Frager’s Sold to Owners of Logan Hardware
John Weintraub, the owner of Frager’s Hardware since 1975, has agreed to sell the 100-year old Capitol Hill institution to A Few Cool Hardware Stores (AFCHS). AFCHS is the owner of the famous Logan Hardware. As an AFCHS operation, Frager’s will join the Ace Hardware Cooperative.
“Frager's is a thriving operation with a fantastic staff and we've proven that we can adapt and innovate to meet changing circumstances and evolving customer needs here on Capitol Hill. Teaming up with AFCHS will strengthen and energize both operations and ensure our customers and community receive the same high quality service we've built our business on for generations to come,” Weintraub said.
AFCHS is owned by Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman. The two founded Logan Hardware in 2003. They expanded this successful operation to 11 stores located in DC, Baltimore, Takoma Park (MD) and Alexandria. While maintaining the store’s existing strong community focus, they plan to incorporate Frager’s existing staff into their 300-person operation.
“Marc and I are extremely proud to continue the Frager’s legacy on Capitol Hill. We have admired John and his operation since the day we opened our first location in 2003 and are looking forward to meeting our new community,” says Schaefer. “The existing Frager’s team is what makes this store so special. We look forward to working with them,” she said.
“Aside from bringing the company’s unique blend of personal, knowledgeable and helpful service and home maintenance expertise to the Capitol Hill community, customers can expect to see the same local charm that’s drawn customers to its doors since it opened in 1920,” the press release announcing the sale stated.
AFCHS is committed to moving forward with the existing plans to move Frager's into a Perseus development at the site of the original store, said Weintraub.
“I've always been impressed with Gina and Marc's success in opening hardware stores in urban neighborhoods and building strong community networks,” stated Weintraub.
“John Weintraub and Frager’s have been extraordinary supporters of our Capitol Hill community in so many ways,” stated Nicky Cymrot, President of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation (CHCF). “The foundation has always known that when there are needs, we can always turn to John and Frager’s for assistance. We hope that the example they offered of a concerned, committed neighborhood business will continue under the store’s new ownership,” she stated.
Councilmember Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) said, “Across Capitol Hill, almost every home has a Frager's story to tell. Whether a small project or a large renovation, everyone can point to something made better with supplies or know-how from Frager's Hardware."
"I wish John and his family the very best, and some much-deserved rest. I'm also excited they found a partner with a proven track record of understanding what a neighborhood hardware store should look like. I have every expectation that Gina Schafer and the team at Logan Hardware will carry on Frager's work as an anchor of our community,” Allen continued.
September 26, 2014
Dear Frager’s Family,
First off, I want to thank you all for sticking with us this past year. I greatly appreciate your loyalty, encouragement, and patience. We wouldn’t have made it this far without your continued support.
I know you are all wondering about what’s next for the original site. It’s never been a question that I wanted to see Frager’s come back to our little corner of 11th Street. It’s just been a matter of figuring out how to make it happen. After much deliberation, site evaluations, and consideration I realized that rebuilding the site was just too costly and too much to take on alone, especially at my age!
As such, Frager’s will be partnering with Roadside Development, LLC on redeveloping the site and bringing us back to a new Frager’s Hardware Store. Roadside has done great work in other neighborhoods and really values community input and delivering a quality development that respects local businesses and the integrity of the neighborhood. I think it’s a great fit for us and Capitol Hill.
I’ve worked out a deal with Roadside to ensure that Frager’s will have a long-term lease in the new development that will allow hardware, paint, rental and garden to be together again. I know this is a change, but I think it’s a change for the better. There’s no going back and I’ll miss the character and charm of our store, but this is great partnership that will let us have updated space that’s designed from the beginning to meet our needs. Of course, it’s still early in the process so nothing has been done yet in terms of plans or design,
Roadside will be attending and holding many meetings in the coming months to seek input from the Capitol Hill Community and other stakeholders. We’ll keep you posted on when those are scheduled and I hope you will attend!
