Walmart Plans to Come to old Curtis Chevrolet Space + 3 Other Spots

by Prince Of Petworth November 18, 2010 at 10:00 am 119 Comments

Photo of ‘Georgia and Missouri Avenue NW Washington DC, 1988’ by flickr user Kinorama More about Mr. Horsley’s photos here.

Thanks to all who’ve written about the huge Walmart news that has come out over the last couple of days. Most have sent this Post article:

“The four stores would be built in D.C. neighborhoods where retail options are relatively scarce: on the site of a former car dealership on Georgia Avenue NW; at New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE; as part of a new mixed-use development on New Jersey Avenue NW; and at East Capitol and 58th streets SE.”

One reader asks – “What exactly does that do to a neighborhood?”

The Post adds:

“Its four D.C. stores will vary from 80,000 to 120,000 square feet, a typical size for the chain. The company is also considering additional stores for the District, including a new pilot format of fewer than 30,000 square feet, according to spokesman Steven Restivo.”

How do you think that will impact these four locations? Do you think these are good locations for a Walmart?

  • Anonomi


  • Greg

    This is absolutely not good news for anybody but Wal-Mart. Probably a good chance they will be stopped, though.

  • Anonymous

    Not normally a fan of Wal-Mart, but we’d be fools to deny that it will bring much needed jobs and choices. So, yay!

    • So, Just Sayin’

      The jobs that are much-needed are good jobs that pay a meaningful family-supporting wage and offer real benefits. Walmart does NOT create much-needed jobs. Instead, Walmart creates crap jobs at the low end of the low end of the labor market.

      It also exploits its market dominance to put downward pressure on prices, which translates into lower-quality or outsourced jobs in the realms of production of goods.

      Walmart sucks.

      Too bad there aren’t any real organizing groups with savvy and the ability to demand that Walmart agree to specific community benefit demands before moving in. Los Angeles and Denver and other cities have those kinds of groups, but we don’t.

      • The Situation

        How many jobs are you creating? Walmart requires unskilled laborers… should unskilled laborers make above average wages? Probably not. Should unskilled laborers be grateful to have any kind of job? Probably. If you want higher wages, get skills…otherwise, you deserve the wage you are paid.

        • Anon

          Even after you get skills, the wage you are paid is most likely a good representation of the market price of your work.

          • The Situation

            Correct, until the maximum wage law is passed. i should have said “you deserve the unfair(really low)wage you are paid”

        • So, Just Sayin’

          And what kind of “situation” does that create for our economy? The largest private employer paying people peanuts?

          In an economy which is 2/3 consumption, we have to have people who can afford to buy shit. We can’t do that in the world of work according to Walmart.

          All the good jobs are being sent overseas. That means we have to do a better job with the jobs that are landlocked. They must be better paying. Or the whole country — including you, ultimately — will suffer.

      • A low wage is better than no wage – of course this is where many immigrants step in.

        As you can see much of this rambling mentions the low pay – that americans don’t think is fair.

        Well step aside and let other take those jobs.

      • Union

        But isn’t Gray beholden to the Unions who got him elected?

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s terrible news. The Curtis Chevrolet location was planned for a large-scale apartment development with ground-floor retail, which would have been much preferable to an awful Wal-Mart.

    • jcm

      What if it’s an apartment building with ground floor retail that is a Walmart? I’m not a fan of Walmart, but it’s lots of jobs, and they claim they’re going to pay above union scale and have full time positions. If that’s true this seems like good news to me, even though I’ll likely never shop there.

  • Anonymous

    wal-mart = race to the bottom.

  • Anonymous

    most cities only get one Walmart, wtf did DC do wrong to deserve four of them? Horrible news.

    • Anonymous

      Where are you from? Maybe if you live in a town of 10,000 you get only one WalMart. I’ve lived in cities of roughly 100,000 with at least 3.

      • Anonymous

        what cities actually have walmarts in them?
        i thought this was a new approach for them.

