A cigar and vape business is headed for 2104 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray, but its ownership is clouded in mystery.
A new sign reading Del Ray Cigars & Vapes has been erected out front, and on the second floor of the 1902-era home reads the banner, “Coming soon.” The front windows have been boarded up, and a peek through the front glass door revealed that the interior has been completely gutted.
“It’s very surprising for someone to start business on The Avenue and for people to be asking, ‘What’s going on?'” said Del Ray resident Gayle Reuter.
Reuter continued, “As someone whose mother died from lung cancer after years of smoking, I am personally disappointed to see that a Cigar and Vape Store is opening up in Del Ray. While I am sure they meet whatever city permits are required, I’m sorry to see this prime retail location not used for what I feel would be a purpose more beneficial to the community.”
No ownership or contact information has been posted on the property, and there are no social media accounts or a website set up for the new business. A search of property records with the city shows that Ibrahim Gheyaszada of Ashburn bought the property in May, and no calls to his listed numbers have been returned.
The building was most recently home to the Counseling & Empowerment Center, which is now treating clients in an online-only format.
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