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Gap, Walgreens to open big stores downtown

President Obama shopping at a Gap in New York. A new store will open in downtown D.C. this fall. (AP)
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Downtown D.C. continues to re-make its retail offerings. 

Fashion stores and restaurants have begun to open their doors at CityCenter DC, the six-building complex on the footprint of the old convention center, and nearby D.C. developer Douglas Development continues to add new offerings downtown and in the Penn Quarter neighborhood a few blocks east.

Douglas announced Monday that it had signed leases for two new large downtown stores, both of which are likely to play off the luxury shops and high-end restaurants coming to CityCenter with more serviceable offerings.

The Gap plans to open a 14,000-square-foot store on two levels at 1155 F Street NW, near Metro Center, Douglas principal Norman Jemal said. It will be Gap’s second downtown store and Jemal said he expected it would contribute to a resurgence of clothes shopping options nearby including Forever 21, H&M, Zara and J. Crew.

Walgreens plans also to open a two-level store nearby, replacing a recently closed Guess store. The new Walgreens will resemble the one that opened recently in Chinatown, also in a Douglas property, that offers not just the typical drugstore fare but manicures and sushi as well. Jemal said he expected the new Walgreens to open in the fall or winter.

“They will be opening a store similar to the one they opened at 7th and H,” Jemal said.

Jemal added that Potomac River Running will replace Cowgirl Creamery, the cheese shop that recently closed at 919 F Street.

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