        • I believe you are right, I heard on NPR this morn that going into a city (i.e., not the suburbs of a city) is a new venture for them.

          And the other guy/gal is also correct. My parents live in Alexandria Va, and there are going to be (one is being built) 2 Wal marts within 5 miles of each other.

  • Anon

    You know what you should do if you dont like Walmart? Dont shop there.

    Walmart complies with all federal, state and local laws. If you dont like the laws, dont blame Walmart, blame the people who wrote, or wont revise, the laws. Why should a company conform to your world view? Why is your opinion about how they should operate superior?

    • fl

      Exactly. Exercise your consumer vote and support businesses you think help the city/neighborhood. It’s not that hard to do.

      The sad reality is that there are a lot of people in DC who can’t afford to shop at the stores that the people who read this blog love, but can afford Wal-Mart. All the evils Wal-Mart may or may not cause worldwide don’t outweigh the fact that they can afford to feed their entire family more when shopping at Wal-Mart than at Harris Teeter, or that they can afford a leash for their dog at Wal-Mart but not at the cute doggie boutique that just opened up down the block in their newly gentrified neighborhood.

      • ugh

        So people can’t afford to pay the bills but all of a sudden they can afford to own a dog and therefore they need a Wal-Mart? lol

        Also, why are you assuming that the people speaking out against Wal-Mart are for the sort of high-end real estate that is forcing people out of neighborhoods? And have you stopped to consider that Wal-Mart itself will have a gentrifying effect on neighborhoods, with its deep pockets and voracious appetite for land?

        And why are you portraying Harris Teeter as the sole alternative to Wal-Mart? Why not Giant? Or Safeway? Or a more localized chain that pays union wages? A little less black and white and a little more grayscale, please.

        And do you actually believe Wal-Mart will pay competitive wages? Do you really think that the result of the Wal-Mart will be a net of 1200 jobs? Because if so, I have some earthquake insurance to sell you!

    • So, Just Sayin’

      Walmart complies with all federal, state and local laws.

      Tell that to the people who have had to sue over things like sex discrimination and wage theft.

      • Anon

        Great, so when they are found to break the law, theyre forced to comply. Just like any other company. Find another boogeyman.

        • So, Just Sayin’

          No, actually, they’re forced to pay — if the screwed worker is lucky — but they’re not necessarily forced to comply.

    • Anon

      Ok, I will blame the people who wrote the laws: which are corporations like Walmart using their huge lobbying money giving actual citizens an ever decreasing voice.

      • Anon

        Im rolling my eyes so hard its hurting.

        • Anonymous

          educate yourself.

          • Anon

            I must be an uneducated mouth breather if I dont buy into the corporate cabal hijacking democracy bs perpetrated by the fixed gear riding set. Right? I wish I blogged more, I’d be smarter.

    • Anonymous

      False, a quick google search can find you the myriad of lawsuits filed against Walmart demonstrating that they don’t follow all federal, state and local laws. They’ve been hit with HUGE judgments against them for violating labor laws, environmental laws and others. Your view is blatantly false. No one has to accept an opinion, but we all can reject your lies.

  • mediocrity coming to a corner near you

    when people are concerned why their favorite local mom-n-pop retailers close in a few years, they can shove their walmart receipts up their a**.

    i wont shop there but i dont see how or why the city will stop them.

  • Anonymous

    That’ll stop gentrification alrighty. And traffic. On the bright side, it will be one less unused building. They probably won’t be taxed for the first few years, so it’s actually a burden on the city for a while. I’d rather see a small/medium sized business go there. We don’t need any more apartments or condos.

    • my captcha is my credit

      “We don’t need any more apartments or condos.”

      This city some of the highest housing costs in the country. Are you saying you’re OK with that? Or do you just not understand economics?

      • Anonymous

        Still a bubble. Look at the foreclosed homes, already existing empty apartment buildings and condos. The supply is there.

        • Tres

          I’d argue that while other areas continue to hold a large shadow inventory, we seem to have cleared the glut. The number of foreclosures on the market has declined precipitously over the last year or two.

