Monday, August 26, 2019

Tenleytown Target construction looks ahead of schedule (Photos)

Will Target be the new CVS? After opening a number of smaller, urban-format stores - including the new one in downtown Bethesda, the retail giant is preparing to open a full-size location at CityLine, at 4500 Wisconsin Avenue in 2020. But as you can see here, the construction appears to be ahead-of-schedule, with the interior shell, lighting, and a good amount of flooring nearly complete. No signage has been installed yet, and there are obviously a lot of shelves, counters and massive inventories to be brought in.
This location, as longtime residents of Bethesda, Friendship Heights and Northwest Washington know, is one of the most historic department store sites in town. It was originally the first Sears Roebuck in Washington, D.C. when it opened on October 2, 1941. The parking structure was a marvel of engineering itself, and a heck of place to be when the nearby Civil Defense siren was tested Wednesdays during the Cold War. Only the rear pick-up at Toys R Us in Rockville, or underground pick-up at Montgomery Ward at Wheaton Plaza, could match the excitement heading down into the interior tunnel at Sears to pick up an oversize purchase.
The Tenleytown Sears, at the intersection of River Road and Wisconsin Avenue, was the Sears of choice of most Bethesdans in those days. In more recent years, Sears closed in the 1990s, and the structure was converted into a luxury residential development with retail below. Alas, the grand parking structure was lost, replaced by a new garage when Best Buy took over the 46000 SF that was left of Sears, with the rest going to housing and other retailers. When this was Best Buy, the garage was fine, but it used to try to close before Best Buy did. Not a way to encourage repeat business, to threaten to lock your car in for the night.
Alas, most of the great aspects of the legendary department stores, including Woodward & Lothrop in Chevy Chase, White Flint Mall's original anchors, and the old Tenleytown Sears, will be unknown to future generations. Target is quite pale by comparison, but it's what we've got left. And of course, it has groceries, and sometimes pharmacies, which department stores virtually never did years ago.












60 comments:

Anonymous said...

This will be a great addition to Tenleytown! I shopped at the old Sears there back in the '60s.

Anonymous said...

"When this was Best Buy, the garage was fine, but it used to try to close before Best Buy did. Not a way to encourage repeat business, to threaten to lock your car in for the night."

This sounds rather slanderous if it is not actually true. Did this actually happen to you or to anyone you know?

Anonymous said...

6:54 AM MoCo residents don't just shop, dine and hang out in MoCo? I'm shocked! Revoke their MoCo badges immediately.

A little secret for you-Tenleytown is very close to parts of Bethesda and Chevy Chase.

Anonymous said...

7:16 AM It happened to me. I was held hostage overnight in the Best Buy garage. I subsisted on CVS receipts that were in my car.

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Anonymous said...

Dyer, you've opened my eyes to a whole new world outside of MoCo this morning. I've been told a lie all my life. I thought Lakeforest mall was the pinnacle of shopping.

Anonymous said...

7:30am that's a complete lie, but that's all you post these days.

Dyer has a lot of coverage of the friendship heights area, Chevy Chase pavilion, etc

Anonymous said...

"Only the rear pick-up at Toys R Us in Rockville, or underground pick-up at Montgomery Ward at Wheaton Plaza, could match the excitement heading down into the interior tunnel at Sears to pick up an oversize purchase."

This reeks of Aspie.

Anonymous said...

7:49am love the MoCo nostalgia!
I'm shocked you're calling the "back in the day" crowd "aspies".

Anonymous said...

Still waiting for the Little Helper to point to previous articles about Tenleytown and Chevy Chase/Friendship Heights DC.

The only one I could find was a mention of robberies that occurred at or near the 5300 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW in November 2016. And that's for the entire 13 years of SNN's existence.

Robert Dyer said...

8:17: You must be clueless - there have been dozens of articles about Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase DC over the years. Everything from retail to restaurants to Metro to crime.

Anonymous said...

Didn't know Tenleytown was in Bethesda?

Anonymous said...

I'm noticing Robert's troll will just post outright lies now. Lol. Disappointing, even for a troll.

Robert Dyer said...

8:30: Many people in Bethesda near the DC line have been dining and shopping in N.W. D.C. for years, and that's exactly why I've been covering it for years.

You never comment when other websites post even-less-relevant D.C. stories, so you just sound like an idiot criticizing me, the pioneer of hyperlocal news in Montgomery County. I look forward to reading your nasty comments on other websites' comment sections when they post anything outside of Bethesda/MoCo on them.

Anonymous said...

Signs of paranoia: when you think every comment you don't write must be Robert Dyer.

Anonymous said...

9:03 AM If there was another publisher covering MoCo on daily basis like Dyer before he was, then who was it? The Gazette certainly was not.

