Walmart Hoping to Open First DC Stores by “end of this year”

77 H Street, NW

@NACallahan tweets us:

“@PoPville The Walmart at 77H looks damn near close to being finished. Any word on when it’s opening?”

Back in May we learned that they were hoping for a November 1st opening.

Clark Builders website says the projected completion is “February 2014”. But perhaps that is the entire building because Walmart says:

“On Monday (9/23), we will officially open two hiring centers: one for our H street store (@ 900 2nd St. NE) and one for our Georgia Avenue location (@ 7818 Eastern Ave. NW).

Our goal is to have both D.C. stores open by the end of this year.”

77H rendering via Clark Builders

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  • +1 – I hope they’re still as cheap as the Walmart’s in the burbs

    • Why wouldn’t they be? Most big chains have standardized prices across the country.

      • Do they? I feel like stuff is always cheaper out in the boonies.

        • Sometimes they stock the boonnies with stuff that will sell better out there (lower quality stuff, bigger clothing, etc) that might happen to cost less.

      • This isn’t always true, Anonymous. I’m a regular shopper at Walmart. I shop mostly at the Walmart Super Center in Severn, Maryland. Sometimes I shop at the Laurel and Anne Arundel Walmart. I can tell you, the prices are different. I’ve gone to the Walmart in Capital Plaza and their prices are much higher. It seems, the further I shop out in the suburbs at Walmart, the prices are lower. I’m excited about the new Walmart opening on Georgia Avenue, NW in Ward 4. I will be shopping there sometimes, However, I will still shop at the Walmart Super Center in Severn. Maryland.

      • That’s actually not the case. I was in a Walmart in suburban Ohio once and got stuck behind a woman in line who was arguing about their price match guarantee-several people tried to explain to her that they’ll match prices from other stores in the surrounding area, but not from their own stores in different areas.

  • Seriously? It’s going to be a sad day for DC and our local small businesses, just like in every other place a walmart has opened.

    • I hope the small businesses and unique shops can afford to stay open. These places are what make DC cool and a fun place to live, not to mention they pay their employees a decent wage.

    • Sigh. Once again, these Walmarts (with the possible exception of 77H but I don’t think so) are going to previously vastly underserved parts of the city. If you don’t like it, vote with your dollar and don’t shop there. Last I checked, it’s really hard to buy modern electronics and other goods in so-called non-corporate “small businesses” in D.C. proper. It will be very nice not to have to trek to VA or MD and spend my sales tax dollars in the jurisdiction I actually live in and can support.

      • Ditto. Amen. If it’s not walmat in dc, then i’m heading into VA to buy electronics and other home goods.

        • Living in Petworth, we have often had to head into MD to go to Kmart or whatever to pick up random things (halloween decorations etc etc etc) and will be nice to spend those dollars in the District. Much like how happy I am now to spend my bi weekly couple of hundred bucks at the DC Costco, as opposed to the Pentagon City Costco.

        • saf

          Halloween Decorations:

        • Target=same as Walmart, but a lot harder to get to from Brightwood. We just have the nasty Safeway, and I pretty much refuse to go there. They have decided that store is going to be a crappy safeway, and I refuse to support it.

        • saf

          OK. I won’t go to ANY Safeway, because I have had the nasty Petworth Safeway as a neighbor for 20+ years. So I am with you on that.

          Target – slightly more ethical than WalMart.

          Giant – I would go to the one in Takoma Park if I were going from Brightwood.

          Rodman’s – Always worth driving across the park for.

      • Amen to your comment, overonhst. It would be nice to shop at a Walmart in D.C. and near my house, spending tax dollars in the District. I see a lot of D.C. tags in the parking lot at the Laurel Walmart. Sometimes, I see some D.C. tags in the Walmart parking lot in Severn, Maryland. I don’t shop at the small business on Georgia Avenue, NW because they have nothing of interest in their stores and their prices are too high. I agree with the other person, Walmart have a good selection of electronics.

      • Yep. I shop at Target a lot of will still prefer it, but I live much closer to the Wal-Mart coming to H Street. For me personally, Wal-Mart will take (some) of my business from Walgreens, Target, Rite Aid, etc. I will still shop at local stores as much as possible, but I can’t think of local stores that have many of the things I need. I think that’s how it is for a lot of people.

    • I am really keeping my fingers crossed for the corner store selling 40s and expired, overpriced canned food can hang on.


