Modell’s Sporting Goods Coming to DC USA in Columbia Heights

Wow, not sure how I missed this news. A local newspaper reports:

“Modell’s Sporting Goods plans to set up shop at the mall in early June, filling 7,500 square feet of space for its second store in the District.”

Back in mid March we we learned that DSW Shoe warehouse would be coming to DC USA as well.

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  • AWESOME! I wish it was coming soon so I could stock up on my Caps gear.

  • But Lane Bryant! NOOOOOOOooooooo!!!

    Every time I’m in Modell’s, I’ll be nostalgic for large women’s clothing.

  • God this is so needed in DC, perfect spot. That’s what I was hoping the “Sports Zone” was going to be like…didn’t work out. This is better, because the Sports Zone is actually pretty cool…just not a place where I can buy $5 mesh shorts.

  • Sad. I guess that’s the end for the sporting goods store in the Tivoli block. I’ve wondered how they hung on this long…

    • I don’t know how Nash’s manages to stay in business. They have lots of baggy sweatshirtss with sports team logos and such, but very little you would ever use while plying a sport or engaging in exercise.

  • DSW used to be so good, now all they have is expensive poorly designed men’s shoes and a few expensive ones that still miss a design mark. 80% of the store is women’s shoes and 20% men’s. I would rather see a waffle house come to this location. Mondays… Bah!

    • It’s not just the men’s shoes that are expensive and poorly designed there. And 99% of the women’s shoes are size 7 or larger– my tiny feet always end up walking out with nothing. I guess there’s no shortage of women with medium or large feet and little regard about quality or price.

    • Well, the truth be told, Women do in fact buy 80% of the shoes in this country.

  • At this rate, Columbia Heights will basically be Ashburn minus the lawns in a year or two…

  • Not bad, not bad. The ability to buy cleats and high heels at the same shopping center, what else could a girl ask for?

  • Would you prefer Columbia Heights look like Detroit? Be happy these busineses are investing in DC. Most downtowns and older neighborhoods are wastelands in the US. Maybe you should consider moving to the non-chain neighborhood of Anacostia.

    • +1.4 (4 is repeating)

      The whiners lost this battle about six years ago. Every post like this is going to have commenters who use this website to attack Columbia Heights development, like it would have been possible to develop it at this rate in this economy by subsidizing used book stores and candle shops. It reveals a very real ignorance on their part. They just don’t get it. These stores are a definite trade off, but in a very short time DC has created a viable urban neighborhood with a very bright future.

      If these people don’t like the neighborhood, they ought to shop at their local CVS for their paper goods, pay 30% more, and still support the same sorts of big business they claim to hate.

      • I suspect that in many cases, the complaints are not really about chainstores generally but about the particular chainstore being brought in. Many of the people who roll their eyes at Modells or DSW would be all over the chain store bandwagon if a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or REI was coming.

      • Viculum/Vinculum (someone check my spelling on that). That’s the word for the line that you put over the repeating number/set of numbers. Random piece of trivia I still remember from 8th grade math.

    • +1. Agree. If Detroit could attract chain businesses it would have a better future. The city does not have a single chain grocery store. This sort of development will only attract more people to DC.

    • “Most downtowns and older neighborhoods are wastelands in the US.”

      Hmm. Let’s see:
      NYC – Nope
      Philly – Nope
      Pittsburgh – Nope
      Atlanta – Nope
      Boston – Nope
      SanFran – Nope
      Austin – Nope
      Portland – Nope
      Seattle – Nope
      Etc, etc – Nope

      You must be looking at some study to which the rest of us have no access.

      • Detriot, Baltimore, the entire state of New Jersey are wastelands

      • baltimore, detriot, and the entire state of New Jersey is a wasteland.

        • Have you actually been to NJ (passing through via the Turnpike doesn’t count)?

          • +1 Not only am I from NJ, but from the Jersey Shore. 90% chance the town and towns surrounding are nicer than yours. Everyone who comes to visit are always left impressed. I blame this on the Turnpike.

        • i love it when the idiocy of people’s posts are not limited to certain topics! well done yuppiehell! you shine through as a stunning example.

          • I would like to first thank internet and the ability to spew random BS with no forthought and totally anonymity.

      • As a Georgia native we all know Downtown Atlanta is a veritable ghosttown. What are you talking about?

    • Columbia Heights is not downtown.

  • Utter crap and garbage. Another national chain because the owners of DC USA refused to rent to local businesses. How nice that we have all the conveniences of gargantuan chains since they’ve so efficiently put all local competition across the country out of business.

    • Refused?

      Wow…don’t really know much about DCUSA do you.

      10% of the space was a set aside, an incubator for local business. The rents for that space are also subsidized by the city to the tune of 30% off what everyone else at DCUSA is paying.

      And depsite all those subsidies and set asides, the “local” businesses all you keep harping on are no where to be found.

      I know that, like the rest of the indignant hipsters who rail against it, you’ve probably only lived in DC for a few years and never got to see what kind of retail wasteland the entire city, including downtown was until ~10 years ago.

      Columbia Heights went from disgusting ghetto wasteland to an urban yuppie town in about 4 years, all because of DCUSA.

      • Joker, have you tried to open a small, locally-owned business in DCUSA?