If you dispute something, state a fact.

Anonymous said...

"If there was another publisher covering MoCo on daily basis like Dyer before he was, then who was it? The Gazette certainly was not."

Why wasn't it?

Anonymous said...

9:15 AM The Gazette was published once a week. The website had the articles from the print edition.

It definitely didn't cover restaurant & retail like Dyer does. It didn't follow development like Dyer.

Welcome to the world.

Anonymous said...

The Gazette's articles were published on the website in real time, not just on Thursday mornings. Just as BB's articles are not published only every two months when you "read it at your dentist's office".

Seriously, what is your hang-up with news sites that have both online and print editions?

Anonymous said...

All these comments by Dyer and his Little Helper running in parallel but they never have a conversation with each other.

Anonymous said...

The Gazette site was just the print articles. No meaningful retail/ restaurant coverage beyond the occasional review. No in depth development coverage. No timely transportation news.

It's just different. I'm not hating on the Gazette. There was a time, in the past, I read it and, ocassionaly, hard copy Bethesda Magazine.

Times change however.

Anonymous said...

10:39 AM/10:43 AM
You never comment on the actual article itself. You always devolve into the same litany of grievances against Robert.

Boyce Bowles said...

12:11 PM
Ever try to mix in a supportive, positive comment about Robert? Try it- I promise it'll feel better to support people instead of tearing them down. With daily reporting across Bethesda and the surrounding towns, he puts a lot of work into this.

And if Robert irks you so much, please consider not reading his network of hyperlocal MoCo news sites.

Boyce Bowles said...

12:23 PM You've called him much, much worse. And always anonymously online even though you talk about being in the same meetings as him.

Try threatening other local journalists, or even blog writers, and see what reaction you get before you're blocked.

You don't like Robert and have some grievance against him. Why keep coming back here daily? I don't get it.

Anna said...
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Boyce Bowles said...

12:37pm again, if you're shaking with fear of Robert Dyer, why come back here everyday?

The only people I know who were frightened of Robert were the candidates who refused to debate him last election. :)

Your proclivity to put Robert on trial on so many posts is odd. It's just a Target store under construction. Relax.

Anonymous said...

Dyer has so many fabulous haters, they don't get it. Losers, step up to the plate...

Anna said...

That's okay. I reported it. Got a nice little report written up for me that they even wanted my autograph on! No worries on my part.

And you just confirmed you don’t like me treating Dyer the way Dyer treats me! How interesting you continue to be!

Anna said...

Dyer makes haters everywhere he goes! With everything he says! He's quite the expert at it! It may well be his claim to fame!

Boyce Bowles said...

12:53pm more false claims about "reports".

Again, why come back here daily if Dyer is as bad as you imagine? (And you do have quite the vivid imagination!)

Boyce Bowles said...

12:57pm Was Dyer mean to you as well?

Anonymous said...

Help! Robert Dyer was mean to me.
LOL
Dyer's haters sound like children.

Anonymous said...

Bob - Lots of sugar in that Taco Bell Cherry Sunset Freeze!

Anna said...

I hate no-one. As I've said many times before... I don't dislike him, I just don't like him. Which is quite different.

Boyce Bowles said...

1:19 PM Try to be supportive and lift people up. I promise it will be rewarding.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:18 PM - I got Sleep Number as my ad. Which ad did you get?

Anonymous said...

1:19pm you're the definition of a troll. You didn't actually comment on the topic of this article. You never do.

You resorted to the same ad hominem attacks on Dyer instead.

Anonymous said...

@ 5:51 PM, excuse me, but where is your comment about the construction of the new Target in the old Sears? I looked but couldn't find it.

Anonymous said...

"Dyer's restaurant reviews"

You mean like the one immediately below, where he did not even bother to tell readers about the food that Hawkers Scratch-Asian Street Fare offers, before he launched into yet another "waah waah waah MoCo Cartel" rant?

Readers had to go to other news sites - Eater.DC, Washingtonian, and BB - to find that information.

Anonymous said...

1:19 "you're the definition of a troll. You didn't actually comment on the topic of this article. You never do."

Soooooo...exactly like your post?

Anonymous said...

6:14: Only people too dumb to click on the link in the article to Dyer's original report on Hawkers would "go to other sites," - - like you, Soy Boy!

Robert Dyer said...

9:33: You're full of BS as usual - as someone who was eager to read the latest news about our criminal county council, I well remember that The Gazette did not publish online until the print edition went to press. Once a week. Some additional political articles would publish a day or two later for the Gazette of News and Politics Edition.

Your carpetbagger status is showing again.