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps, but foreclosures are not the majority of available housing stock here. There are swaths of rental properties, abandoned buildings and unsold condos that can still be utilized before more housing is built. Unsold flips are still over-valued. Rent is high in already developed(read “gentrified”)areas that skew the rent average for Brightwood/Petworth. My monthly rent in Palisades was almost two months mortgage and living expenses here in the ‘Worth.

  • LeDroit/Bloomingdale Resident

    I hope this will drop the gentrification debate…

  • my captcha is my credit

    This will surely decimate these neighborhoods, just as Target has done to Columbia Heights.

    • Anon

      Yes, the thriving neighborhood at NY Ave and Bladensburg Road will be destroyed. I hear with the Walmart coming in they might build a ton of gas stations, several lane urban highways, and the Washington Times might even go out of business. Oh wait, all of that already happened to that neighborhood and Walmart hasnt even shown up yet. So I guess once Walmart moves in, a hole will open up in the earth and Hell demons will invade, correct?

      • Tres

        +1. Yes, while we all hate Wal-Mart, adding a store to NY and Blandensburg is a big step up. When’s the last time someone spent a lot of money near there? There’s that one middle of the road nice hotel near there, but I can’t think of any other significant investments.

    • Anonymous

      target is not in the same league as walmart.

      go learn more.

      • peter

        hahaha Coming from the Twin Cities I can tell you that Target is a dick just as Walmart. They’ve pushed mom and pops out of business to open their stores and are not the friendliest corp int he world. They just have good marketing to make you think they are different so it blew all the hipsters and “cool” moms minds when they found out that they were donating to pro business conservative organizations.

        If you actually go to these areas you will see they do not have access to affordable groceries and such and this will be a big help to the community.

        And as said already if you don’t like them then don’t shop there I know I don’t for my own reasons but I have no problem with them opening and doing business if they choose to do so.

        • Matt

          I second that, Target sucks, they just have cooler marketing and branding.

          • Anonymous

            and don’t have sway over international manufacturing, shipping, they haven’t forced companies to leave the usa and move to china.
            but yeah, otherwise the same, but 1/10 the size.

            you people that say it’s the same are not looking at the big picture. its not a store thats opening in dc, its a tentacle of the largest corporation earth has ever known.
            one that embodies all the bad things corporations are know for.
            you can not advocate for more choice, and advocate for walmart. they are mutually exclusive ways of thinking, at least for those of us that care about the big picture.

            but if it gets you cheap plastic, keep your ignorance.

  • The Situation

    Great news, creating jobs and expanding DC’s tax base… for those on assistance, their money will go further. For the complainers… provide an alternative that will create jobs and taxes, and no the government shouldn’t get into the retail sector and attempt to compete with walmart… I know buy local kites from the local kite shop.

    Without Walmart, the great recession would be a depression.

    • TJ

      I think this is good news for these neighborhoods in the short-term – the jobs are crucial, but just as crucial is access to affordable grocery and retail.

      The problem is a long-term one. There is no company worse than Wal-Mart for deterring other businesses, so there is a good chance that besides Wal-Mart and whatever else goes into these developments (I’m not sure if they’re stand-alone stores or part of larger plans) these neighborhoods probably won’t get much else anytime soon. My personal preference would have been for the city to try to work on bringing in some slightly smaller stores and building a retail community in those neighborhoods. The end result would be competition among those stores, more stores and more jobs overall, and prices which would be marginally higher than what the wal-mart will offer.

      The argument against this would be that it is difficult to build those types of retail communities, especially in poorer areas where demand is lower. So this was either the easy solution for the city, or less-cynically, the only option on the table.

      • The Situation

        Walmart is typically an anchor tenant, so your assessment of “no company worse than Wal-Mart for deterring other businesses” doesn’t really exist in the real world. People will go to a shopping center because walmart is there (but probably not because Pier 1 or Walgreen’s), Walmart is a destination for many people.

        Also, Walmart is flush with cash…many “slightly smaller stores” not so much.

