Universal Gear Now Open in Harper Building, Old Space to Become Timothy Paul Bedding + Home

by Prince Of Petworth February 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm 11 Comments

14th and Wallach Pl, NW

A couple weeks ago Universal Gear opened up in the new Harper building on 14th between T and Wallach. I was curious who would be taking over their old space a few blocks south of 14th:

1529 14th Street, NW

Turns out the Timothy Paul Bedding + Home will be moving next door into this new bigger space in March.


  • 4teenth Street

    I believe Timothy Paul is consolidating bedding+home store with its carpets+textiles showroom. So they are also vacating the space by the old Caribou Coffee and McWilliams Ballard.

    • The one by the old Caribou burned in a fire a few months back so that makes sense.

      • Logan_Circle

        That block is kind of sad – shuttered Caribou, burned out place, weird wholesale items store. Is that going to be redeveloped anytime soon?

  • DevelopmentNosy

    Popeye’s Chicken is moving into the old HITT Wholesale Store building. The old Popeye’s and La Villa restaurant building as well as the alley that Popeye’s uses for its drive thru will be developed into an office building with ground floor retail. The alley is actually a developable lot. Finally, the old Caribou coffee and McWilliams Ballard buildings will be torn down and redeveloped into a 5 or 6 floor residential building. The old Timothy Paul rug store that had a fire will also be re-developed in that project. Douglas Development is doing the old Popeye’s project and another developer (can’t remember) is doing the Caribou project. I think you can find them both on urbanturf.com

    • Anonymous

      What? No more drive through? Remember the old Popeye’s that was around 10th and F? It had a “walk up’ window. Hilarious!!

    • Anonymous

      Abdo owns the Timothy Paul building (the fire was actually in Abdo’s upstairs office, if I remember correctly). So my guess is that he’s doing that new corner building. I’m surprised he’s not buying the HITT building (they must want an outrageous amount).

  • Rich

    Nice to see retail staying in the area.

  • kook47797

    I thought the Caribou was becoming a Peet’s Coffee?

  • Nathan

    lol that not a single comment yet has been about Universal Gear. Are people still shopping at UG? All the times I walked by the old location I never saw a single person inside. Gone are the old 17th St days when queens and drug dealers kept that place packed. They moved to 14th St, way upped their already high prices and they’re like a ghost town. I can’t imagine moving even further up 14th Street is going to help them.


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