Walmart Fort Totten Opening October 28th


Thanks to Aaron for sending word from Walmart:

“Join Us for the Grand Opening Celebration!

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2105
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 A.M.
310 Riggs Road, NE”

27 Comment

  • Good. Maybe all the a-holes driving in from MD to visit the one up the street will stop that side of North Capital instead.

    • brookland_rez

      That’s good. That means DC is collecting tax revenue that would otherwise go to MD.

    • lolz at such a vitriolic post about asshole Marylanders but you can’t even spell North Capitol correctly?

      • Considering I live a block from this store and have witnessed many a Marylander speeding on my block on their way to this store, have witnessed several car accidents, not to mention the Maryland driver who ran in to the parking bollard within the first month of this store being opened, I would say my vitriol is warranted. As far as my spelling goes, if calling me out for one incorrect letter makes you feel like a bigger person, then kudos to you.

  • Are the DC Walmarts paying their employees a living wage?

  • I shouldn’t be as excited about a Walmart opening as I am. I am disappointed that the additional space in that building appears to have been wasted (Subway, Five Guys, a concept restaurant, and an unnamed store). Now I just hope that Art Place doesn’t make the same mistake!

    It has been a while since I’ve been to the other DC Walmart’s. Do they sell alcohol or does anyone know if this location will?

    • I believe they aren’t allowed to sell alcohol…. the one on GA Ave certainly doesn’t.

    • H and 1st NW does sell alcohol

    • the beer and wine at h/1st is unbelievably cheap. not going to go there for a sixer — though in some cases they are literally half the price of giant or a bodega — but it’s a place where you can get very cheap 30s and cases if you’re hosting, say, a sunday football funday.

  • Wish they had made the Georgia ave one with this more urban design.

    • Agreed — it’s too bad the Georgia Avenue one didn’t include a residential component.

      • I think my neighbor’s head would have literally exploded if they had! Honestly though, the traffic on Peabody is ridiculous thanks to that place. I’m not as anti-Walmart as most of my neighbors and friends, and appreciate having something convenient, however, I could really do without the people speeding up and down my block.

      • For some reason, I feel like the strip mall across the street will eventually be redeveloped into condos with ground floor retail. Makes sense. Walmart pretty much sells all the same stuff as the shops on the opposite side of the street minus the barbershop and the liquor store.

    • Speaking of the GA Ave one, does anyone know what’s going on with Oohs and Aahs?

  • Do either of these Walmarts have parking?

    • The one on Georgia has a free undergound parking garage that was basically empty the one time I went. Don’t know what the plan is for the one on this post.

  • As sheer evidence of these commenters here; Washingtonians (and most of MD) just don’t shop. Not in the way that WalMart wanted or expected them to way before any of their stores were built here. Blame it on the economy, the lack of jobs, people being fiscally conservative, those WalMart stores may seem all shiny and busy, however, the sales just are not there by a wide margin -everybody’s already got the stuff, piled high in the garage.

    • Not too surprising. Wal-Mart has a stigma that prevents most high earners from shopping there, and low income earners don’t do much shopping. And DC doesn’t have much in the middle.

    • According to whom?

      • That’s what I’m wondering. I hadn’t heard anything about sales being bad. I almost never shop there because it’s not my kind of store, but I frequently drive by the Georgia Ave and H Street locations, and they seem pretty busy. I’ve been in the Georgia Ave one twice, and both times it seemed as busy as the Wal-Marts I’ve been in in other places. The one time I used the parking garage, it was definitely fairly crowded.

    • Blithe

      I, too, would like to know what you’re basing this on. I haven’t been to either store, but my guess would be that while the stores might not get a lot of people doing destination shopping — as people might with larger suburban stores, they probably get a lot of repeat customers buying things like groceries and household items on a regular basis. No? And, of course, not all of us have garages and cars, so if Walmart is the most convenient, least expensive place to stock up on paper towels and school supplies, I would imagine that there’s a market for that.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I’ve been to the Georgia Avenue one about 5-6 times and it has been an absolute madhouse – it did not appear to me that business was particularly slow.

      • Blithe

        I’ve seen the traffic — both lines of cars and people going into the store. I wondered if retailrita’s point was that the number of customers hasn’t been associated with the sales that the store anticipated per customer? I’ll be interested in seeing if retailrita comes back to support her assertions. I’m also not clear what she means by “Washingtonians don’t shop”. Between home renovation products, accessories for pets, bras and footwear, I’d say that the “evidence of … commenters here” is that we do.

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