        Because let me tell you from first-hand experience, those setasides and subsidies don’t actually exist. Sure, they’re there on paper, but you march yourself down to the DCCH with a business plan, funding, and expertise, (but without the backing of a national chain) and see how far you get. They will run you around, fail to return your calls, give you conflicting information, and then blame it all on the head office in NY until you finally throw your hands up in disgust.

        I’m as big a partisan of Columbia Heights as there is, and concede that DCUSA has contributed. But the “local businesses” element of their deal with the city is out-and-out fraud. Would that I had the time to nail the bastards on it, because they wasted six months of our time.

        • I have a DC business and I pay standard market rents for commercial office space (not retail) in Georgetown and have for 15 years. I am well aquainted with commercial and retail space leasing and I can say that DC has one of the most generous incubator sytems in the entire DC Metro.

          You say you have a business plan, and funding and expertise, but obviously your proposal has issues. You can’t simply put all the blame on DCUSA. Do you have an actual detailed business plan, or one you just printed off google?

          Funding? How much funding? Most non-incubator property leasing companies require you to have 3-6 months of operating funds set aside, not including build-out costs. Do you have that set aside? Where did you get the funds?

          And expertise…I am sorry but how can you have “expertise” when you need a heavily subsidized space to make your business work, and you are having so much trouble? Do you have another similar store open elsewhere? What are you counting as expertise?

          I am sorry you are having so much trouble opening whatever business you want to open, but as is the case most of the time, I suspect that whether you are willing to admit it or not, your application for the space isn’t as clean as you think it is.

          • “that DC has one of the most generous incubator sytems in the entire DC Metro.”

            you now have zero credibility.

          • I can confirm a similarly frustrating experience trying to lease space in this facility for another business (proven, with reserves, with another location that has worked for 42 years, with business plan, but simply in a line of business that generates less net income than traditional retail) as WDC had. So, n = 2 or more.

  • Completely agree. Also, for those who disagree, it’s 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space. Not many small local businesses can support that size of a store. DCUSA was built as a retail anchor to drive business to the neighborhood and I would say, based on how much has developed over the past few years, it’s working nicely for Columbia Heights.

    • Fair enough. Good point. But they still refuse to rent to any local businesses, in any of their spaces.

      • That’s just not true. Read the underlying WaPo article. It might not be ideal, but they do rent to local businesses. Senor Chicken is hardly a national chain.

        • Senor Chicken is the exception to throw you off their trail. See above reply to Joker. Unless you’ve tried it personally, please keep your Grid Properties talking points to yourself.

          • I’m required to have attempted to enter into a rental agreement with DCUSA before I’m allowed to opine? Hahaha. That’s completely ridiculous.

            Perhaps the owner of Senor Chicken is just more savvy than you are. Or maybe you were trying to open some terribly absurd business that people smarter than you thought would be completely unviable. How the hell am I supposed to know?

            Also, I don’t really care. I’m happy Modell’s is coming in, whether their home office is here or in Dubuque.

          • MJ: “they still refuse to rent to any local businesses”
            Poon: “That’s just not true”

            Doesn’t sound like an “opinion” to me. Sounds like you’re trying to claim knowledge of a situation, based on your extensive reading of a 2007 Washington Post article. And I’m here to say, you’re wrong. MJ is right. And I have the personal experience (not based on years-old newspaper articles) to prove it.

            I realize I’m coming off as a pedantic ass, but there is a larger purpose: Grid Properties has defrauded the District of Columbia and its taxpayers, by promising something they had no intention of delivering. Aside from the moral issue of happily accepting DC handouts and then pulling the ol’ bait-and-switch to avoid holding up their end of the bargain, actual local businesspeople are being hurt by this.

          • Wait, what? Click on *local newspaper* at the top. It was yesterday’s news article. And my knowledge comes from eating at Senor Chicken, along with the news article.

            That this guy got rejected by Grid is a lovely anecdote, really, but it hardly proves whatever point you and he are trying to make.

      • I think the IHOP should also be counted as a local business. Yes, it’s a franchise, but the owner, and thus where the profits go, are about as DC as you can get.

        I bet most people think of Logan Hardware, Frager’s, etc. as locally-owned, but they’re members of a national hardware cooperative. IHOP isn’t much different than that.

  • Booyah. Cheap running gear.

  • Mickey-Dees! Mickey-Dees!! Mickey-Dees!!!!! I want my McNuggets!

    …and I am serious here.

  • While I appreciate seeing another store open up in CH, it’s not as thought Modell’s is bringing anything new to the neighborhood. You want sporting goods, there’s the sports store across the street in Tivoli. There’s Target. There’s SportsZone. Same with Senor Chicken. It’s good to see an entrepreneur taking a chance and opening a new business, but there are four chicken joints within 2 blocks. Mattress Discounters? Panda Express? How is that any value added to the neighborhood?

    • Do they sell sporting goods at SportsZone? I went in a few days after it opened and thought I was at Up Against The Wall.

  • DCUSA refused to let me rent space for my suspender store so if everyones’ pants are falling down, blame them.

  • So, you tried to open up Yet Another Beauty Supply Store?

  • any word on a POST OFFICE anywhere near Columbia Heights ?? it’s tough to even find a mail box.

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