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Bethesda Community Store Property Up For Sale

by BethesdaNow.com — January 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm 5 Comments

The Bethesda Community Store will be on the auction block on Tuesday, nearly 90 years since it opened at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Greentree Road.

The property has been foreclosed upon and will be up for sale on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The small cabin-like store, recognized as historic by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, has been selling goods since 1924 and is one of the few remaining commercial structures from the early 20th century in Bethesda.

It also includes a barbecue stand and patio. Store owner Arnie Fainman encountered resistance from the county and neighbors in 2001, when he tried to sell seafood at the store through a vendor who was forced to leave the NIH campus across the street because of Sept. 11 security restrictions.

Fainman won a court battle to to double the store’s space. The barbecue is a lunchtime favorite of workers at NIH and nearby Suburban Hospital.

Fainman said he couldn’t comment on the property’s sale because he is a tenant. The property is owned by Chevy Chase-based property management company the Jaffe Group. A representative did not respond to a request for comment.

“It’s out of my hands,” Fainman said.

Flickr photo by voteprime

  • Kathleen

    There is much history there. I started work at my first job on my 14th birthday there. Hope the history maintains regardless of the owner.

    • maureen henry

      say it aint so!! im a neighborhood kid, and we used to walk to “browns” , as the store was called 45 yrs. ago, and get penny candy, RC colas and dill pickels. if its on the nat. hist. registry, hopefully they cannot tear it down and it will stay a true commintiy store

  • Erna Sullivan

    There go the best sandwitches in MD.
    My children rode their bikes there to get candy and treats
    plus great ham sandwitches.

  • http://drghomes.com/ Brittany Bird

    Maybe something great will come of this. I think everyone should keep an open mind because we do not know what is really going on.

  • B

    Same thing as Bruce Variety closing. Everyone complaint that it is closing, but no one really spending money at these places. Also good point by Brittany Bird, more to all of these stories!

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