WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL – Skyland Town Center in Ward 7 will be home to the first drive-thru Starbucks in the District, as well as the second Chase Bank east of the Anacostia River, after the tenants recently signed leases with the project’s developers.

The new tenants, which signed just a few months after developer Rappaport landed Lidl as the project’s grocery anchor, will join a CVS Pharmacy in the Ward 7 development. Skyland will eventually bring up to 500 apartments, 135,000 square feet of retail and 131,300 square feet of medical office space to the intersection of Naylor Road and Good Hope Road in Southeast D.C.

Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Chase (NYSE: JPM) are the first stores to sign onto the project since Lidl struck a deal with Skyland’s developers in May, providing a long sought-after replacement for Walmart after the chain spurned the project back in 2016.

The bank will set up shop as part of the project’s first phase — a mixed-use building currently under construction — while Starbucks will have a stand-alone shop across the street complete with a drive-thru, the first such store in the District. It will also be the coffee chain’s first location east of the Anacostia River. Chase will occupy about 3,600 square feet, while Starbucks will span about 2,500 square feet. Both are set to open sometime in 2021.

“The lack of options here just creates enormous opportunity for retailers who want to come and be a part of this site,” said Rappaport President Henry Fonvielle, who is working on the project as part of a team with WC Smith. “It’s exhilarating. We’ve had so much energy into this massive project, in a neighborhood and a community that really deserves the services and restaurants and dining options.”

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