WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL – D.C. officials see Starbucks’ decision to open its first D.C. drive-thru shop at Skyland Town Center — and another location in Anacostia — as clear evidence that their efforts to push retailers east of the Anacostia are bearing fruit.

D.C. officials urged Starbucks to build on the Maple View Flats store in Ward 8, which has been on the drawing board since 2017, by pairing it with a new one nearby at Skyland, says John Falcicchio, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s chief of staff and interim deputy mayor for planning and economic development.

Bowser’s administration says both locations, but specifically Skyland, mean that some of the District’s most historically impoverished neighborhoods are turning a corner.

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