L’Enfant Plaza, a mixed-use development owned and managed by The JBG Companies, received the Best Retail Project – Dining & Entertainment award Thursday from the Maryland/DC chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), a commercial real estate development association.
Presented at the NAIOP Awards of Excellence Gala at the Willard Intercontinental in Washington, D.C., the Best Retail Project – Dining & Entertainment award recognizes L’Enfant Plaza for the vibrant retail identity and experience its newly renovated food court area offers customers. L’Enfant Plaza topped competitors from the District, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties in Maryland to win the award.
“This recognition from the Maryland/DC chapter of NAIOP is a great validation of our hard work over many months to secure the best mix of retail and restaurants for this new era at L’Enfant Plaza,” said Britt Snider, senior vice president with The JBG Companies, which worked with SmithGroupJJR on the renovation. “By creating a destination that offers quality national brand food and soft good retail tenants, we defined a new approach to the traditional food court. Now, as we carry forward the property’s East Retail success into the West Retail area, we will further refine and enhance all of L’Enfant Plaza.”
The West Retail area is currently under construction and will bring an additional 75,000 square feet of shopping, dining, and services to L’Enfant Plaza. Upon completion in the summer of 2014, the newly expanded retail promenade will offer a highly visible sculptural glass gateway entrance at the plaza level along with outdoor seating on the beautifully landscaped plaza.
The retail locations at L’Enfant Plaza serve workers, visitors and residents in the District’s southwest quadrant. Five million commuters pass through L’Enfant Plaza Metro station annually. Approximately 20,000 commuters enter or exit at L’Enfant Plaza Metro station every weekday; 4,500 enter or exit on weekends. Additionally, 28,500 employees’ offices are positioned within a half-mile radius of L’Enfant Plaza.
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Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., The JBG Companies is a private real estate development firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington, D.C. area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the communities where it invests, striving to make a positive impact. More information can be found by visiting the company's website, www.JBG.com, or by calling 240.333.3600.
Located at 470-490 & 955 L’Enfant Plaza S.W. in Washington, D.C., the buildings of L’Enfant Plaza were purchased by The JBG Companies and are undergoing full renovation. Positioned above the L’Enfant Plaza Metro stop, the rail system’s most-connected station, the complex includes several stories of office space, nearly 180,000 square feet of retail space, and the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel at 480 L’Enfant Plaza S.W. Currently undergoing a $40 million renovation and expansion, L’Enfant Plaza is one of the region’s premier mixed-use properties.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2011
L’Enfant Plaza, a property controlled by The JBG Companies, reopened its East Food Court to huge crowds with the neighborhood debut of Potbelly and Roti.
The two newest additions to L’Enfant Plaza served hundreds of customers during their opening days, May 9-10, and local office workers, excited for the new dining options, were eager to sample the new dishes. Whereas strong food court restaurants typically ring up 90 customers during the peak 30 minutes of lunch rush, Potbelly rang up 130 customers during that time on May 10.
Britt Snider, vice president with The JBG Companies, said such intense customer interest is exciting for the L’Enfant Plaza team and its patrons.
“It’s exciting to see this level of activity with only two stores open,” he said. “We have many other stores opening in the next few months. JBG is pleased to see the beginning of this transformation of L’Enfant Plaza. When we completed the build out, we knew that it was a significant improvement, but it’s satisfying when businesses open with such success. We think this is just the tip of the iceberg for L’Enfant Plaza and all those who enjoy it.”
Bill Post, founder and CEO of Roti, was at L’Enfant Plaza for the restaurant’s opening days and said he was “amazed at the crowds.”
“The crowds have been terrific for us,” said Post. “The response has been great and a lot of people have returned. That’s the mark of real success in the restaurant business, when people return as repeat customers.”
Mike Magliaro, general manager of the Potbelly at L’Enfant Plaza, said the warm spring weather in Washington during the food court’s reopening helped foster excitement and a strong interest in their Oreo and strawberry banana shakes.
“You can tell by the line that people are very excited to have Potbelly around here,” said Magliaro. “We’ll have a chance to see them every time they come through the building and really build some serious relationships so that when they come, we can talk to them, see how their weeks are going, and get to know their personalities as customers.”
Six additional restaurants will open in L’Enfant Plaza’s East Food Court this spring and summer. FYI: Frozen Yogurt Indulgence and Gourmet Too are slated to open this spring; Au Bon Pain, Five Guys, Mamma Ilardo’s and Moe’s Southwest Grill are slated to open this summer. Also slated to open this spring is Gateway Newstands.