In the meantime, Frager’s will continue to serve the community from temporary locations:
Hardware and Rental: 1323 E St SE
Lawn and Garden: 306 7th St SE
The Paint Store: 1129 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Again, thank you all for your encouragement and support since the devastating fire. Your commitment to Frager’s is evident every day. Our partnership with Roadside will let us keep our commitment to providing quality products and service to you - our customers, our neighbors, our friends. We’re on our way back!
Owner, Frager’s Hardware
Frager’s Hardware to Reopen in its Original Location
Roadside Development to Rebuild Neighborhood Institution
September 26, 2014 Washington, DC Frager’s Hardware of Capitol Hill is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Roadside Development, LLC, a Washington, DC-based real estate company, to rebuild its original store and reopen its home of nearly 100 years. The neighborhood institution was located at 1101-1117 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE until it was gutted by fire in June 2013. Frager’s Hardware (Frager’s) opened at this spot in 1920 but has operated over the past year out of three temporary locations throughout Capitol Hill.
After an in-depth search for a partner to help redevelop the site, John Weintraub, longtime owner and operator of this neighborhood small business, selected Roadside Development, LLC. Roadside will purchase the site and Frager's will return under a long-term lease, which will enable Frager’s to bring back the store’s hardware, paint, garden center, and equipment rental operations to its original location as part of a sensitive neighborhood retail and residential development in the Capitol Hill Historic District.
“We are grateful for the overwhelming support and patience from our loyal customers and the Capitol Hill community as we evaluated our options to restore the original site,” said John Weintraub, Frager’s owner. “Over the past year, we studied the site extensively, removed environmentally sensitive materials, conducted several structural analyses, and evaluated the costs to rebuild the site. We learned that the fire damaged the site so severely that, even with insurance proceeds, we could not afford to rebuild the site alone.”
Frager’s retained Fern Barrueta and Robert Bryan of Colliers International to manage the solicitation and evaluation of offers and concepts to redevelop the site. “We sought out a development partner with a history of developing high-quality projects that would appreciate the unique history of the site and the store’s relationship to the community, and a partner that would welcome our return to the site in a new Frager’s Hardware Store,” said Weintraub. “Roadside’s values, approach to incorporating community input, and quality of their past projects convinced us that they were the best partner for Frager’s and the community.”
Roadside has a successful track record of adaptively reusing notable buildings into unique retail environments including City Market at O and Cityline at Tenley in Washington, DC. The design of both projects incorporated historic structures and preserved key historic and architectural elements and facades.
“We understand how important local businesses are to the integrity of a neighborhood. We are truly honored to partner with the Weintraubs to return Frager’s to its original home,” said Richard Lake, Founding Partner of Roadside Development, LLC. Lake comes from a family of merchants that operated neighborhood retail businesses in Washington, DC. We look forward to working with the Capitol Hill community in the planning and the redevelopment of this key building into the existing fabric of the neighborhood,” said Lake.
Roadside and Frager’s intend to preserve the existing Pennsylvania Avenue and 11th Street facades. Accordingly, contractors and other consultants will conduct limited immediate repairs to the site as well as perform testing over the next few months to inform the preservation approach and identify future development opportunities and constraints.
Roadside is committed to actively engaging the community for their input throughout the design process. Beginning in the next few weeks, Frager’s and Roadside plan to attend or host meetings and conversations throughout the community. They also welcome feedback at any time via email at [email protected] or by phone at 202-375-7942. Roadside has also indicated that they intend to redevelop the property without a Zoning Map amendment.
Frager’s will continue to operate out of temporary quarters established until the development is complete, including a winter relocation of its Garden Store to a new site, which is just starting construction now at 1230 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. This will allow for a seamless transition for the community and the employees. According to Weintraub, the overwhelming support and encouragement from the local community has been instrumental to enabling Frager’s to sustain its temporary operations as it planned for the future. “We could not have made it this far if not for the support and patience of the community, the District government, and most of all our employees,” said Weintraub.
