- Wal-Mart is coming to D.C. (Photo: Associated Press)
UPDATE 12:00 p.m. The Washington Post's Mike DeBonis has much more on the alleged Walmarts, reporting that the chain is planning to propose four to six "urban-format" grocery-focused stores in a variety of locations in the District. And he said the process is poised to move fast, with Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. asking Walmart to conduct a poll of residents on the plans.
TBD has a poll seeking your opinion on Walmart's plans after the jump.
If Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells's Twitter account is to be believed, Walmart has signaled its intention to open at least one store, if not more, inside the District of Columbia.
"Walmart's coming to DC," Wells tweeted shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
Technically, Ward 7's Yvette Alexander may have been the first to break the news, though she was less specific in her tweet: "Big box retailer coming to Ward 7? Stay tuned!"
The pair then proceeded to offer a few more juicy details in response to questions from followers, including that Wal-Mart has apparently agreed to pay an "average" wage for major D.C. grocery stores (Wells), the Ward 7 big box store won't be at Skyland Town Center (Alexander), there may be more than one store in the works (Wells), and the potential store(s) would conform to a "new urban model" with a smaller footprint than typical Wal-Marts (Wells).
This isn't the first time this year that news of a Wal-Mart coming to D.C. has surfaced. Back in July, the Washington Post reported that the mega-retailer was eying a location on New York Ave. NE in Ward 5.