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  • VERY excited for this addition to the neighborhood. Hopefully it will draw more businesses up Georgia Ave for those who live in North Petworth/Brightwood.

    • +1, with any luck, the neighborhood’s first Chick-fil-A won’t be far behind 🙂

    • or it’ll draw $$ from locals and not pump hardly any back into the local economy….

      • Yes, it will draw cash from locals, in that they will finally have a place to buy affordable groceries.

        Super excited to never have to go to Piney Branch Safeway again. That place is disgusting, and its prices are an absolute joke. Walmart is going to eat it for lunch, and the people of the neighborhood will finally have an affordable place to buy groceries.

      • I’ve heard this argument before and I must say, I think it’s mis/over-used. How does this pump any less back in than any other business? Wages earned by local employees will be spent on goods and services. Wal-mart pays taxes, and other businesses receive similar tax breaks for building in developing zones.

        For all wal-mart’s faults, I think the number of jobs and increase in foot traffic will encourage nearby small business development and help this area grow at a faster rate than what we currently see. See also: development of 11th street businesses that are helped by foot traffic from DCUSA (which I, as a local business employ, have witnessed firsthand).

      • +1 to kyle-w and Queenedix.

        It’s not like the areas in question are full of delightful small-scale mom-and-pop grocery stores. A lot of D.C. has a glut of 1) vacant storefronts and 2) mini-marts selling junk food, soda, lottery tickets, etc.

        Having a Wal-Mart in D.C. offers some of the same advantages as having a Home Depot in D.C. — if people were going to go to a particular big-box store anyway, at least this way the purchase takes place in D.C. rather than in the suburbs, and the sales tax goes to D.C.

        • Well then, let’s hope it’s run better than the DC Home Depot location. It of the non-existent carts and miserable customer service.

          I have had the following interactions there:
          1) tried to buy a fence. Employees (including MANAGEMENT) tell me that I need to go to a suburban store because no one in DC buys fences and the store will screw up my order. Uh…noted…I drove to MD.

          2) I was in line for the 4th time to check out in a single trip because there were no carts and therefore I could only purchase as many things as I could carry at a time. When I finally found a manager to complain to he explained that they just couldn’t have carts because they get stolen. Uh. Ok then. Don’t have a hardware store in that case.

          I will drive 45 minutes out of my way to avoid that hellhole.

          • Ha! Once the “expert” staffing their flooring department tried to talk me into putting pergo on my open-to-the-weather-on-three-sides front porch. I couldn’t tell if he was purposely trying to give me bad advice or if he was incompetent enough to believe that pergo would work outside.

    • I have no predictions for this place, but I can say that Columbia Heights is a bigger craphole now than it ever was thanks to DC USA.

      • Yes, much better than the burned-out husk of a craphole it was a few years ago. I level it all and invite the junkie back! At least then, you knew where you stood.

  • T

    Design looks ok – nothing special but not horrific. I would’ve liked to have seen some food storefronts at the GA Ave location with sidewalk seating.

  • I like both designs, especially the Brightwood location. However, the Walmart branding (blue) on the side of the Ft. Totten building seems a bit excessive.

  • Are there any other urban Walmarts in other cities to refer to? OR is this a completely new thing for them?

  • Why two stores only 1.5 miles from each other?

  • Those are not bad, but H St is still the best of all I’ve seen so far.

  • Georgia Ave looks terrible. You could pick up that building and put it anywhere in suburbia. Although I am not sure if that is WalMart’s fault or the fault of the neighbors for fighting density on a major retail corridor.

  • Certainly a heck of a lot better than the typical WalMart designs, these look pretty good and at worst are not eyesores. Hopefullyt he Fort Totten building will help accelerate development around that area, which has been inching along far too slowly for such a prime transit location with so much available land. I agree that two of these so close together makes zero sense, one seems more than sufficient …

    • In my opinion, the only reason two of these so close work is that they are wildly different neighborhoods. Despite being 1.5 miles apart, they are very different areas to me, someone who lives within about a mile of each.

      I do think the positioning of these things are pretty genius. If by necessity due to availability of land or strategy on DC’s part (most likely necessity haha) they are all on the way out of DC. Heading north on GA, heading NE on Riggs, Heading East on NY Ave etc, all right before the city lines. Should do a terrific job preventing the leak in spending leaving DC for the suburbs, and should get a ton of Maryland shoppers actually coming into the District to do their shopping.

  • I like the renderings. The designs look MUCH better than the allegedly more blue-state-friendly Costco coming to New York Avenue. It’s about time Walmart embraced a walkable design for urban environments.

  • As ptb22 said – the blue on the Ft. Totten store looks awful.
    While the Georgia looks like the suburbs – the arches at least communicate with the neighborhood – like traditional store fronts.
    One thing I don’t like about these big-boxes is that having a huge retailer at groundlevel cuts off the usual communication with the street. This is why putting them either on the second floor or the basement works better (see DCUSA and Social Safeway). Allowing for street-levlel space for retail services (restaurant, nail salon, barber shop, etc…) would really serve the neighborhood.

