Nike Factory coming to Hecht Warehouse in late April and a New Bar Too

1401 New York Avenue, NE

If you had any doubts about Ivy City blowing up – you can officially drop them. Big news from the Washington Business Journal:

“The next retailer to open at the Hecht Warehouse in Northeast D.C. will be a Nike Factory store, as the athletic apparel retailer will plant its flag there by late April.

Jemal also had some more Hecht restaurant news to share: Bar magnate Geoff Dawson — of Buffalo Billiards, Jackpot and others — has signed a lease to open there with Peter Bayne, his partner in Lost & Found, Iron Horse and Rocket Bar. The bar from Dawson and Bayne will be located at 2002 Fenwick St. NE.”

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  • Anonynon

    Good news! I wish Nike would open one of their ‘Lab’ stores in DC. Thats where they release ‘limited edition’ shoes and apparel. Love love love nike.

    • Nike has been selling junk for years. An outlet store would reflect what their shoes really should cost.

      • Anonynon

        you must be finding the Nike products in Dicks Sporting goods or something…if you follow sportswear closely i think you’d be surprised at how many cutting edge products nike is releasing. Collaborations with high profile fashion designers (etc). My nike running gear stands the test of time and blows companies like under armor of out the water. I will admit adidas is also stepping up their game recently (they stole a bunch of designers from nike). But the nike stuff is some of the highest quality i’ve seen from clothes. Functional and stylish.

        • Agree. Tech fleece, flyknit, lunarlon – all Nike innovations that have led the performance and streetwear industry in recent years. Most of the complaints about Nike come from runners, a segment where Nike has always lagged. But in virtually every other market, Nike is ahead by leaps and bounds.

  • Though I’m very happy to see this development take place, I’m still very confused by it. It’s sorta in a dead zone, unless it’s catering to Marylanders. Just not easy to get too and traffic sucks on NY ave. Sure there are people in Ivy city, but they don’t have the income to support this development. Any word on the planet fitness?

    • Prince Of Petworth

      NoMa used to be a “dead zone”. Columbia Heights used to be a “dead zone”. H Street used to be a “dead zone”… this is how development works.

      • this is a stretch compared to the others you mentioned. and to those touting the D4 as a way to get here…the D4 is one of the slowest and least consistent busses in town.

      • Noma has a metro stop, so does Columbia heights, China town, Petworth. Georgetown has the built in density otherwise it’s vehicle traffic. Unless they add a metro stop between NOMA and RI it will be a) traffic nightmare b) not enough interest for people to walk from Noma metro to live or shop there.

        • Pretty much all of Northern VA is a traffic nightmare but retail does fine there. Personally I think it’s ok that there are parts of DC that are a bit more like the suburbs. The entire city shouldn’t be designed to accommodate one or two specific lifestyles.

          • “Personally I think it’s ok that there are parts of DC that are a bit more like the suburbs. The entire city shouldn’t be designed to accommodate one or two specific lifestyles.”
            Yes, I think this is absolutely correct.

      • Dan, I absolutely agree with your sentiment. Development always starts somewhere. But anon does has a point with the traffic. They HAVE to do something about the NY/FL intersection before they can expect DC people to patronize this stretch of road. It’s a complete cluster.

      • This area is closer to a lot of residential areas than most people seem to realize. It’s only a stone’s throw from the Northern park of Trinidad, Eckington, and the developments at Rhode Island Metro. If the discussed redevelopment at Brentwood happens one day that’s even more people. Even for the areas South of Trinidad and Brookland it’s closer than a lot of other retail destinations and easier than going downtown.
        The problem this development will have is the surrounding infrastructure. Sidewalks, bike lanes, and even streets are terrible around there. For this to succeed they really must be counting on the city to deliver a lot of upgrades in the next 10 or so years. NoMa, Columbia Heights and others were empty, but both had huge geographical advantages and/or nice housing stock. Union Market is much more accessible and has a cool urban feel to it. New York Ave just feels like a dilapidated suburban strip for much of that area.

        • This is correct. The city is going to have to continue to step up to achieve sustainable development in Ivy City. There are a couple bus routes that go through there, and most current residents use public transit. But the city could take steps, such as making better use of the long stretch of city property along New York Ave. and changing plans on the Crummell School lot. The city has announced plans to expand the public works facilities across West Virginia Ave. to clear out the public works fleets parked in Ivy City. And I believe they lease the space where they park the bus fleets, so I expect that arrangement to change. I think this Douglas development is going to force D.C. to rethink how it views Ivy City, which is still as a dumping ground.

          Traffic is a difficult issue. I think retailers want those Maryland commuters, but they keep D.C. residents from other parts of the city away.

        • That’s right! I live on Hill East and I am so excited for the Planet Fitness at Hechts. Does anyone have an update on when it might open? I have a car, and Hechts is even closer than the Home Depot (NE), Costco (NE), and Wegmans (PG) that I drive to almost every weekend. Of course making Ivy City more accessible and walkable would be good in the long run, but there’s a bunch of us on the East Side who could use the additional retail NOW.

    • Those people who you think don’t have the income to support this development won’t be there for long. That’s been the entire story of the “New DC”.

      Have you seen the amount of development on NY Ave? It may not look like the rest of DC’s small streetscapes, but you may be shocked how this area will look in 5-10 years. My guess is that in 15 years or so, those train tracks are covered over along NY Ave connecting the divide between Northeast.

