While plans for improving access at Union Station's Main Hall advance, as do earthquake repairs and enhancements outside at Columbus Circle, managers of the retail spaces inside are also making some tweaks to the shopping and train concourse.
Jones Lang LaSalle, which manages the all the interior and exterior retail spaces for
It will include new, brighter and more dramatic signage for retail tenants along the passenger concourse, as well as a new walkway to improve pedestrian traffic flow to the easternmost end of Union Station, which is home to a well-trafficked McDonalds but little else.
The renovated retail spaces will include what Jones Lang LaSalle calls "extensive use of glass to provide more visibility to other areas."
Already some changes have come to the passenger concourse. The post office and liquor store on the westernmost end have been moved, with the liquor store, popular among MARC riders, who are allowed to drink on trains -- moving downstairs to the food court.
In its place is Pret a Manger, which despite its French name is actually British. The chain, which has more than 30 locations in Manhattan, is following in the footsteps of other well-known New York-centric retail chains and now has five stores open in the District.
Lakewood, Colorado-based EinsteinNoah Restaurant Group, which owns Einstein Brothers Bagels and Noah's Bagels, and already has several stores in the Washington D.C. metro area, plans a store in the eastern part of the concourse. It will replace car rental counters that have been moved upstairs. Jones Lang LaSalle says the improvements to the concourse will be completed by late April.