Only in the last throes of death did the Gazette begin to ape my coverage of retail and restaurant openings and closings. But it was too late.

Anonymous said...

And Dyer checks in at 1 AM, drunk, angry and bitter.

Anonymous said...

Why can't Dyer be a cheerful drunk like Otis from Mayberry?

Anonymous said...

Back in the day, the Gazette actually had a position where the person was responsible for typing the print edition articles up for the website. Basically data entry.

So, gazette.net simply had the print edition articles. That was great for the time,.but like magazines, that is 15-20 years ago. Times change.

Anonymous said...

Saith Dyer: "As someone who was eager to read the latest news about our criminal county council, I well remember that The Gazette did not publish online until the print edition went to press."

I'll bet you couldn't sleep on Wednesday nights, waiting for the news of "our criminal county council" the next morning.

Anonymous said...

"Try to be supportive and lift people up"

Like Dyer? LOL

Anna said...

Bobo, you are the prototypical internet shill.
Still too shy to use your real name? Because then it would be real and everyone would know?

If you actually READ my comments, you'd know that I was all for Dyer until HE started calling ME names, threatening violence, and threatened my business.

You'd also know that this is the only one of his blogs I read, because I refuse to give him any more clicks. THAT was why it was so frightening and disturbing that he went to another site to tell falsehoods about me.

So what you’re saying is you don’t like me treating Dyer the way Dyer treats me. How interesting.

Don't read my comments if you don't like them.

Love & bacon.

12:37 PM 8/26/19

Anna said...

Comet Ping Pong was not allowed to be mentioned on this blog because it wasn't about Bethesda. Even after one commenter mentioned they go there often since its so convenient. Even after commenters asked

12:11 PM 8/26/19

Anonymous said...

These trolling insults sound exactly what a Post reporter described in her experience today. She says journalists need thick skin to put up with daily insults and threats.

It's amazing how similar the weird comments are here! (Including 10:17)

Anonymous said...

Where is this "story", Little Helper @ 10:39 AM? I looked in The Washington Post and all I found was a New York Times reporter being called "a bedbug".

Anonymous said...

1:27 PM
Actually, you're close- Reporters are reflecting on harassment because of the "bedbug" incident.

They're sharing some of the terrible harassment, insults and threats they receive from readers. It's amazing how the themes are the same as I see posted here by people like 1:22PM.

The obsession over minor points, the tendency to want to obsess over a journalist's career or personal life, the ease in using vulgar attacks, etc.

There is definitely a common profile across Internet trolls.

Anonymous said...

2:04 PM
You're lying, as you are apt to do.

Robert Dyer said...

9:31/9:33: Your comments have been screen-captured for law-enforcement and future legal proceedings.

Your ongoing campaign of harassment, threats, defamation, stalking and cyberbullying against me continues.

You've been repeatedly asked to leave, and warned of the criminal and legal consequences of your ongoing actions.

Cease and desist.

You've also once again gotten your different personalities mixed up - you never wrote about Maggiano's and similar topics as "Anna," but rather in your Antifa persona. You made that same mistake when you forgot and spoke as "Anna" of the statue debate.

Cease and desist, and do not return to this site again. You have been banned.

Anonymous said...

People who are against you are Antifa. Antifa means anti-fascist. If being anti fascist is bad is being fascist good?
Please enlighten us. What exactly is the Antifa platform? Shouldn’t every real loyal American be against fascism?

Robert Dyer said...

3:21: No, only people who use the language and tactics of Antifa are Antifa. There is a distinct difference between being anti-fascist and being Antifa. The former uses their freedom of speech and voting rights to express their political views. The latter is a domestic terrorist organization that uses violence, harassment and doxing against anyone they arbitrarily decide is a "Nazi" (basically anyone to the right of Joe Biden, Jeb! and Paul Ryan, or who opposes globalism, at this point). The latter two tactics have been deployed against me right here on a regular basis. Some of Antifa are sincere people with good intentions, but their behavior is overshadowed by the thugs in their group, who hide their faces like the Klan.

Anonymous said...

Errr Robert you aren’t the only one who can do a screen capture. So before you cry victim of cyberbulling you should delete all posts where you call people morons or tell them they were bodyslammed.

Robert Dyer said...

5:32: What law covers telling an anonymous troll they are a moron, or figuratively bodyslammed with words? No law.

In contrast, laws do prevent people like you from cyberbullying, harassing, doxing, threatening me with violence, and stalking me.

Anna said...
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Robert Dyer said...

5:57: You just defamed me with false statements again. I've never done any of the things you stated.

What's more, you have now been banned from this site and are not allowed to comment here after repeated violation of rules and federal and state laws, and numerous warnings.

You are banned here. Goodbye.