WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The District’s “Boomtown” reputation is making it more attractive to retailers.

Mayor Vincent Gray recapped his recent trip to Las Vegas for the International Council of Shopping Centers in his weekly Sunday radio address on All-News 99.1 WNEW, saying that D.C.’s retail scene is on the rise.

“We have a broader array of people who are interested in the District of Columbia,” Gray said, including some popular names. “We are talking to Wegman’s … We talked to Starbucks. Starbucks now has a presence in a Safeway, but they’re looking to expand.”

The city’s growing economy and population are even attracting retailers to areas east of the Anacostia River.

Gray said Ward 8 in particular could see some rapid changes with the soon-to-be-redeveloped campus of St. Elizabeth’s potentially being a big draw.

Gray said Costco and Target are among the relatively new players in the market that are thinking about opening second locations in the District. Macy’s, Giant, Safeway, Wegmans and Dillard’s also are thinking about coming to or expanding in D.C., Gray says.

Listen to Gray’s weekly radio address in its entirety:

The mayor’s weekly radio address can be heard at 10:05 a.m. every Sunday exclusively on All-News 99.1 WNEW and streamed online.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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