        • Anonymous

          “shopping center”?

          good god, this is the city man. not some fucking hellhole of shopping centers.

          • The Situation

            Oh right, “the city man”… how much time do you spend in the proposed areas of each Walmart in the city man? They are the nicest parts of town in the city man, because they don’t have any shopping centers. If shopping centers are built no one (in the city man) will go there and they’ll turn into complete hellholes (in the city man). DCUSA is a shopping center, in a complete f-ing hellhole where lots of people want to shop and live. None of these Walmarts will be DCUSA, but they certainly will provide a convenient shopping location for those nearby, which doesn’t currently exist in their parts of the city, man.

          • Anonymous

            the situation,

            your shopping center mentality is not one i agree with.


    • ugh

      “Without Walmart the great recession would be a depression”

      What utter nonsense. Because of Wal-Mart the great recession is shaping up to be a depression. The store itself offers low wage jobs and, because of its market dominance, destroys jobs upstream because it can make stringent demands on its suppliers like Kraft. Not to mention its reliance on imports from China, which has all but put the final nail in the American worker’s coffin.

      Expanding DC’s tax base my arse. Think of all the jobs it will destroy. Think of the higher wage jobs that could have been created if other grocery chains opened there. And think of the additional assistance that is going to be needed to help Wal-Mart employees who will most likely be unable to make ends meet with the paltry Wal-Mart slave wage.

      As for “the government shouldn’t get into the retail sector”…the DC gov is already getting involved in the food desert issue, which is probably what made Wal-Mart think it could get in on the act before other more desirable chains could throw their names into the ring; Wal-Mart has desperately been trying to get into the city for years, and sees these subsidies as its chance.

      I say give the legislation time (http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/Growing-an-Oasis-in-the-Citys-Food-Deserts-105252583.html ) and someone other than Wal-Mart will be able to provide good food to DC’s poor, whose numbers will merely balloon if the Waltons open up shop in town. Its not too late, Washingtonians! Resist!

  • joker

    blah, blah, blah, Walmart the devil, mom and pop stores, blah, blah.

    Listen folks, I am generally the biggest Walmart hater of them all, but reasonable people can agree that there are certain situations in which they are a good idea. This is certainly one of them.

    DC has an unemployment rate of ~ 10% because we have a huge uneducated, unskilled labor force without jobs. These 1200 jobs are right up their alley and a welcome addition in reducing the unemployment rate among that demographic.

    Then you have the tens of millions per year in collected tax revenue that goes to the DC treasury, also a welcome addition.

    Three of the 4 stores are right on the border of MD, one of them a 5 minute walk from metro which means tons of MD residents will be coming into the District to spend their money. Another win-win for the District.

    Lastly, and probably most important, it will provide a retail anchor, a development cornerstone to those areas of town which have ZERO retail (no moms and pops) as it is. Once these stores are in, other retail, additional jobs and taxable reevnue will follow. Its the nature of the anchor retail beast.

    How anyone could complain where the only thing in these locations now are abandoned lots and burned out buildings that do absolutely nothing for the city or its residents is really beyond me.

    Anyone with better ideas are more than welcome to express them

    • Nikki

      clap clap clap clap, very well put.

    • Anonymous

      I would agree – except for the NJ Ave location. Wish that one weren’t happening…

      • Anon

        Because its closer to you?

        • Anonymous

          thats how i feel.
          i dont want one on nj ave.

      • Tres

        Do you know where on NJ Ave?

    • Mony

      Bravo, also great for a lot of the less-well-off DC residents whose money will now go a lot further.

      • Anonymous

        give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day.

    • Derek


    • 11th

      +1 the news is investment is coming into DC. it’s a good thing.

    • Anonymous

      The jobs created will be few, and they will be shitty. Most Walmart employees have to use public assistance to eat and/or pay rent.

      The jobs will likely go to people who live outside the District, at least a chunk of them.

