There’s so much going on in NoMa — Pound Coffee just opened, and Monday, April 7 is the groundbreaking for Constitution Square, which will be the location of the Department of Justice 521,000 square foot consolidation and the new Harris Teeter grocery store opening in 2010. Here’s the latest news from NoMa, followed by an exciting new appointment from Grosvenor.
Pioneering Coffee Shop Opens in NoMa, Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., April 2, 2008….Pound, a specialty coffee shop, is now serving office workers, commuters, and neighborhood residents in the burgeoning NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Owner Khalil Ghannam opened the door to his coffee shop on April 1, 2008. Pound is located near the intersection of 2nd Street and Florida Avenue, N.E., just outside the New York Avenue Metro station and next door to the new headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
“This is a premier coffee shop that focuses on delivering a great customer experience,” says Ghannam. “We serve unbelievably good coffee and superior baked goods, all of which are baked fresh daily, either on premises or delivered from standout local bakeries. We also provide great customer service, so NoMa can count on us to be a part of the community for years to come.”
Ghannam, a Washington native, fell in love with the coffee shop culture of Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco while living on the West Coast in the ’90’s. He hopes his new store will help bring that culture to the NoMa neighborhood.
“For all of its great qualities, D.C. has had a shortage of independent premium coffee shops,” says Ghannam “Those of us who are opening such establishments are just trying to fill that niche.”
Pound is the first glimmer of the upscale retail that planners envision for NoMa’s growing white-collar workforce. It was the first retail lease in the former industrial neighborhood in years, according to the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID).
“Pound is a neighborhood pioneer,” says Elizabeth Price, president of the NoMa BID. “We encourage area residents and workers to support Pound because it is bringing an important service to the neighborhood and will be a role model for the other small, independently-owned businesses that will be encouraged to follow.”
The shop is located at 200 Florida Avenue, N.E., Unit B (entrance is on 2nd Street). In addition to coffee and baked goods, Pound offers some grab-‘n’-go breakfast and lunch items focusing on healthy fare. Business hours are 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning in May.
Pound is an independently owned coffee shop located in the NoMa–North of Massachusetts Avenue – neighborhood of the District of Columbia. A fun and lively coffee bar, Pound has these core values: respect for the products it sells; respect for the customers it serves; and respect for the community it is in. For more information, visit www.poundcoffee.com or call 202-408-5282 (JAVA).
About the NoMa BID:
NoMa is an emerging mixed-use neighborhood north of the U.S. Capitol and Union Station in Washington, D.C. Private developers have invested approximately $1.5 billion to date with plans to develop over 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space in the area covered by the NoMa BID over the next ten years. The BID provides daily street and sidewalk cleaning, safety ambassadors, marketing, events, and other services to make NoMa a clean, safe, and vibrant neighborhood for businesses, residents, and visitors. For more information about the BID, including an interactive development map, see the BID Website at www.nomabid.org.
GROSVENOR APPOINTS ANDREW BIBBY
AS GROSVENOR AMERICAS CHIEF EXECUTIVE
April 2, 2008
Grosvenor, the international property development, investment and fund management group, has appointed Andrew Bibby as Grosvenor Americas Chief Executive to succeed Bill Abelmann. His appointment becomes effective on January 1, 2009.
Andrew Bibby is currently Chief Development Officer, where he oversees the development activities for the business throughout Canada and the U.S. His career with Grosvenor Americas spans almost 24 years, during which time he has been involved with every major area of business in which Grosvenor Americas is active: development, asset management, acquisition and disposition of income producing properties and mezzanine lending.
Bill Abelmann will be stepping down as Grosvenor Americas Chief Executive after 32 years with the Grosvenor Group. In that time Grosvenor Americas has emerged as a strong player in the U.S. and Canada real estate markets, with four offices (Vancouver, Calgary, San Francisco and Washington, DC) and a healthy development pipeline. This includes ‘The RISE’, a $105 million retail/ residential development in Vancouver, due for completion this year, and 185 Post Street, a 26,200 square foot property located in the Union Square shopping district that has been leased to De Beers jewelers for their San Francisco flagship retail store.