Just a little bit over a year ago we broke the story here about the possibility of Barnes & Noble with a Starbucks Cafe being one anchor retailer in the Monroe Street Market (Catholic U) development. Well today the developers of Monroe Street Market, Bozzuto Group, confirmed that the contract has been signed and that the store is expected to open in the spring of 2014. You can read the official press release here. According to this story in the Washington Business Journal “The store will be a full-scale Barnes & Noble with a separate section for Catholic University students’ textbooks and branded gear. There will also be a 44-seat Starbucks Cafe within the bookstore.” The Barnes and Noble will be located in the Cornerstone building, depicted on the right.
Let’s hope that this announcement will encourage more retail information to be confirmed and shared with the community. It is surprising that at this advanced stage in the construction of the Monroe Street Market project, more retailers have not been announced. One would think that a great selection of stores and services is important and helpful to attract tenants for the hundreds of apartments that Bozzuto is planning to fill. Many readers ask us about updates regarding possible retailers or restaurants for this development, so we are glad that finally one main anchor has been confirmed. Stay tuned for more updates. We will share any new information about the Monroe Street Market as soon as they are available.