      The real loser from Walmart coming into the city is Amazon. So many things that were previously impossible to find in the city (air purifier?) will now be bought at Walmart (and DC sales taxes paid) as opposed to purchased from some shipping warehouse in Richmond VA.

      • Then buy your electronics at Walmart, but I hope when it comes to food, clothing, home decor, artwork, etc. that you’ll support small business.

        • Agreed. And your local bars and restaurants.

        • I would still buy that stuff from Amazon because it’s so much easier than going to Walmart. Anything I can get locally from small businesses, I do, but if the choice is between buying online or visiting a big box store I’ll always buy online.

        • Meh, I buy what I can from small businesses (big fan of DC Brau and Three Stars) and support local restaurants and bars, but as previously mentioned, what I am looking to buy is simply not available convenient to where I am. There are not places to buy these types of things in Petworth.

        • My philosophy: buy from whoever gets me the best product at the best price. Really don’t care how big or small they are, or where they are based out of. If I’m looking to get a book that probably means Amazon, or a box of cereal means Target. On other hand if I need some nails that probably means the local hardware store and a bite to eat might be at Fast Gourmet or Sweetgreen. Obsessing over where people buy stuff from has got to stop. India has tons of mom and pop shops in the retail sector and the economy suffers from it — best thing that could happen for that country is some big box retailers come in, reduce prices and introduce efficiencies, thus freeing up money for people to purchase more stuff. There are good businesses and bad businesses, but no business is good or bad simply because of its size.

      • I don’t think Amazon shoppers will shift buying behavior like this unless they live across the street from Walmart. I can still get these items delivered to me (for free) and usually pay less than even Walmart charges. It doesn’t get more convenient than that.

      • There is no way this will hurt amazon (in terms of people solely in the District). There are lots of people who will not shop at Walmart on principle, and it is still much easier to order something online and have it delivered to your door in two days than it is to schlep to some god-awful big-box store, park, battle crowds and traffic, etc.

        • Of course its not going to hurt amazon. They will lose some amount of sales from this, but of course it will not be material to a company the size of Amazon.

        • Amazon is building a massive warehouse in Baltimore, presumably to launch same day delivery for many items in our metropolitan region like they already have in Seattle and a few other regions. Presumably, Walmart can position its network of distributions centers, and even retail outlets, similarly. Should be interesting to see how that plays out over time. If you’re a small retail business you have to find a niche that these two behemoths (and Costco) don’t provide because they will find a way to deliver goods more conveniently over time regardless.

      • this is a joke right you think its gonna hurt Amazon?….. Walmart is scared out of there minds, worst buy will be out of business in less than 5 years Barnes and Noble will be out of business in less than 5 years, Walmart will be out of business in less than 20 years. that warehouse they are building out in Baltimore is probably going to have the capability of Amazon fresh, the same day online grocery store, Whole Foods out of business in 10 years. the only and I mean the only retail that will survive is destination retail, but the profit margins will be so thin for those stores that, they will be few and far between.

        • And we will all be telecommutting and only going into the office once a week, riding in the back of our self-driving car too right!

          No, it was not a joke… I said the biggest retailer it would hit would be Amazon, as the purchases at Walmart will peel off some Amazon purchase. This amount is absolutely MINISCULE considering Amazon’s scale, but I mentioned it as it will be the only negative effect. There are no viable small businesses near any of these WalMarts, so the only company taking a hit (no matter how small) will be Amazon, and other online stuff.

  • Shop at Wal-Mart if you like, but are folks serious about not previously being able to find “modern electronics”, “air purifiers”, and “other home goods” in DC?

    Bed, Bath & Beyond
    Home Depot
    Best Buy
    Various Ace Hardwares

    And that’s just the big boxes. So you were joking, right?

    • Radio Shack too.
      But you often don’t know for sure if these places carry the product you need. Or if they do they might not have much of a selection. So trekking out to another neighborhood and dealing with these big boxes stores (a draining experience in my opinion) is not worth the gamble. Especially when you can order online and have access to a huge selection with reviews and can compare prices from various sellers. OTOH if you live close to where a Walmart is being built it might be worth popping in during off-hours when it’s not such a hassle.

      • saf

        “But you often don’t know for sure if these places carry the product you need. Or if they do they might not have much of a selection. ”

        Let your fingers do the walking.

    • saf

      I have always found people who insist they need to go to the burbs to shop astounding. We used to have so many places to shop! Now many are gone, but they have been replaced.

