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Union Kitchen Inks Two-Part Deal At Eckington’s Mammoth Mixed-Use Site

The food accelerator will open a grocery store and commercial kitchen in 2021

Eckington Place is expected to deliver in 2021.
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Homegrown convenience mart Union Kitchen Grocery (UKG) is making good on plans to blanket the D.C. area with more hyper-local food products, with a new deal just reached for the future Eckington Place project.

The Northeast site, slated to bring lots of multifamily units and retail space to the neighborhood in 2021, will house a Union Kitchen Grocery as well as the brand’s membership-based commercial kitchen, called Union Kitchen.

Union Kitchen currently operates a commercial and manufacturing space nearby in Ivy City, as well as two grab-and-go grocery outposts in D.C., selling everything from pasta salad to nitro cold brew. UKG‘s original location near Union Station (538 Third Street NE) debuted in May 2015. A second one twice the size of the flagship store landed inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center last year.

UKG is opening a third location — and its second in Shaw — in a few weeks inside the space formerly occupied by Glen’s Garden Market (1924 Eighth Street NW). The growing brand, which aims to make each location more consumer friendly than the last, plans to open an additional location in Franklin Square at a later date.

Eckington Yards, a joint venture between JBG and Boundary Cos., plans to plant 681 multifamily units and 70,000 square feet of retail at the intersection of Q Street and Eckington Place near New York Avenue. Demolition is set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

Its previously announced anchor tenant is Brooklyn Boulders, a multi-use complex sporting a climbing gym, co-working spaces, and a coffee bar.

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