DoorDash To Open DC’s First DashMart in Frager’s former Location at 1323 E Street, SE.
by Larry Janezich
Posted May 31, 2021
Last week, ANC6B Planning and Zoning Chair Corey Holman told other ANC commissioners that DoorDash is opening a last-mile DashMart warehouse in the old Frager’s building at 1323 E Street, SE. The outlet will be the first in DC – another DashMart will open at 826 South Pickett Street in Alexandria.
DashMart is an online ordering service which opened in a number of major market centers last year. According to the company:
“DashMart is a new type of convenience store, offering both household essentials and local restaurant favorites to our customers’ doorsteps. On DashMart, you’ll find thousands of convenience, grocery, and restaurant items, from ice cream and chips, to cough medicine and dog food, to spice rubs and packaged desserts from the local restaurants you love on DoorDash.”
The service delivers convenience items and groceries in 30 minutes or less. In other areas, delivery fees are based on the size of the order but the company’s subscription service – DashPass at $10 a month – provides unlimited orders of $15 or more. Typically, deliveries occur between 8:00am and 11:00pm.
There’s a public space issue with the parking spaces in front of the building which may require a special exception from DDOT to resolve, but operations could begin next month.
ANC6B may consider supporting a special exception for the parking at its virtual meeting Tuesday night. (ed. note. See Holman’s clarification in the comment below. )
The growth of the last-mile-logistics-for-everything is hot at the moment. Foxtrot Market has opened stores with on line shopping platforms and home delivery in Georgetown and Mt. Vernon Triangle. Last month, ANC6B’s ABC Committee voted to support a retail liquor license for an online alcohol (high-end spirits) delivery service which plans to operate from one of the upper floor spaces of the Hine Project at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue. At the ANC’s ABC Committee meeting some questions came up about how the business might result in an increase in pick- up traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue.
DoorDash, the nation’s largest food delivery provider, went public last year.