      Rodmans (still here)
      Myer-Emco, and Graffiti. (I believe both are now gone. These are the biggest loss, and IMO have not been adequately replaced)
      Hecht’s (bought by Macy’s)
      Woodies (gone – have to go to Macy’s)
      Sears (gone. no big loss. Where you go depends on what you were looking for.)
      Hechinger (gone – go to a hardware store or Home Depot)
      Woolworth (gone – go to Target)
      A number of hardware stores, some of which remain and have been joined by some new ones.

      I am a bit limited here, as I will not shop at Best Buy, so I didn’t include that in my list of alternates.

      • Big +1 to Rodman’s. Can guarantee they’ve got air purifiers there. Going downstairs at that place is a wonderful trip back in time.

      • What’s wrong with Best Buy in particular?

        • saf

          I just hate the experience – stupid, pushy, sexist staff, lack of what I want to buy, long lines, slow cashiers, poor customer service, and rude, pushy, intrusive bag searches on the way out.

      • Seriously. I have lived in the District for 12 years and I have never had to go to the burbs to do my run of the mill shopping. Sure there are some things that are just better in the burbs (like nurseries for example), but for the most part you can get everything you could possibly need within city limits and fill in the gaps with websites like amazon.

      • Graffiti — within walking distance of Rodman’s , is STILL here. And their customer service is great!

  • Good for Wal-Mart, but I refuse to shop there. They won’t be getting my money. I vote with my dollars.

    • While I certainly agree with you I wonder how much worse they are than the typical big box store? I’m sure the info is out there on the webs somewhere, but I’m too lazy to look. Anyone know where I can find it?

      I hope I never set foot in these stores, but I might some day succumb to the argument that if I’m going to buy something like a laptop or a humidifier I am almost certainly going to buy it from a large company that pays its employees poorly; Walmart will be closer to me, so why not pick them?

      • Wal-Mart has put their billions into softening both perception and reality over the past decade or so. I’m relatively convinced that the anti-Wal-Mart hysterics are mostly based on past behavior. The differences between Wal-Mart and Target at this point are miniscule. Wal-Mart is based in Arkansas and still caters to red state America more than a Target, and I think that explains a lot of the discrimination between big box stores in blue places like DC. Yes, they’ve put small businesses under. But blame Nixon going to China. I’m not paying $4 for a roll of toilet paper at CVS or a bodega when I can go to Wal-Mart and get the brand name stuff for 1/4 of the price.

        • Blame the republicans in congress for refusing to raise the minimum wage. Raise it nationally to an appropriate level, and all of a sudden Walmart is forced to pay reasonable wages.

          • This misses the point terribly. I’m not saying that Wal-Mart is righteous and just. I’m saying that their hourly employees and Target’s hourly employees earn nearly identical wages. Not so for salaried employees, but then you can’t blame that on John Boehner, can you?

          • Agreed that Target and Walmart pay nearly identical poverty wages, but hey, your right, I can’t blame differences in salaried employees on John Boehner, nor does he deserve blame there. With that said, I certainly can blame a $7.25/hour minimum wage 100% on the republicans.

      • I’ll consider going to Wal-Mart when they pay their employees a living wage and give them reliable & consistent work schedules OR allow their workers to unionize. Until that happens, my dollars go to CostCo.
        I’m not further subsidizing one of the biggest Corporate Welfare Queens in the country.

        • Your decision to buy something at Walmart (or not) has nothing to do with whether Walmart’s supposed subsidy grows (or not). If it’s a private, arms length transaction, there is no subsidy.

          But, yes, please feel free to vote with your dollars instead of asking policymakers to provide indirect subsidies to other employers just because they’re unionized or because they happen to have a smaller store footprint.

  • All those jobs, that we’ll be subsidizing. And all the corner businesses that will be put out of business. Small business revenue gets recycled in the area more than big box revenue.

    The real reason they want to be in the city is to muscle in on the phone card, check cashing and cash transfer business. That’s where WM makes their money these days. That’s probably why all of these stores are relatively small.

    • Good god, man! What are we going to do if check cashing stores start folding?! It’ll be a Mad Max type situation.

  • If one looks hard enough on Twitter, there’s a specific target opening date out there. it is in December…

  • Screw Wal-Mart. Beautiful building though.

  • Really dislike WalMart, but this building looks great.

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