From an email:
“Annie’s Ace Hardware and the Menkiti Group today announced a strategic partnership to bring Annie’s Hardware to Brookland. Annie’s Hardware-Brookland is expected to open in the Fall of 2015 at 3405 8th Street Northeast, sharing the upstairs portion of the Menkiti Group’s Brookland headquarters with Excel Pilates.
The 7,400 square-foot Brookland store will be packed with thousands of essential products and supplies from the most respected brand names and best-selling items in the home improvement marketplace, including Benjamin Moore paints, Weber Grills, Mrs. Myer’s earth-friendly cleaning products, a complete line of canning supplies, Craftsman tools, and other premium products. Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will also offer key cutting, screen repair, glass and Plexiglas cutting, and propane exchange. For the neighborhood’s active gardening community, the store will include a 1,000 square foot garden center adjacent to the main building, which will feature native plants.
Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will be the second location for Anne Stom’s popular neighborhood hardware store; the first location has operated successfully in the Petworth neighborhood since 2012. “Our mission is to provide customers with convenience combined with superior service through one-on-one expert advice and assistance,” said Stom. “We are committed to becoming a helpful and valuable neighbor to the Brookland community, both inside and outside the walls of our store.”
Bo Menkiti, the CEO and Founder of the Menkiti Group which owns and co-occupies the 20,000 square foot building that will house Annie’s Hardware-Brookland stated, “We are thrilled to have Annie’s Hardware as a tenant and neighbor. Anne is a proven, award-winning operator who shares our philosophy and commitment to vibrant grass-roots neighborhood development.”
Thomas Vedrody, the current Manager of the Annie’s Hardware-Petworth, will manage and co-own the new store. “I’m genuinely excited by the opportunity to run a high-quality, customer-focused store,” said Vedrody. This focus extends from working with customers to supply products specific to their needs such as rain barrels and composters, to hiring local residents from the neighborhood.”