      There will be no tax dollars to DC. Walmart ALWAYS insists upon exemption from local taxes. DC will get some sales tax, but whatever it makes will be dwarfed by what it gives up.

      Walmart does not attract other businesses. I don’t know where this myth comes from.

      • joker

        It’s amazing the length that people will go to talk directly out their asses.

        How many strawmen can you compile in one post?

        1. The jobs are shitty? Well what kind of jobs do you think the huge population of uneducated, unskilled highschool dropouts of the District should be getting? A steady wage is a steady wage, and Walmart jobs are EXACTLY the kind of jobs DC needs for its enormous population of otherwise unemployable.

        2. Yes, DC has no way of mandating who gets the jobs so many may go to non district residents. Anyone is free to apply.

        3. No tax dollars to DC? Walmart always insists on exemption from local taxes. Bwhahahahahaha… Why don’t you do us all a favor and regale us with your boutiful knowlege and atleast link something.

        Had you bothered to google the plan or pay attention to the negotiations that have been ongoing for a couple years now you would know that DC isn’t giving Walmart anything. Walmart, like any other business will be required to pay property tax and collect and pay sales tax which in itself will provide the District with tens of millions in additional revenue every year.

        • Anonymous

          Not the original commentor, but per point 3: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/10/business/10prop.html

        • Anonymous

          Not the original commentor, but per point 3: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/10/business/10prop.html

          Certainly not all, but Walmart does have the upper hand on many communities. I’m all for jobs coming into the city, and can swallow my dislike of Walmart as a snobby yuppy. But I really hope that they are built with smart growth ideals in mind (particularly the one on GA Ave, which, yes, is close to where I live). While I wish DCUSA could have more local businesses/local chains, at least its parking is underground, is two stories instead of being a sprawling mess, and it has sprung other development nearby.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed! Well put.

      I wish there were more Targets opening instead of Walmarts. One important thing for me to remember is that I am lucky to be able to afford Whole Foods, TJ’s, and Giant, there are others who can benefit from low cost goods.

      I live a mile from the GA Avenue site and while I don’t intend on doing any regular shopping there, I can’t say I’m never going. Mostly, if it comes, I hope the Safeway on Georgia/Piney Branch will actually stock their shelves and enhance their assortment now that they’ll have a competitor.

    • ugh

      Just like Target/Best Buy has helped the mom and pop stores in Columbia Heights? Which, apart from Pete’s and Commonwealth, would be…?

  • Sorry but Mom & Pop stores are w – a – y over rated.

    Name one shining example of this theory, that we all know and love, that compliments it’s neighborhood so much, that the loss of it would be a tragedy of history.


    • Anon

      Good point. Timor’s Bodega, far higher costs than Giant/Safeway. Ace Hardware, higher priced than Lowes and Home Depot. The costs associated with “mom and pop” translate into no benefit except not buying from a chain. I’d rather save the money.

      • Anon

        For an example on why I prefer “mom and pop” stores:

        Try walking into Fragers Hardware in Capitol and ask for a radiator key. They have them, and know what they are.

        Next walk into Home Depot, try to find someone that will listen to you, then explain you need a radiator key. Then explain that radiators are the things that heat up, then explain that its a small device to bleed the air out of them. They will point you to some random isle number so that they don’t have to talk to you anymore, then you will aimlessly hunt for something that they don’t carry.

        • Anon

          Fair enough, go to Fragers for your radiator keys. Go to Home Depot for your 2x4s.

          If customer service mattered a lot to the success of business, home depot wouldnt exist. If customer service mattered none, Fragers wouldnt.

          • 11th


          • Anonymous

            not if you want your 2×4’s to be decent quality pine.

            or, heaven forbid, not cupped, warped, bowed, or split.

            better builders shop at allied, gallagher, smoot or peoples.

    • Anonymous

      suggesting that our choices are limited to only tiny mom and pops shops OR the worlds largest corporation is ignorant and disingenuous.

      • The Situation

        Those are your two choices…what currently exists and what is being proposed. Until another alternative arises those are your choices.

