Stores close in Georgetown all the time. When you have a retail district of over 500 stores and restaurants, even a very low failure rate would still result in a dozen or so closings a year. But GM has noticed that over the last six months or so, the closings have been more notable. Whether it’s Commander Salamander closing in January after 30 years, the Bonino-era Griffin Market closing in February, or Garrett’s closing after more than 30 years just last week, each has been a big loss.
And maybe they’re such a loss that it just broke your heart for Georgetown. GM felt that way as Nathans closed, and he’s still sad about it. But what about you? What stores or restaurants are open now, but whose closing would just truly break your heart, and just turn you off the neighborhood, at least for a while?
One that comes to mind is Furin’s. Last week, commenter “Retail Ninja” (who’s been a great source of info) brought the unwelcome news that the Furins had sold their building and would be closing. Frankly, GM is too afraid that the rumor may be true to check up on it (ignorance being bliss, and all), but it is true that the building just changed owners. This would be a serious body-blow to the neighborhood.
What other places make you feel like that?