- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2001

HomeRuns.com is scoring in five more communities in the Washington area.
The Burlington, Mass.-based online grocer has expanded its service to Fairfax, McLean, Oakton and Vienna in Virginia as well as Annapolis.
The new service areas have two delivery days instead of HomeRuns' Monday through Saturday delivery for the District and the surrounding areas. The Virginia markets have delivery on Wednesday and Thursday and Annapolis has delivery on Tuesday and Friday.
The company will add more delivery days as each area gets new customers.
"These communities have been carefully selected from market research based on a number of criteria: population density, geographic proximity to our fulfillment center in Landover, as well as a strong response from consumers for this type of service," says Robert J. Tarr Jr., chief executive and president of HomeRuns.com.
HomeRuns.com entered the Washington market in October its first market outside of its Boston market. The company fulfills its Washington customers orders from a 145,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Landover. Customers pay an additional $5.95 service charge for orders between $50 and $125. Orders over $125 are free.
Online grocery shopping has become an easy alternative for busy consumers who can't find time to do their shopping at traditional stores.
Last year, online shoppers spent $700 million on groceries and the industry is expected to grow to $18.5 billion in sales by 2005, according to Jupiter Research.

Hechingers filling up

Kohl's Department Store and Giant Food are taking over two vacant Hechinger sites in Maryland and Virginia.
Kohl's Department Store has signed a lease to move into the Hechinger site at Burke Shopping Center in Burke. Roadside Development of Washington bought the vacant property in October and D.C.-based Madison Retail handled the leasing for the property. The 87,500-square-foot Kohl's is expected to open in August 2002.
JBG Rosenfeld Retail has leased the former 53,000-square-foot Hechinger in Rockville to Landover-based Giant. The building will be demolished to make room for Giant's 54,000-square-foot store.
JBG Rosenfeld has secured two other leases at former Hechinger buildings including MetroMedia Fiber Network, which moved into the Tysons Corner Hechinger, and another Giant store at former Hechinger location at Alexandria Commons.

Rockville project

Safeway will anchor Fallsgrove Village Center, a new retail and office project in Rockville.
The 150,000-square-foot retail portion of the project will have about 40 stores, restaurants, banks and neighborhood retail. The 57,000-square-foot Safeway, one of the chain's new, larger prototypes, is scheduled to open in Spring 2002.
Fallsgrove Village Center, developed by Lerner Enterprises of Bethesda, also has a 75,000-square-foot Class A three-story office building.

Weekend travel up

Half of all U.S. adults take at least one weekend trip per year, according to the Travel Industry Association of America. That's almost 103 million people who are on the road for at least a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night stay.
About 40 percent of weekend travelers are taking more trips than they did five years ago.
TIA officials say families juggling heavy work loads and social schedules find it difficult to get away for a full week's vacation.
Donna De Marco can be reached at 202/636-4884. Retail & Hospitality runs every other week..

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