      • Columbia Heights & H Street always had some retail. That stretch of NY Avenue is starting from scratch and people use NY Ave like a highway. I think there is a big parking garage with this development so that should make it easier to stop. It will take a lot to make NY Ave feel walkable like 14th or H.

        • It probably will never feel like 14th Street, that is my point. This area will not look like much of the rest of DC–that’s fine. Different is good.

    • The Costco off of South Dakota opened up in a retail dead zone and is now purportedly one of the highest earning Costcos in the area. That place is slammed wit business around the clock. As long as these NY Ave developments have enough parking, the business will come.

      • Yes but they are also built around a townhouse community where majority of those owners have cars. They are mostly building Apartments which I’m sure majority of today’s renters are looking to be car free if possible with transit options nearby. Union market is totally walkable distance, but anything further would be a challenge.

      • Costco’s model generally depends on customers driving to the store. While I’m sure the Nike Store will expect plenty of customers to arrive by car, they should also expect many of their customers to want to take public transit or walk.

    • We Ivy City folk live in 800K houses and drive to Mom’s Organic to buy our produce. We’ll support it.

  • As a car free resident of DC, this is basically irrelevant for me. Not walking a half hour from the metro (that barely functions on the weekend) to go to a lone Nike Store. I really wish DC would concentrating on building up a decent downtown retail scene, versus all these random off by them self retailers (REI I’m looking at you).

    • Like Georgetown or Friendship Heights?

      • justinbc

        Or Chinatown, or CityCenter, or 14th Street, or Dupont Circle. There’s retail all over.

        • These all have a little bit of retail. But, none are really major retail zones (except Georgetown) equivalent to the retail zones one finds in DT Bos, Chi, SF, or even Seattle.

          Georgetown is pretty good, but it is a little bit removed from the public transit infrastructure.

          • justinbc

            Those cities can also build 50 story buildings to house all the office space.

          • Georgetown being “pretty good” is an understatement. I will admit, it was disappointing when Bloomingdales didn’t materialize in the old mall–a large department store other than TJ Maxx would be nice. Otherwise, the shopping district there has all of the stores, if not more than those cities retail areas you mentioned. It sounds like you are maybe looking for that shopping experience to be closer to where you live, I suppose you can move. No the metro isn’t adjacent to this area, but this city is flush with transportation options. My guess is you can figure out how to get to the Nike on M St.

    • Have you heard of taking the bus? Also there will be more to do in this area than just go to the Nike Store.

    • I know the D4 goes here, and I think there is another one as well.
      This city has great options which aren’t the metro.

    • I’m confused, the REI is a 30 second walk from the NY Ave metro station and will be surrounded within five blocks no fewer than eight large residental building in NoMa/Union Market.

      They’re not off by themselves. They’re just not near you. Big difference.

    • Do you not go downtown? Tons of retail by the Verizon Center and even more now with City Center…

  • justinbc

    This news just made my day. Our rental property over there can pop both up and back, and go from 4 units to 12, just waiting on the demand to increase with continued development. Build, build, build!

  • maxwell smart

    Let’s all keep in mind that this is a Nike FACTORY store . This is an outlet store so it’s something that you would typically see in an outlet mall or suburban shopping center. This isn’t a flagship store like Georgetown. This isn’t Nike Lab like in SoHo.

    • Anonynon

      I want the nike Lab store…..why won’t they open one in DC it seems like we deserve one after being dubbed the coolest city in the USA.

      • maxwell smart

        I feel like when it comes to fashion forward retail, DC in general usually gets skipped over. There are a number of stores that I personally think could do very well in the DC market that just are not here. I write it off to the stigma that people assume if you live in DC you must dress in J.O.S. Bank because you work on the hill.

  • NIke Factory? Will it be staffed by little Chinese children?

  • Awesome. I’m gonna go on Saturdays and drink too much gin at New Columbia, then wander over and buy tons of Nike Pro capris.

  • To everyone wondering about whether developing in this area is a good idea – look at zoning records over the past month and the parcel at Montana/NY Ave.
    I agree about the transit issues, but given enough development there are a few options (expanded bus service or a MARC infill station are a few things that I’ve heard pitched). Unfortunately our planners think far too small to get Metro up there in our lifetimes.

    • Blithe

      The “planners” added a Metro station at NoMa/Gallaudet. Where “up there” would another Metro station go? I’m not being snarky — I’m genuinely curious re: if you see the need for another Metro stop and, if so, where you would put it.

      • I’m guessing we’d need a new line to head in that direction.

      • Not on the red line – but I definitely think it’s time to add a stop at Oklahoma Ave. on the orange line. It would be between Stadium Armory and the river, serving the Atlas District and Benning Road.

    • In a previous rendering they had a street car line coming down West Virginia Ave but think that was scrapped. But I’m sure if the developer’s have their way to protect thermir investment who knows it may happen.

  • Foggy bottom was once an industrial wasteland, the Meat Packing District in NY was an industrial wasteland… Things change people who don’t have preconceived notions of what’s supposed to be and what is and isn’t too far (i.e. every years batch of newbies) will come here. They are also building 300+ appartments above the Nike store not to mention developers will scoop up cheap land in Ivy City and build like mad over the next few years. If the economy stays stable Ivy City will compleatly transform

    • I remember, not so long ago, when everybody and their mother would say ‘live in D.C. Are you crazy too dangerous!’ All them killings! Oh no way!’ Now look around nothing but high prices and transplants doing the condo thing:)

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