Frager’s Hardware Set to Open Tomorrow on Pennsylvania Avenue
by Larry Janezich
Frager’s management told Capitol Hill Corner they expect to open at their new location at 1115 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, tomorrow, Friday, May 3. The store was expected to open earlier this spring.
There will be two components of the opening – the hardware store proper, and its associated garden-center storefront (Foliage by Frager) one door away on the other side of Kabob & More. The hardware store will be under the management of Aisha Bryant and Foliage by Frager will be overseen by Kristin Sampson.
Passage through Foliage by Frager will permit access to the garden center in the lot behind the store – which, in turn, will allow passage into the rear of the hardware store. The entrance to the garden center on 12th Street will remain.
Meanwhile, over at Frager’s blue building at 1323 E Street, SE, a skeleton crew staffed the store as other employees transferred stock to the new location. It’s unclear what plans building owner John Weintraub has for the site once Frager’s vacates.
Frager’s is owned by Gina and Marc Friedman’s of A Few Cool Hardware Stores – the latest of their 12 locations, and part of Ace Hardware Co-operative. They have a 25 year lease on the store.
The iconic Frager’s Hardware was destroyed by fine in June of 2013, as reported and photographed by CHC: http://bit.ly/1QGbdTB and here: http://bit.ly/1R39h1D. Perseus Realty purchased the site in for development of a mixed use building in October 2015. Washington Business reported then the developer had paid $5.7 million for the location.