A year after setting up shop in Northside, a local retailer has outgrown its home and is moving a few blocks over while staying in the same neighborhood.
Savage Apparel Co. has purchased 2923 North Ave. in Brookland Park, where it will move its headquarters in the fall. The company has been based at 126 W. Brookland Park Blvd., which it bought last year.
The apparel company makes custom-printed athletic gear, targeting nontraditional teams in sports such as ultimate frisbee, kickball, dodgeball and other rec sports.
By moving a few blocks down the road, Savage President Todd Curran said the company will increase its space from about 2,100 to 3,600 square feet.
He said he was happy at the former location but ran out of room faster than expected.
“We’ve been able to expand our personnel since we’ve gotten more business,” Curran said. “But we just ran out of space.”
Despite the quick turnaround, Savage was able to turn a small profit on the sale of its building. It paid $105,000 for the property in March 2017 and sold it for $250,000.
The buyer was an entity tied to local developer Cory Weiner, who has been on an acquisition streak in the neighborhood.
Savage paid $185,000 for its new building, per city property records. It most recently was assessed at $177,000. Colliers International’s Sara Williamson represented the seller, Nova Commercial Ventures I LLC, and Bill Mattox represented Savage in the deal.
The 92-year-old building is an empty shell and has been vacant for the last few years. It sits next to Black Hand Coffee Co.’s Cafe Nostra and fronts both North Avenue and Brookland Park Boulevard.
Curran said he believes it was a beauty salon or supply store once upon a time.
Savage is getting permits to begin renovations, which it will do in stages. The building eventually will house its offices, production area and a small showroom. Curran said the company purchases its fabric, then cuts, prints and sews garments in-house.
Curran said he’s aiming to have the office complete by the fall, and the showroom and production side done by the end of 2018. Dorsey Construction is the project’s general contractor.
Weiner, who has bought up a handful of storefronts in the Northside neighborhood, said he doesn’t have any concrete plans for the space but is in talks with possible tenants.
Earlier this year, Weiner landed Safety Team Brewing Co. as a tenant in a former car wash at 310 W. Brookland Park Blvd.
The neighborhood, which has seen increased interest for development in recent years, will host its fifth annual community celebration this Saturday, July 21 along Brookland Park Boulevard.