The National Harbor recently celebrated its thirteenth anniversary on April 1st. The National Harbor has become a destination for shopping, dining, living, and working. Residents and tourists travel from all over the world to experience National Harbor. The National Harbor has blossomed with the openings of Tanger Outlets in 2013, Capital Wheel in 2014, MGM Casino in 2016, and most recently the addition of Top Golf in 2019!! National Harbor has become Prince George’s County’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Now is the time for county officials and Peterson Companies to further capitalize and maximize on our crown jewel, National Harbor.
Shopping and Dining. The Tanger Outlets has provided access to county residents with much desired stores such as Michael Kors, Express, H&M, Gap, Nike, Banana Republic and more in our undeserved community. Downtown National Harbor is ripe for more shopping and dining. I would love to see world-renowned commercial developer Westfield Group, bring in not only more desired stores such as Apple, Crate and Barrel, Zara, but also dining options as California Pizza Kitchen, Maggiano’s or the much desired Cheesecake Factory, like at Westfield Annapolis Mall in Annapolis, Maryland. Peterson Companies should continue the success of attracting boutique shops and local restaurants. A food hall would be a welcomed addition to National Harbor. It can serve as an incubator for start-up restaurant businesses, exhibit, and meeting space like Mixt Food Hall in Brentwood, Maryland.
As new home construction continues to soar at the National Harbor, residents should be steps away from a full-service grocery store. Of course, Harris Teeter and Whole Foods are preferred, but in reality, a home-grown grocer such as MOM’s Organic Market would compliment existing Potomac Gourmet Market. This would also provide access to fresh food and produce to residents of Prince George’s County and beyond.
Entertainment. The Capital Wheel, MGM Casino, and Top Golf have created an unparalleled entertainment district at National Harbor. It’s time to capitalize!! Let’s add a roller coaster to the waterfront, fly high with I-Fly indoor skydiving, catch a movie at the iPic theatre or bowl the night away at Bowlero. Let’s apply some pressure to the gas pedal at Autobahn indoor-speedway and skate on thin ice in January, or relax on South Beach in July, on our year-round flex space. As I mentioned in my previous blog, “Dave and Buster’s Ritchie Station Marketplace”, https://www.gregsviewpoint.com/post/dave-and-buster-s-ritchie-station-marketplace, relocate Dave and Buster’s from Ritchie Station Marketplace to National Harbor. This would provide residents, guests, and visitors with a better entertainment experience, create a different synergy, and further evolve the National Harbor as an entertainment district.
These amenities are the key ingredients to master the recipe of National Harbor as both a destination and an experience!!