Metro adds new stop: Pop-up retail plaza

Metro adds new stop: Pop-up retail plaza

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - If you're a Metro rider, heads up! There's a brand new stop at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station that just popped-up. There’s actually several stops. That’s because there’s several small businesses to check-out.

A new pop-up retail plaza opened Wednesday outside of the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station. They’re being housed inside an old 4,000 serious Metro railcar that was cut into several sections.

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"I think this is fantastic,” said Andy Zimmerman. “I think this is just what they need. They have 10,000 people-a-day coming through here and you can't buy anything either coming or going.”

Zimmerman says you can go into New York City and find items being sold inside the stations.

The pop-up plaza is a partnership between WMATA, they gave the space and a retired railcar, Strathmore, and Fivesquares Development. Fivesquares is building a mix-use development right next door, over station's parking lot.

Is this a PR ploy? Zimmerman says he owns a retail business. His take is, so what.

"The entire Rockville pike is under construction. They already tore down all of White Flint and White Flint is now just, what? – a Lord and Taylor, that's right. And they've got huge plans up there. It's a great way to sort-of introduce the community into some of the things that are coming on. Let the locals dip their beak a little. Let them have part of this,” Zimmerman said.

If all goes well, WUSA9 was told the pop-up plaza could continue or be repeated at other metro stations.

For now, it’ll go until the end of June, Wednesday through Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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