Frager’s Hardware Since 1920, Frager’s Hardware Store has been a reliable, high quality provider of tools and equipment for the community of residents and businesses on Capitol Hill. At the corner of 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Frager’s hardware, garden center, rental, and paint stores, have serviced its neighborhood with old-fashioned, customer-oriented integrity since its founding. Frager’s was founded by Fritz "Frank" Frager, a Russian immigrant after he was laid off from the Navy Yard, where he worked as a cabinetmaker. The Frager family sold the store in 1975 to John Weintraub and his original business partner, Ed Copenhaver. John Weintraub continues to serve as President of Frager’s Hardware to this day.
Roadside Development, LLC is a Washington DC-based real estate firm that values and invests in people - our employees, partners, business associates, and local communities. Roadside’s portfolio includes projects that restore community anchors such as City Market at O – the adaptive reuse of the historic O Street Market in Shaw and Cityline at Tenley – the redevelopment of the historic Sears building at 4500 Wisconsin Avenue, NW into neighborhood retail and residences. Roadside has received numerous awards for the architectural quality and neighborhood impact of its projects, including the “2014 Vision Award” from the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. Regardless of the project, members of the Roadside team cultivate lasting relationships with neighborhoods as well as build solid associations with investors and lenders. It is Roadside’s goal to improve the communities in which they develop, because they also live and work there.
Frager's Garden Center Chosen Best of DC by Washington City Paper!
Frager's in the news:
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The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (of which we are proud to be an active member of) has set out curbside recycling containers for your convenience. They can be found at the following locations:
1. 236 Massachusetts Ave NE (In front of Bagels & Baquettes)
2. 237 Pennsylvania Ave SE (In front of Starbucks)
3. 301 Pennsylvania Ave SE ( In front of Cosi)
4. 650 Pennsylvania Ave SE ( In front of PNC)
5. 660 Pennsylvania Ave SE (In front of LePain)
6. 700 Block of Pennsylvania Ave SE (In front of Eastern Market Metro)
7. 405 8th St SE (In front of OXXO Cleaners)
8. 429 8th St SE (In front of 7-Eleven)
9. 1391 Potomac Ave SE (In front of Gamestop)
Use them often!
Frager's Bucket Days Sale Winners!
Part of the fun of Bucket Sales is figuring who got the most value in their bucket.
As you recall, the person with the largest total value in their bucket wins a Frager's Gift Certificate in the amount in the basket!!
The results are in, and the winners are:
Wednesday, April 20th: Community Connections
Thursday, April 21st: Justin Gatewood
Friday, April 22nd: Michael Steelman
Please ring (202-543-6157) or email ([email protected]) to arrange for your certificate!
Frager's Donation to House of Ruth
Wednesday, April 6th, Frager's owner John Weintraub presented Carolyn Stevens of the House of Ruth organization with a check in support of their efforts. Frager's donated a portion of each 90th Anniversary T-Shirt sold during our Anniversary celebration to House of Ruth. From left to right, Christine Moschetti, Frager's; John Weintraub; Carolyn Stevens; and Elizabeth Philbrick, Frager's.
For more information on the House of Ruth click on their logo on the left.
April Hours bring May Weekends!
For your convenience during this busy spring,
we will be open an extra hour on Saturdays and Sundays during May.
Mon-Fri 7-7, Sat. 7-6:55, Sun. 8-6.
Hill Center Hires Diana Ingraham As First Director.
As a supporter of the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Frager's is pleased to announce that Diana Ingraham has started as the first Director of the organization. For more details on the Hill Center and Diana please see the THIH article here.
To help find solutions to the nation’s bed bug problem, the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup held a second national summit on February 1-2, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The summit was open to the public and focused on ways the federal government and others can continue to work together on management and control of these pests. For more information and other useful links, please visit the EPA site here.
Congratulations Chuck & Warren Schwartz
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