Former Remington’s Slated to House 7-11 Convenience Store

Part of the former Remington's is slated to become a 7-11

Part of the former Remington’s is slated to become a 7-11

Former Remington’s Slated to House 7-11 Convenience Store

by Larry Janezich

Michael Niebauer of the Washington Business Journal reported on Friday that a 7-11 franchise will move into and occupy 1,800 square feet of the former Remington’s, the legendary bar located at 637-639 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  The convenience store is expected to open in April, 2015.   CHC reported on the closing of Remington’s last April here: http://bit.ly/1qWfC2g

This is the second loss of a long-time local institution to chain retail on this block during 2014.  .  The Lil Pub at 655 Pennsylvania Avenue closed in January and became part of CVS.

Some in the neighborhood will be dismayed at what will likely be seen as the continuing erosion of the historical character of the Eastern Market community.

At the time of closing, the word was that the 7,000 square foot space formerly occupied by Remington’s would be divided in two, with retail (possibly Sprint) in one half and a restaurant in the other.  The 7-11 move will still leave some 5,000+ feet for future development.

See the WBJ notice here: http://bit.ly/1yC330W

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13 responses to “Former Remington’s Slated to House 7-11 Convenience Store

  1. DavidS

    So is the 8th Street 7-11 relocating or is Capitol Hill the kind of demographic that needs two 7-11s within 3 blocks?

  2. Hill Feller

    Thanks for this info, Larry. That is an enormous property and R’s is a famous old bar. Henry’s is one of the last of the old school watering holes (maybe the last one if you exclude the Hawk & Dove after its reno) and even that is under new management now that Alvin Russ is gone.

    Generally I am glad to see a big space get broken down into smaller units. I like to think that that means that the space will be less of a blunt instrument, so to speak, and more able to serve specialized and niche markets which adds to Hill shopping options.

    Smaller units usually mean more variety which is a good thing. Of course, more density means that the community can support more diverse and specialized retail but you also have to have the small sized spaces. Both are necessary it neither is sufficient.

  3. kandc

    Interesting article, but it just means that the property goes back to its roots. That space (or one very near it) many years ago was a High’s, if I remember correctly. Not to mention the Life Raft.

  4. Maggie Hall

    Meanwhile, Anacostia (and good for it) get Busboys and Poets…..

  5. Thanks for keeping us apprised. Sadly, developers and retailers respond not to visionary circumstances, but to “emerging trends” and other more or less irrefutable shifts in lifestyle and population. And while H Street’s boom-days have been characterized by the presence of a small business community, that cannot be expected across the board. Yet is another 7-11 desirable ANYWHERE? Similar products can be had at the corner of 8th Street. And there is “convenience coffee” – possibly the most sought-after commodity in all of Washington – up and down Pennsylvania Avenue.

    I could have said “I don’t get it” and left it at that. But I’ve already said all these other things.

    • Michael

      Brett — Something to consider is that stores like 7-11 serve an important function in the larger economy of Capitol Hill. All of the restaurants, retail outlets, and private offices employ a large number of relatively low-wage employees. 7-11 is one of the very few (only?) places were inexpensive snacks and meals can be purchased on the Hill. Without a 7-11, many employees would have almost no place to eat before or between shifts.

  6. Craig D'Ooge

    Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! The explanation is simple. This is the kind of development that happens when you sell out your principles for big money/high density as in the Hine Project. You think the execs. at 7-11 didn’t notice?

  7. anon

    I don’t get why they’re setting up shop so close to the 8th St. location. They look equidistant to EM plaza and the transit traffic. I don’t bemoan people cheap food options, but 7-11 is really bottom of the barrel. It’s a step below standard fast food which causes so much hand wringing in the ANC zoning process and it’s entirely to-go, producing an inordinate amouth of litter around the neighborhood from the existing spot. The late night hours have also made it a magnet shady people as illustrated by several recent violent incidents.

  8. Dan

    This makes absolutely no sense at all, the worst possible use of this space. And I don’t think there are even two Starbucks this close together.

  9. Anonymous

    This is an unfortunate development for a block that has improved quite a bit recently with Hanks, Beuchert’s, Barrel, Pound, etc. I can’t believe the 7-11 on Barracks Row will stay open, but stranger things have happened.

  10. ET

    I have nothing against a 7-11 – they do serve a purpose, but I honestly don’t understand this. Is the one on 8th moving? If not I have never heard of a franchise having two places within a block or so of each other. Why would someone want to open one that close to another. This just seems weird.
    I actually think splitting the property into multiple places is not a bad choice.

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  12. MJ

    It is a darn shame. I see no benefit at all from having a new 7-11 on that block. The one on 8th street is already ruining that block of 8th, inviting panhandlers and people stoned out of their mind who stare at everyone that walks by. My wife gets cat-called every time she walks by there, even when I’m with her. Now 7-11 will ruin another block on the Hill. Wish they would take their business elsewhere…