Local Business Update: Closing Doors & Moving Stores

Payless Sign

The Tenleytown branch of discount shoe and accessories chain Payless ShoeSource is set to close this month. Staff at the Wisconsin Avenue store said it would shut its doors for good by November 26, or whenever inventory became too low – and judging by how bare the shelves were this weekend, the store may not last until the end of the month. To help get rid of their stock, everything in the store is being offered at 50 percent off already discounted sale prices.

The cashier attributed the closure to rising rents for the storefront, which sits on prime real estate close to the Tenleytown Metro Station. While she did not have any specific information on what might replace the shoe store, the cashier speculated that the landlord may be trying to attract a restaurant given recent questions about the gas line in the space. 

A restaurant would make sense given that Payless was one of the last few retail businesses on the block. Radio Shack, American Valet, and Mattress Discounters are the only other businesses that do not sell food or beverages.

Casa Fiesta signs

Casa Fiesta, which Tenleytown, D.C. reported had closed for renovations in September, was supposed to re-open last month. However, the restaurant remains closed while the menu and venue are getting spruced up.

Casa Fiesta recently launched a new website, Facebook page, and Twitter account announcing that it was “under new management with a new menu” and would be re-opening soon. No official return date is provided, although there is an option to sign up to receive an email when Casa Fiesta does open for business again. Although the then-new manager told us this summer that they would be refocusing the menu to feature classic Mexican dishes, the new online presence touts broader Latin American cuisine.

PetMACLocal pet supply store and adoption center PetMAC has closed its Fessenden Street location. Not to worry though, the shop has just moved around the corner to 4914 Wisconsin Avenue in the space formerly occupied by Graffiti Audio, which can now be found in the lower level of that address.

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  • Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see a decent restaurant in the current Payless Shoes space, but we currently have a few former restaurant spaces that have been vacant for a little while (the one on the SE corner of Wisconsin and Albemarle, the former Firelake Grill, and the space next to Sullivan’s toy store). Would be nice to see these empty spaces that are already designed for restaurants get filled first.