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THE HOUSE THAT WEBBER BUILT: WILL DC ARENA GET NIKETOWN?
Published November 21, 1995
When Bullets/Capitals Owner Abe Pollin opens his new MCI Center in downtown Washington in '97, the new arena will include around 50,000 square feet of retail space. Noting rumors that a Niketown store would go in the facility, Maryann Haggerty of the WASHINGTON POST reports, while Pollin has been "close-mouthed" about plans for the retail space, he has promised it will be sports-oriented and "nifty enough" to attract tourists. Niketown Chicago features interactive media and audio-video displays along with retail merchandise; last year it ranked as one of the city's most popular tourist attractions with 1.5 million visitors. Niketown spokesperson Kevin Kutcher would not confirm any discussions with Pollin. Kutcher: "All I can say about Washington is that it's a market we have looked at and are not finished looking at" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/18). MORE DC RETAIL NEWS: Indianapolis-based Galyans Trading Co. plans to open between three and six 100,000 square-foot stores in the DC-area over the next two years. Galyans sells sports equipment and apparel in stores that feature batting cages, basketball courts and climbing walls (WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/17-23 issue).