|More On Ellwood Thompson's From The CEO|
|Written by Columbia Heights News|
|Saturday, 18 August 2007|
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We recently had a chance to speak with Ryan Youngman, CEO of Ellwood Thompson's. He expressed a strong desire to bring his environmentally conscience natural market concept to Columbia Heights. Ellwood Thompson's was established in 1989. The current owner, Rick Hood, is also one of the original founders of the natural grocer. Ellwood Thompson's started out as a small-scale city market in an up-and-coming area of Richmond over a decade ago. Since then, it has grown to become the largest and most successful natural market in Richmond. Ryan Youngman came to run Ellwood Thomson's after years of working for Whole Foods Market.
Armed with the success of the Richmond location, Ellwood Thompson's has set out to expand to other markets with Washington, DC being at the top of his list. CEO Ryan Youngman has already looked at many neighborhoods in the District but none of them attracted him as much as Columbia Heights. He spent several days walking through the streets of this neighborhood visiting various retailers and speaking with residents from all walks of life. He absolutely fell in love with Columbia Heights.
Youngman needs at least 15,000 square feet of retail space to run Ellwood Thompson's. At the moment, the DC USA retail complex seems to be the most promising candidate. The 50,000 square foot space left vacant by Whole Foods Market could easily be carved out to accommodate Ellwood Thompson's. Youngman is very enthused about this prospect.
We urge you to continue expressing your support for Ellwood Thompson's by emailing Ryan Youngman ( ). At this point, Youngman doesn't feel he needs any more convincing - he is highly committed to opening a location in Columbia Heights. But, he would still like to hear your opinions and receive any suggestions you may have.
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 September 2007 )|