportunity flyer, obtained by the Georgetown Metropolitan blog, had the neighborhood’s attention over the weekend. A map of Georgetown Park -- now closed and under reconstruction -- revealed space available for two large restaurants along with space already made available to designer discounters, T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods.
The blog continued: “The flyer also shows an expanded J. Crew. GM also learned that while the flyer doesn’t show it, one of the other primary tenants will be a Michaels arts and craft store. Essentially, when Vornado is done with it, the bulk of the mall will have been converted into a couple big box stores that have all the charm and destination-appeal of Rockville Pike.”
As previously reported in the Georgetowner from an Aug. 20 hard-hat tour of the on-going reconstruction of the Shops at Georgetown Park by Vornado Realty Trust’s Jennifer Nettles, who is manager of the huge 3222 M St., NW, retail space:
“Escalators are gone and so are the fountains on either side of the complex. Demolition is moving along, as plans call for the floors to be extended from front to back. The group looked out at the open space of the atrium which once provided a dramatic look and feel for the shopping center, opened in 1981. The atrium and its green railings will soon disappear. ‘This is the de-mallization, Nettles said . . .
“Where once sat 130 stores, there will now be 15, she said. The largest one of them will take up 45,000 square feet, making it the largest retail space for Georgetown; another will be 31,000 square feet. Some will have multiple levels; all will have an entrance from the street, whether it is from M Street, Wisconsin Avenue or the remaining entrance next to Dean & Deluca. There will be no mall-like corridors for the public.”
The tight-lipped Vornado does not readily respond to media inquiries, especially those from Georgetown and other D.C. news outlets.