Thursday, September 3, 2020

Ritchie Center pad site available for lease on Rockville Pike

Here's an interesting development at the Ritchie Center. The retro-design brick building at 795 Rockville Pike could be torn down to make way for a new retail use, based on a new for-lease listing. Rather than touting the building for lease, it is offering the pad site land itself, a 6970 SF parcel.

This would be a great location for a new fast food restaurant with drive-thru - excellent visibility and vehicular access. We need a Hardee's, Steak 'N Shake, or Jack in the Box quite badly.
Map courtesy NAI Michael


  1. Almost all the spaces in that center are already food locations. Super Bowl, Limena, Om, etc, etc. As well as the IHOP, of course.

    And not all of them do well. There used to be a Pizza Hut - POOF. The nice Japanese restaurant (whose name I forget) - POOF.

    One major advantage is the proximity to RM high school (once kids are actually back in school). There was/will be a LOT of lunchtime traffic

  2. All of the fast food outlets you listed have issues. (1) Hardee's folded most locations in this (DC) area several years ago, after conversions from Roy Roger's. The closest now is in Linthicum MD. (2) Steak N' Shake; has permanently closed 51 of its company-owned restaurants as the chain has worked to refinance a debt bill that comes due next year. The closures were detailed in the Indianapolis-based burger chain's parent company's latest earnings report.May 11, 2020. DC was lucky to hold this single location, the Rayburn Office Building (political pressure?). (3) Jack in the Box; has not intent on marketing on the eastern seaboard, a marketing strategy akin to In n Out. Sorry, that's just the way it is.

    1. Jack in the Box is already on the east coast in North Carolina. They're in the midwest, as well.

    2. Jack was in the DMV for several years up until the early 80's when they downsized the company, and never returned. Several locations in Baltimore, and Anne Arundel County were bought out by Qdoba when they cut away from Jack.

    3. Lifelong residents will never forget that it was Hardee's who destroyed Roy Rogers.

    4. @9/5/20 10:20AM - I hope you know that Roy's is back with several locations, and doing well.The closet one just catty-corner to this shopping center.