    I wonder what percentage of the planned stories will be for food vs cheap crap from China. I’m okay with a Wall-Mart grocery store but stand by the opinion that its more traditional retail activities kills local businesses.

  • I prefer to see the same old establishments than the Walmart vampire. I’ve seen towns were walmart was allowed, are now deserts, prior commercial businesses dead and their old locations vacant rottening, and walmart offering part times to avoid offering any benefit to its work force or “associates” that the way they are called. may be other stores like harrys teeter, target, that pay well and play by the rules not bending them the way Walmart does, and by the way, most of wallmart stuff are cheap Literally. useless crap.

    • -2 (-1 for weak argument and -1 for Wal-Mart Rollback). There is nothing there now. the businesses that are there & local residents would love to have a Wal-Mart nearby.

  • Thumbs up!

  • Allison

    The renderings are missing a ridiculous amount of litter strewn about.

  • They both look good (relative to a suburban Walmart). Personally, I don’t think they’ll kill businesses (you can’t kill what’s not there). I’m just surprised that a corporation with so many questionable employment practices and a penchant for supporting right-wing causes is welcomed into the District when such a hissy fit was thrown over the Chik-fil-A food truck. I guess social concerns are inversely proportional to rising property values.

    • +1million. It’s quite revealing. It looks like a lot of people are completely blind to all the awful things that Walmart has done to this country and will soon do to DC.

    • i’m not sure how you came to your assessment, but the people i know that want walmart in dc are more pleased by the prospect of shopping there than the amount their property may appreciate.
      actually, most are renters.

      • I never thought of it that way. I guess low prices and convenience ARE more important that basic workers’ rights and economic protections. Hypocrisy, thy name is PoPville.

        • you’ve not made it clear where the hypocrisy is. we are not all one. some care. some don’t. its not hypocritical to weigh out your options and have differing opinions as someone else.

          • I thought using “PoPville” made it clear that I was making an observation about a group, not any individual. I’m merely pointing out that Walmart is, generally speaking, so welcomed by the PoP commentariat with a blithe disregard for its shortcomings, while Chik-fil-A causes a shitstorm. Selective outrage, to say the least.

  • @ Georgia Ave Location – All we need is a couple sit down resturants and health club….

  • why do we need six of these corporate giants? I’m not anti-Wal-Mart, but can we just have two or three Wal-Marts and an accessible Sam’s Club?

  • Wal-Mart will be great. Convenience and job creation are a good thing! Design looks fine. Current alternatives are worse. USA!

  • Walmart in a city..talk about a nightmare! There is one in Atlanta near my old college, and it is horrendous, so I can only imagine that the DC ones will be twice as bad. The one out in Hyattsville is disgusting and the employees are useless. You will literally have to pay me to step into these new stores.

  • I am and always will be a loyal Yes! Organic Market customer.

    Wal-Mart treats its workers like poo and frequently gets taxpayers to foot the bill for its private enterprise.

    How many Wal-Mart workers, who work for the world’s largest corporation, will be forced to unnecessarily utilize DC public safety net programs?

    Who cares if they put a little design on a fundamentally unethical corporation. A dollar spent at Yes! will recirculate in DC. A dollar spent at Wal-Mart will go straight to the Walton family in Arkansas. What a waste!


  • It doesn’t look like there are enough foot entrances to break up the block. I also thought that there was supposed to be other ground-level retail, like entrances for doctor’s offices or restaurants…

    Because I remember being surprised that Wal-art was going to let other businesses on their property…but maybe I was thinking about the residential space…

  • Walmart is the bane of American society… no interest in a place that supports crazy right wing nonsense, nor am I interested in buying my insecticide laden produce next to motor oil… no thanks. I used to love the fact that there were no Applebees, Olive Gardens or Walmarts within the city limits of Washington DC…. Le Sigh

  • I will never shop at a store that does this to its employees. Walmart is a scourge and they will never be a good corporate partner to the city. http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/factsheet/

  • It’s Wal-Mart – I don’t expect great design though I do prefer the Ft. Toten one. And I am sure the inside will be just as dreary as every other Wal-Mart I have been in.

    Not like I will be shopping there. I am not a snob but every time I go in one of their store I just get depressed and the bleakness.

  • Do the expect people to want to live above Walmart? Seems like a stretch.

  • Thank goodness!!! My daughter bought a new condo in Maddison. Yay to tearing up that horiible street of rubbish and replacing it with an affordable shop suitable to the area. This is an area where most do not have cars and can be seen lugging huge bags of groceries from god knows where on the bus. As someone already pointed out, not replacing a trendy group of Mom and Pop shops but a potential crime scene.Can only improve the area, one business at a time.

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