        “Maybe we can get a Wegman’s or a TJ’s” is hopeful and naive… you can be wishful, but it doesn’t make you any less ignorant or disingenuous…

        • Anonymous

          the situation,

          i don’t have to be wishful. we have more options that you are apparently aware of.

          i agree that a wegmans in dc is hopeful. we do have a trader joes.

          so what am i ignorant and disingenuous of exactly?

  • edawg

    Obviously a lot of details are yet to be revealed about this. A big one for me would be about parking. I’d hope these Walmarts would avoid creating gigantic parking lot dead spaces, like over by the Home Depot on Rhode Island Ave.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    CM Bowser responds:

    “Today, Councilmember Bowser responded to news that Walmart intends to locate a retail outlet along an important Ward 4 corridor.

    “I am very interested to learn more from Walmart executives about their interest in Ward 4,” said Bowser. “The intersection at Georgia and Missouri Avenues represents a huge piece of the Georgia Avenue revitalization puzzle. Any redevelopment at this highly visible, dynamic location must be done thoughtfully and with community outreach.”

    A previous plan to build a mixed use —housing and retail—project at the former Curtis Chevrolet site was endorsed by Bowser contingent on concessions to the community and to the site’s significance. But, a sluggish economy and a varied neighborhood reaction slowed progress. With the plan aborted, Bowser consistently urged the property owner to keep all options on the table and to move as quickly as possible to develop the property to its most productive, best use.

    “It’s important that this vacant lot be put to use, sooner rather than later,” she said. “But more importantly, we have to ensure that Ward 4 residents understand and are comfortable with the effect the store will have on their neighborhoods and local businesses; that residents are informed about traffic flow and parking details, and that they are given the opportunity to learn more about the company’s labor practices,” Bowser said. “And most importantly, the company must make clear its commitment to improving the Brightwood community and all of Ward 4. We look forward to starting that conversation with the company, Ward 4 residents, and our local leaders.””

    • 11th

      she sounds pretty darn reasonable here.

    • photodork

      Thanks for posting this PoP. Our house is just over .5 miles from this proposed location, and I am very interested in Wal-Mart’s commitment to improving the community and what that entails.

  • grumpy

    The locations at NY Ave & Blandensburg Rd and East Capitol St make total sense to me because they are underserved areas. I don’t know how I feel about the Georgia Ave and New Jersey Ave locations – with GA Ave in particular, will it help revitalize upper GA Ave? It certainly would not have been my first choice for an anchor retailer for this area, but I doubt that a Wegmans or Trader Joe’s was considering locating there anyway.

    • Anonymous

      theres an east capitol st one too?

    • mphs

      I agree. I think the East Capitol site makes a lot of sense. There aren’t nearly the mom & pop stores in Ward 7 to be displaced, and the community is much more car oriented in general. Plus, the store would draw a lot of Maryland shoppers, and reverse in part the flow of dollars and jobs to the suburbs.

      • Tres


  • AWard

    Is this going to take over the space that Lil Rascals Dog Boarding is in too?

  • Walmart sells kites.

    Just sayin.

  • jt

    wait … i see a Hechinger in that picture. is that place still open? i remember going to those with my dad years ago in north carolina, but it closed a long time ago and has been replaced at least two or three times over. fond memories.

    • Anonymous

      uh, no. hechingers went under a decade ago.

      • Anon

        Maybe almost 2 decades…

        • Anonymous

          not that long. 1999 ish is when they closed.

          • Anon

            Wow you’re right. Its been a long hard slog these 11 years going to HD.

  • Anonymous

    bullshit. one of those “deserts” is the capitol city and dc farmers markets.

    yeah, no food there.

  • Jack5

    The Georgia Ave. redevelopment plan is going exceptionally well, we got a community center, a half way house, a temporary playground, coffee shops that are never open, and now a WalMart! At least we get to keep our “old dirty bastard” Safeway! *sigh*…

    • Wha?!

      We have coffee shops?!

