Washington, DC – May 13, 2013 – Douglas Development today announced that specialty candy store, IT’SUGAR will join popular soft-serve yogurt shop, ForZenYo and new bar concept Jackpot Tavern in Chinatown, across from the Verizon Center and Gallery Place Metro Station. The candy store will open its first Washington, DC store at 714 7th Street in August 2013. The yogurt shop and new bar concepts will open late summer.

With more than 70 retail locations, IT’SUGAR has become one of the largest and fastest growing specialty candy and gift retailers in the world. The Washington, DC store will offer 1,775 square feet of pure sugary bliss, and for those looking to maximize their sugar rush, FrozenYo will open its new location at 712 7th Street, in a 1,120 square feet part of the former Ruby Tuesday space. Jackpot Tavern, a new concept from the owners of Rocket Bar and Iron House, will open it’s 1,812 square foot space below Lime Fresh at 726 7th Street.

Senior VP of Douglas Development, Norman Jemal expresses his enthusiasm for the new retail tenants coming to Chinatown: “We couldn’t be more excited that IT’SUGAR chose Chinatown to make its DC debut.” Jemal continues, “The city is constantly changing and we are fortunate to be able to provide prime retail space that attracts the type of retailers that transform neighborhoods, such as the new Walgreens flagship store and now, IT’SUGAR.”

Douglas Development continues to revitalize Downtown DC by introducing new retail tenants that appeal to both residents and businesses located in Penn Quarter, Chinatown, and Mount Vernon. Earlier this year, the first Walgreens flagship store in DC opened at 801 7th Street, on the corner of H Street and 7th Street, NW.

Several other new restaurants that have opened or will be opening later this year in Douglas Development-owned Chinatown properties include: Lime Fresh Mexican Grill (726 7th Street), Red Apron Butchery (711 D Street), Taylor Gourmet (624 E Street), Panera Bread (801 7th Street) and new Spy Museum Building restaurants NoPa Kitchen + Bar and Shake Shack.

About Douglas Development:

Douglas Development Corporation is the largest private property owner in the Washington, DC region and offers a fully integrated real estate company featuring a portfolio of commercial office, retail and residential mixed used properties. The company has completed more than 180 successful redevelopment projects and is a leading force in the revitalization of the District of Columbia. Currently, Douglas Development owns and manages more than 8 million square feel of real estate and has more than 4 million square fee of developable property in the pipeline. Founded by Douglas Jemal in 1985, the company has a passion to preserve and redevelop historic buildings including iconic properties like the Woodward & Lothrop flagship building and Chinatown’s historic row across from the Verizon Center. For more information about the company, please visit www.douglasdevelopment.com or follow @douglasdevdc on Twitter and Like Douglas Development Corporation on Facebook.

Founded by Jeff Rubin in 2006, this saccharine experience has become one of the largest and fastest growing specialty candy and gift retailers in the world. The IT’SUGAR Empire consists of over 70 retail locations and 20 shop-in-shops in US hotspots such as New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Scottsdale, San Diego and Palm Beach, in addition to chic international destinations such as London, Dubai, and Grand Cayman. With aggressive growth plans, IT’SUGAR sees a future where all teenagers (and those who want to feel like one) have access to the pure joy that comes from indulging in a movement where life doesn’t have rules – the IT’SUGAR movement.