Minuteman Press To Relocate as Marriott Project Looms

Printing store will move to another downtown Bethesda location


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The Blackwell Building on Wisconsin Ave.

Joe Zimmermann

With its downtown Bethesda building set to be demolished for the planned construction of Marriott International's new headquarters, Minuteman Press is planning a move.

The Bethesda store will relocate from its 7758 Wisconsin Ave. location to a new spot a few blocks away at 8218 Wisconsin Ave. It will open in that temporary location May 25 before moving into a new permanent space on the same block in August.

“All I know is this building is going to be demolished, and I don’t want to be here when it does,” Jerry Miller, owner of the Bethesda store, said. He said he would have liked to stay in the space longer, but is happy to still be in Bethesda. 

Minuteman Press is a chain with dozens of locations internationally, offering printing, copying and mailing services. The Bethesda store has been open on Wisconsin Avenue for 10 years, Miller said.

The Blackwell Building, which houses Minuteman Press and other businesses, is expected to be torn down to make way for the future site of the Marriott headquarters on that block. Pending county approval, the hotel giant looks to relocate from its Fernwood Road site by the time its lease expires in 2022. 

Foot Solutions, which sold shoes and offered custom work on footwear, cleared out of the building earlier this month.

“We will miss you,” a sign on the store read. “After 14 years in Bethesda we have lost our lease.”

Foot Solutions has another location in Annapolis and is looking for a space to relocate in Bethesda.

Joseph Pontes, whose tailoring business has been in the building for decades, said he is supposed to move out around the end of this month unless he gets an extension. He is still looking for a new location in Bethesda.

Marriott has approached the Tastee Diner, adjacent to the Blackwell Building, about buying its property as well. Gene Wilkes, the diner’s owner, said a representative had asked in April for his decision about selling in early May, but no agreement has been reached.

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