      • Jack5

        Sure! There’s tons of coffee shops up and down GA ave… The problem is, they’re closed 24-7! LOL. Its unbelievable that there’s not even a single 7-11 down the entire strip of GA ave once you pass Silver Spring all the way down to around P street… You’d think even crappy coffee would be available. Whoever is responsible for business outreach in this ward should be named and shamed. I can’t believe 14th street is nicer than Ga Ave now. I mean, the frickin’ Reeves Center [Stab Wound Central] is on 14th for Crissakes! LOL.

        • Tres

          I think there is one. It’s a rare 7-11 gas station. Somewhat sure about this. On southbound Georgia. But I agree, there should be more commuter options for a simple cup of joe.

        • You failed to mention all the used car lots. Perhaps Walmart will sell used cars and we can say bye-bye to all the mom and pop car lots. They won’t be missed.

  • Anonymous

    whats the address of the new jersey avenue one? NJ AND L? Near the new library?

    • Paul

      New Jersey and H.

      • Anonymous


  • ANON

    I live a few blocks from the proposed Walmart on Georgia… and I am thrilled at the prospect of this. While Walmart isn’t the most ideal choice (Whole foods would never come here, since there are 2 within a mile 1/2 north and west, so let it go people)… Apartments aren’t good for the location because its just not realistic for the area (i.e. distance to metro)… and apartments/condos in the area are sitting empty (at least the non-public housing versions)..

    Walmart will bring other businesses to a desolate strip of retail. It might also make Safeway step its game up and offer fresher items because of competition. And, I would be more than happy to see a lot more retail in the area. If you build it they will come… a bustling retail location on Georgia will attract other business to the area (ooh, ooh… maybe even a decent restaurant!)

    The point is this, the original plan for curtis fell through, its DOA. So would we rather continue to let our neighborhood remain a desolate strip of empty buildings or perhaps give it to a large retailer who will actually build a new building, and revitalize the area that everyone (including Muriel!) has seemed to have put on the backburner.

    • Jack5

      We’re talking about WalMart here, they don’t attract other businesses, they turn communities into depressing ghost towns. They distribute cheap sweatshop labor crap, they don’t pay well and attract tons of traffic. now I’m not particularly worried about this, but I’m far from happy about it. The GA Ave corridor is one of the most important arteries through DC and its been neglected for so long. Our local tax dollars go to streets and sidewalks/infrastructure in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and South West DC, The same happens in Southeast. Businesses avoid our area like the plague because it looks like a lower income community, and WalMart isn’t going to help that.

  • IHOP

    I doubt that WalMart really plans on 4 stores. They propose 4 stores, there is a union/public outcry, Walmart and Gray agree upon only 1 or 2 sites and everyone can claim a victory for the people and Walmart gets what it wanted all along–a toehold in DC.

    • Anonymous

      i think that is a really good point. i will be interested to see if your prophecy comes true.

  • The intersection of GA. & MO. Avenues cannot handle the additional traffic a traditional Wal-Mart would bring and the location is not Metro accessible (bus only). That said, the folks @ Wal-Mart know how to make a buck, maybe they will try out a slightly downsized and slightly dressed up store that would be great for GA Ave. If Wal-Mart is to continue expansion (domestically at least) they will eventually have to enter urban centers.
    Bladensburg / NY Ave Northeast seems like an ideal for a location for a traditional Wal-Mart. Re: the other two locations I have no idea. I am surprised they did not target Fort Totten over intersection of GA. & MO.

    • mark

      +1 re:traffic on Georgia Ave. No way this can work.

    • I too was surprised that the Curtis Chevy site was considered over the Fort Totten Square area.

  • andy

    I’d be interested to see if DC is providing any tax incentives for Wal-Mart to open here. Would be very disappointed if they did

  • dubali

    Amen JoeEsq74.
    I just sent an email to Councilwomen Bowers office saying that exact same thing. That intersection is always congested and not very confusing. Putting a Walmart there would make it worse. I suggested the Fort Totten area (Riggs and Missouri) because it was close to metro and that site has infrastructure in place to accommadate a large retailer like Walmart.
    I hope the council will not be “asleep at the wheel” on this one.

