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Two more retail tenants have been announced and plan to open soon in the Boilermaker Shops at The Yards according to the project’s master developer and owner, Forest City Washington. The latest leases signed are for a Spanish-based mini- sandwich chain which is new to the DC area known as 100 Montaditos, as well as a familiar name in living well, GNC, the leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products.

100 Montaditos an internationally known fast casual restaurant that specializes in “montaditos,” or mini sandwiches and offers 100 varieties of fillings, will open this fall in the Boilermaker Shops, an adaptive reuse of a former Navy Yard industrial building which is fast becoming the retail heart of this new and developing urban waterfront neighborhood being created in DC’s Capitol Riverfront area. In a similar timeframe, GNC is planning to open its latest DC location just a few doors away.

Founded in Spain in 2000 and now with over 250 restaurants across the globe, including in selected US markets, 100 Montaditos is the latest retail/dining option to be announced for The Yards. 100 Montaditos prides itself on being a place to enjoy a delicious slice of Spanish cuisine and culture in a relaxing and friendly environment. Inspired by the atmosphere of a typical Spanish tavern, the menu offers a variety of traditional montaditos served on crunchy, freshly- baked Spanish rolls; filled with such typical Mediterranean ingredients as Serrano ham, Spanish tortilla, chorizo sausage and Manchego cheese; and seasoned with such traditional Mediterranean ingredients as olive oil, garlic, onions, lemon, tomato sauce and ali oli. As its name implies, 100 varieties of fillings are available on a choice of rolls. There are multiple 100 Montaditos locations in Florida, in the Miami area, as well as in Orlando and Key West. Other U.S. locations are New York City and Iowa. Outside of the U.S., 100 Montaditos can be found in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Colombia and Chile.

GNC is a leading global specialty retailer whose broad product line is based around their motto to Live Well. GNC stores feature an impressive selection of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products. Headquartered in Pittsburgh and publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, GNC has more than 8,200 retail locations, (more than 6,200 of which are in the US), including franchise operations in 55 countries around the world. GNC’s deep mix of nutritional products include several well-known propriety brands including Mega Men, Ultra Mega, Total Lean, Pro Performance, Beyond Raw and numerous nationally-recognized third party brands.

“The addition of both 100 Montaditos and GNC in the Boilermaker Shops adds even more interesting facets to our evolving retail and dining scene at The Yards,” said Deborah Ratner Salzberg, president of Forest City Washington. “Both are very well respected retailers on an international scale.”

100 Montaditos will occupy 2,522 SF in the Boilermaker Shops, located on Tingey Street SE just west of 4th Street SE. Like the other restaurants soon to open in The Boilermaker Shops, the location will also feature outdoor seating. GNC will occupy 2,043 SF in the same building.

Opening over the next few months in the Boilermaker Shops are several previously announced retailers and places to eat. The DC-based Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) is expected to soon open two of their food/drink concepts there. Bluejacket will be a working micro-brewery which, in addition to an impressive selection of craft beers, will also offer a menu of pub-style food. NRG’s popular Buzz Bakery and coffee shop will open at approximately the same time in an adjacent unit.

Other Boilermaker Shops restaurants currently under construction include Willie’s Brew & Que, a barbeque and sports restaurant from DC restaurateur Xavier Cervera, as well as Nando’s Peri-Peri, the popular Portuguese-style spiced chicken restaurant. A non-food retailer, Wells Cleaners, is already open in The Boilermaker Shops.

These latest tenant additions bring the total number of food, specialty and service retailers to locate in the block-long Boilermaker Shops building to seven. Negotiations are currently underway for the remaining three ground floor retail units, as well as the Boilermaker Shops’ mezzanine office space. These additional Boilermaker tenant signings are expected to be announced soon.

At full build-out, The Yards will feature approximately 2,800 residential units, 1.8 million SF of office space and roughly 400,000 SF of retail/restaurants/entertainment and services. Currently operating restaurants in The Yards include Kruba Thai and Sushi as well as Potbelly Sandwich Works, both of which are in the Foundry Lofts building. A new furniture store, EVO Furniture Gallery, opened recently in Foundry Lofts.

Nearby, in the Lumber Shed, two additional table service restaurants are under construction and expected to open this fall. Osteria Morini, a casual restaurant featuring Northern Italian cuisine, is the latest creation from renowned NYC Chef Michael White. The Yards will mark his restaurant debut in the DC market. Also under construction at the Lumber Shed is Agua 301, featuring a Modern Mexican menu from the owners of Zest Bistro on Barracks Row.

In the residential/retail Twelve12 project, currently under construction at M and 4th Streets SE in The Yards, the signing of several significant retailers was previously been announced. Twelve12, which will offer 218 apartment units upon its completion in mid-2014, will also include a 50,000 SF, full-service Harris Teeter grocery store, a 28,000 SF VIDA Fitness complex including its Bang Salon, Aura Spa and Penthouse Pool Club and Sweetgreen. Currently 90%; leased, some additional retail space in Twelve12 is still available.

Additional information about The Yards can be found online at DCYards.com. The Yards can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

Forest City Washington is a subsidiary of the Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises, Inc., a NYSE-listed national real estate company with $10.6 billion in total assets. The Company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States.

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