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Walmart coming to D.C., says Tommy Wells

November 17, 2010 - 12:14 PM
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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.

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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.

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    Dennis Factman

    Nov 17, 2010 - 09:37:39 AM

    Wal-Mart execs came to DC a few years ago to look at a site around Brentwood Road. At a press conference at the site, DC officials touted the greatness of the prospect but made the mistake of bringing a group of area residents to show the execs a sample of the large labor pool available to them. The Wal-Mart folks cut their visit short and went straight back to their waiting jet at National and home to Benton.

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    Matthew Swanson

    Nov 26, 2010 - 10:10:58 AM

    I welcome some additional grocery and retail to DC; especially in the SE and NE where grocery stores are scarce! I have only a few "requirements" to my support for Wal-Mart (and the job creation they will offer): 1) *NO* surface parking lots, I don't want to see any ocean of concrete in front of these stores! 2) No sprawling window-less store fronts, make it mixed use or multi-level with some kind of urban appeal. 3) Think walkable and neighborhood-friendly, so while it's nice to have a store on the fringes for those who live there and can drive--try to plan the stores near Metro or popular bus routes / walking routes so that people without cars can benefit from them! If those three things are adhered to - I welcome Wal-Mart, their jobs, the competition for Target, and the tax dollars!

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    Patrick Beatman

    Nov 17, 2010 - 04:20:23 PM

    I remember when the target opened it was a great day. The piece was packed.

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