Wal-Mart announces plans to open two additional stores in Washington, D.C. making a total of six new outlets in the District
Post ID: 23473 | POSTED ON: Nov 16, 2011
– In somewhat of a surprise move, retail giant Wal-Mart announced plans November 16 to build two more stores in Washington. The additional outlets come on top of the already announced four stores Wal-Mart will be building as the company makes its debut in the District.
The two new stores, each of which will be about 120,000 square feet, will be located at Skyland and Fort Totten Square and each will offer a full grocery selection, including fresh produce, a bakery, a delicatessen and organic food items as well as a pharmacy.
The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company says that its six stores will create a combined total of 1,800 retail positions and 600 construction jobs
“In talking with residents over the past year, it’s clear that a majority think Wal-Mart can be part of the solution in Washington, D.C.,” said Henry Jordan, Senior Vice President Walmart U.S. “Skyland and Fort Tutton are two more communities where we think our stores can make a difference. As we move closer to opening our first stores here, we will remain focused on creating economic opportunity and helping to lower the price of groceries for D.C. residents.”
Walmart stores often face intense criticism when trying to expand from their rural and small-town bases into urban areas because of their impact on labor and small businesses. But not in Washington, with most everyone from Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown pushing hard for Wal-Mart’s entry into the city.
Many of the proposed outlets are not the typical big-box format favored in most Walmart stores. In fact, the Fort Totten store will fill the first floor of an apartment development called Fort Totten Square.
The proposed six stores will be located at:
1) Georgia and Missouri Avenues NW
2) New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE
3) 801 New Jersey Ave. NW
4) East Capitol and 58th
5) Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue
6) Alabama Avenue and Good Hope Road
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