Business Ins & Outs: CB2 to Close Sunday; Avery Hotel Sold

CB2 to Close Sunday

CB2, the contemporary home decor retailer from Crate & Barrel, at 3307 M St. NW has announced its last day at its Georgetown location will be Sunday, Feb. 20. As with the loss of the Gap, we’ve heard from a few admirers who have expressed retail dismay. CB2 opened in the East Banc property in 2011.

P St. Hotel Avery Sold

The Avery Georgetown, a boutique hotel with European style at 2616 P St. NW which opened in June 2016, had been sold by its owner and creator Justin Schneck. The 15-room hotel is made up of two pieces of property, where the business has applied to get approval for a one-story addition to the building from the Old Georgetown Board and the Historic Preservation Review Board. It was a quiet sale, and The Georgetowner is attempting to contact the new owners. Why is it called the Avery? That’s one of the Schnecks’ daughter’s name.

Clyde’s to Close in Reston on May 21

Clyde’s Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company, has announced that it will close its Reston Town Center location effective May 21.

Clyde’s of Reston has been serving the community since 1991. “From its earliest days, Clyde’s of Reston has been a part of the extraordinary Reston neighborhood as a comfortable and timeless gathering place,” said John McDonnell, CRG President. “Clyde’s has had a tremendous 31-year run in the Town Center and we are so grateful for the steadfast support of the community.”

According to Jeff Owens, CRG Chief Financial & Corporate Development Officer, the company remains committed to operating a restaurant in the greater Reston area. Owens said, “We are very excited about the growth and development activity in the area and are eager to share some big news soon.”

Whittle School Building Faces Foreclosure

The Whittle School building at 3400 International Drive NW, “is subject to a foreclosure auction scheduled for March 24 by Alex Cooper Auctioneers,” according to the Washington Business Journal. “The foreclosure relates to non-performance on a construction loan of $162.4 million taken on by the landlord to fund the Renzo Piano designed improvements requested by Whittle.

After major renovations, the former Comstat building reopened in fall 2019 — to much fanfare — as the DC campus of the school, which educator Chris Whittle dubbed the “world’s first global school,” with its second campus in Shenzhen, China. Whittle envisioned his for-profit schools in New York, London and elsewhere.

“The Washington DC campus has been sued by several vendors, including Turner Construction, who were involved in the construction, marketing and ongoing service of the campus alleging non payment for services rendered, with judgments against the school totaling in excess of $30 million,” according to the Journal. Whittle’s CEO has acknowledged payment delays.

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