H&M Set to Open on Connecticut Avenue

The old Filene’s Basement space, vacated three years ago, is finally getting a new tenant.

By: Diana Elbasha

It’s been an eventful year for the buzzing little corner of downtown Washington that houses the Shop Around HQ. In the past ten months, the Farragut neighborhood has welcomed Nordstrom Rack, blowdry salon Blowout Bar, Turkish suitmaker Sarar, and accessories boutique LouLou to a street that was until April lined almost exclusively with office spaces and coffee shops. We were pleasantly surprised this morning to hear the development isn’t stopping there—H&M will be the next to join the neighborhood.

The Washington Business Journal reports today that the retailer has applied for a building permit just around the corner at 1133 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, the vacant 28,000-square-foot space that housed Filene’s Basement until its demise in 2011. The chain has expanded rapidly in the Washington of late; since last summer, new locations have opened in Chevy Chase, Union Station, National Harbor, and Georgetown. It’s not the only pending shakeup on Connecticut, either: Burberry, less than a block away, is set to close in June.

The other two former Filene’s Basement spaces in the area also acquired new tenants in recent months; TJ Maxx took over the Friendship Heights outpost, while Marshall’s stepped in at 14th Street.