Washington, DC Economic Partnership Welcomes New Businesses to the District

Yo!Sushi and Walgreens Expand Into Chinatown

Andi Joseph
Director, Research & Communications
Washington, DC Economic Partnership

January 18, 2012

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) would like to welcome Walgreens and YO! Sushi to the Chinatown-Gallery Place neighborhood in downtown DC. The Gallery Square complex owned by Douglas Development and McCaffrey Interests, located on the corner of 7 and H Street, will house Walgreens fourth planned location and YO! Sushi’s second planned location in DC. The WDCEP assisted both companies with their site locations, through real estate consultations, incentive information and facilitating meetings with land owners and city officials.

“Exploring location and business opportunities with YO! Sushi and Walgreens is an example of how we work on a daily basis to fulfill our mission to facilitate economic development here in DC,” says Keith Sellars, President & CEO of WDCEP. “Bringing new retail to our city means job opportunities for our residents and contributes to DC’s reputation for being a great place to open your business.”

The WDCEP first met with Walgreens in 2004 at an International Council for Shopping Centers global convention. Walgreens is the largest drugstore chain in the United States operating over 7,800 stores in 50 states. The company plans to operate a total of 8 locations in DC. The company just announced last month the opening of their third location at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Veazey Terrace in northwest DC, which will be under their new “health and daily living” pilot format.

YO! Sushi is a London-based company founded in 1997 with over 60 restaurants worldwide. The company is known for its Japanese “kaiten” sushi bar restaurants, which delivers food to customers via conveyor-belt. YO! Sushi announced they will be making their debut into the United States with the opening of their Union Station location, which is expected to open to the public early this year.

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It is the mission of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to promote business opportunities throughout the District of Columbia and to contribute to business retention and attraction activities

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