Frager’s Sets Up Temporary Location at Eastern Market

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Thanks to AM for sending a photo of Frager’s temporary location at Eastern Market. Frager’s temporary location will be open 7 days a week from 9AM to 5PM. “Currently it is stocked with plants, pottery, and garden supplies; we will be adding products and services as soon as possible.”

Press release from the Mayor’s office after the jump.

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Photo via @mayorvincegray

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Frager’s Hardware owner John Weintraub announced that the District’s had expedited an agreement with the Capitol Hill business to continue operating its lawn-and-garden store on the concrete pad on 7th Street SE that formerly served as the foundation for the temporary location of Eastern Market.

The arrangement follows a devastating fire that completely gutted the 90-year-old Capitol Hill business on the evening of June 5. Since 1923, Frager’s has sold hardware on the corner of 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Over the years, the business has expanded to include the sale of housewares, paint, lawn-and-garden supplies and other goods.

“Frager’s Hardware is one of the most beloved businesses in the District, and none of us can imagine the Capitol Hill community without Frager’s,” said Mayor Gray. “We wanted to ensure that the District did everything we could to help this locally owned and operated small business weather the hardship caused by this fire and continue serving its neighborhood and employing District residents as it rebuilds.”

The agreement is with the District’s Department of General Services (DGS), which controls the parcel. Weintraub has vowed to rebuild his entire operation, but the arrangement with DGS allows the lawn-and-garden portion of the business to reopen almost immediately – helping to maintain a revenue stream during the busy summer season. While the interior portions of the hardware store were completely destroyed by the blaze, many of the plants and supplies in the nursery were left undamaged. Frager’s employs 65 people.

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  • justinbc

    Thanks for the update. I was wondering what they could possibly have left to sell after everything supposedly burned down, but I guess this answers it. Plants!

  • And Well Dunn’s building was 90% destroyed being next door to Frager’s. A building who was poorly out of building code. Who’s going to help them out? Stop the cries of someone who should have updated, further codified, and rebuilt something that could have burned to the ground at any moment in the past decade.

    • Yeah I noticed while walking by there yesterday and today that the Well Dunn building looks almost as bad. Does anyone else see some dark humor in a business called Well Dunn being, well, Well Done?

    • From the “Friends of Frager’s” page:

      “Friends of Fragers” is an effort being organized by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, Celebrate Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill BID, CHAMPS, Hill Center, Hill Rag, DC Access, Tune Inn, Eastern Market, and numerous other community non-profits, businesses and leaders to ensure that the needs of all impacted parties’ – Frager’s Hardware Store, employees, Brian Davis CPA, Damien-Wilbur Architects, Atlas Craft Inc., Well Dunn Catering, and residents – are all addressed as quickly, legally and judiciously as possible.

      Concerns about the Frager’s building prior to the fire notwithstanding, I don’t think that the temporary, limited relocation of one affected company means that there is not community concern about another one that was affected by the fire.

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