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  • Councilmember Mary Che passes a moratorium on developing any existing gas station in DC into anything other than another gas station, but we do nothing as Cricket, 7-Eleven and Check Cashing/Pay Day Loan places take over. I don’t get it.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Gas stations are important because, you know, people with cars need gas. The retail that you mention comes and goes with its clientele. I’m not sure why D.C. Council should be doing anything that prevents a private landlord from renting a storefront to whomever that landlord chooses. I am also not sure D.C. Council would have the authority to do anything about it even if it wanted to do something.

      • This may not be the forum for this but, no, there’s no reason to give gas stations more protection than you’d give other retail. The market will govern where gas stations locate without interference from the DC Council. The only reason that law exists is that gas station owners are big campaign donors.

        • “Gas station owners” – you mean Joe Mamo? I’m curious whether that federal antitrust probe moved anywhere on busting his monopoly.

        • Tsar of Truxton

          Is it really a protection? It seems like a hindrance to me. The owners of gas stations could sell the property to a developer who could build up, which makes the property valuable. It seems like the moratorium is to prevent them from doing this, but maybe I am missing something.

          • Why do we need two or three gas stations within a couple blocks of each other? This city needs more housing.

          • Tsar of Truxton

            I honestly don’t know the answer. I would think market research would need to be done. Obviously, we need housing, but there are millions of cars in DC every day, so we need gas too. Aside from NY Ave and RI Ave/FL Ave, it doesn’t seem like there is a heavy concentration of gas stations in the city. Could a few go away, and it not be a problem? Probably. But who gets to sell and who doesn’t?

    • What’s the point of forcing gas station owners to remain gas stations? Seems like a bizarre piece of legislation to me. Considering the infamous strength of gas station owner contributions, Wwouldn’t gas station owners want to be able to sell to a developer at a high price? Weird.

    • AAA is very involved in efforts to weaken public transportation. Perhaps they’re also involved in the gas station legislation. They reliably lobby against clean air/ emissions regs. So we know they’re evil. Or at least, a tool of evil people.
      (Don’t join AAA, is what I’m saying.)

  • Why is this a story? I don’t get it

    • Because it’s a new business opening. Don’t overthink it.

    • Because it’s a contrast to other new high-end retail in the same area. See the semi-mocking “North End Shaw” moniker + the fancy condo building in the background of the picture.

    • It’s a story because lots of commenters on this blog like to get all up in arms when retail opens that does not fit their vision of what should be moving into DC’s gentrified neighborhoods.

      • Amen. Cricket stores (and quelle horreur, check cashing places) exist because there are many of our neighbors who utilize those services. And I would rather have those places in my neighborhood than the alternative–no economic diversity, no immigrants and the loss of many good people (and good friends) to the suburbs to be seen once a year at best.

      • For real, since when does a store that sells cell phones deserve to be compared to a check cashing place or liquor store?

        • Tsar of Truxton

          I think the implication is that Cricket (and companies like it) sell “burners” (perhaps as a major part of their business), which are used for illicit activities. I don’t care if a Cricket goes in (or any of the other places to be honest), but let’s not pretend this is a Verizon Wireless store.

          • Nice try but it’s just a discount wireless provider (the prepaid arm of AT&T), and therefore has as a customer base of people with lower budgets.

          • And Cricket isn’t the only company to provide this service. Best Buy, Target, Walmart, gas stations, 7/11 to name a few. There’s other things to be upset about people, seriously.

  • Cricket wireless stores: the check cashing places and/or sketchy liquor stores of the 21st century.

  • The real question is how long they will be there. It has been my impression that Cricket’s don’t sty in one place long.

    • Interesting. I recall being bummed out when a Cricket went into a Barracks Row storefront on a prime corner. But yeah, as a matter of fact it left again in a year or two. Think it was where Springmill Bakery is now.

    • Maybe they can sell bath salts and synthetic drugs!

      • Huh? This doesn’t make any sense. Why would a franchise of a national retailer sell drugs on the side?

        We get it, you don’t like Cricket, but you’re kind of reaching here.

    • Sometimes they are placeholder/”pop-up” types of tenants. Big deal.

  • samanda_bynes

    cool building!

  • I won’t speculate about the effect a cell phone store opening will have on everyone’s home values.

    I will say that Cricket is more than $10 burner phones. Cricket user on a smartphone data plan for a couple years now. All-around better than dealing with Verizon. My bill went down $5/month with the AT&T buyout. I’ve never dealt with anyone but Verizon and Cricket. But I’ll certainly never go back to the big V. More power to Cricket–hoping the experience remains unchanged under AT&T.

    Wonderful looking building.

  • Not to be persnickety I believe it was the HailO building.

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