Frager’s Moves Forward – Key Cutting Operation to Open this Afternoon
Friday Christ Church Spaghetti Dinner with Gluten Free Option Will Benefit Frager’s
by Larry Janezich
By this afternoon, Frager’s will open up it key cutting operation in a temporary shelter at the garden shop location on the city’s concrete pad across from Eastern Market. Frager’s manager Nick Kaplanis said that in addition to the key operation, Frager’s has begun and will continue to market weather proof retail items from the location, including patio cooking grills, garden hoses, tools and rodent traps.
Kaplanis said that the rental operation will reopen soon in leased space at 1323 E Street, SE, across from Safeway. He expects the glass cutting operation to be located here as well. In accition, Frager’s is looking at several locations in which to reopen their paint store and will make an offer soon on an 8th Street location near the freeway.
He went on to say that thanks to internet cloud technology, Frager’s internal ordering and billing operations are near normal – the challenge will be to keep the external operations from getting too widely dispersed.
Looking forward, Kaplanis said that the timeline for reconstruction of the Pennsylvania Avenue location is uncertain as assessments continue regarding how much of the façade of the original structure can be saved. His vision, he said, is to combine some of the tradition of the original outlet such as a wooden floor and pressed tin ceiling with a more modern retail environment.
Tomorrow evening, Friday, June 28, Christ Church, 620 G Street, SE, will hold a Frager’s fund raiser spaghetti dinner – with GLUTEN FREE OPTION from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Suggested donation – $30 per plate (includes 1 glass of wine – additional glasses $5 each). Children 9 and under are free. The Capitol Hillbillies will provide musical entertainment.