    • Anonymous

      The Fort Totten site is in Ward 5

  • I hope all of the people against walmart (myself included) remember not to shop there and that the proponents remember how glad they were to see walmart move in once the ramifications are known. I predict it won’t be pretty.

  • DCWriter

    Yahoo, I love Walmart, and I make a six-figure income. Generally, I drive all the way to Waldorf to hit the Costco and the Walmart out there. Safeway, Giant and Harris Teeter to a lesser extent just doesn’t do it for me. And I can’t stand Target. Too expensive.

    But why all the fuss? When I was fresh out of college, guess what I did as my first job? Selling retail at Dillard’s in SC (a kind of Walmart), and flipping burgers at Hardees. Oh yeah, and I had that side gig at Hallmark. Sigh. Man, it was tough, but I got my first jobs and opportunities. That was 93. It’s 2010, I’ve moved on, moved up and moved out. Give us the opportunity to get quality retail. I never used to buy at Walmart but I gave it a chance, and the same Keebler Elves stuff and Tropicana I’m buying for 4 dollars at Safeway, I’m getting it at Walmart for 2. (Of course with all that gas money I was spending riding out to Waldorf didn’t help. There went my tax dollars to Maryland. ) Now, no gas money. This is the best day in DC. Yahoo. Bring on the Walmart.

  • Rob

    Funny that none of them are opening off of Connecticut or Wisconsin Ave…

    • Anonymous

      why is that funny?
      is it surprising that neiman marcus isn’t on georgia ave?

  • Herb

    Here’s the Walmart DC site


    • Anonymous

      “The size of each store will be between 80,000 and 120,000 square feet, with the first three stores located on:

      801 New Jersey Avenue NW.
      Georgia and Missouri Avenue NW.
      Capitol Heights (East Capitol Street and 58th).”

  • DCWriter

    @Rob, no space and they have enough shopping experiences out there. They don’t need anymore. It’s a vast wasteland for the rest of us. All my tax money goes to MD and VA. Time for it to stay in DC.

  • Lester

    I’m a big critic of Walmart. They planted a Super Walmart in my home county of 12,000 people. It’s the worst thing to happen to that county in a long time. Sure, the labor practices, their involvement in actively lobbying to legislate against US manufacturing, their environmental record and store design. But, it’s unacceptable not to have a basic general merchandise store anywhere on Georgia Ave. And we’ve waited long enough for Safeway to get its act together, and Ellwood Thompson took me to prom and left me there a long time ago. If a fair playing field is set that is comparable to other retailers in DC, I’m happy to see them make a go of it.

    My biggest concern has already been mentioned, traffic will be a nightmare at Missouri & Georgia. That is something with which the city will need to contend. This isn’t Bentonville, and Walmart shouldn’t be allowed to slather a 40 acre parking lot in front of a cheap big box. There will need to be improved mass transit options to the store.

    For city folk unfamiliar with Wallyworld, this isn’t any ordinary outfit. Walmart is a gamechanger in a retail environment. They will change the business landscape radically. But, this just might work. (Also, you better believe their marketing department is reading each and every post on this site, and wouldn’t be surprised if they’re contributing as well).

  • wow

    Wal-Mart’s astroturf PR goons have been posting blog comments like whoah after this news broke!

  • Brian

    If it is any consolation, Reuters reports that Wal-Mart is opening “smaller format stores” in DC. I saw a Wal-Mart Marketplace (or something like that) when I was in Texas a few weeks ago and it looked more like a grocery store than a super-center. No idea what is was like on the inside though.

  • Ward4Resident

    I am not a big fan of Walmart (would much prefer to see a Target here instead), but as a homeowner in Brightwood, this could really give a boost to the lack of development in this area. Brightwood is a great neighborhood for anyone wanting to live in the city with a little bit of a suburban feel. While Brightwood saw extensive development back in 2004-2006, everything came to halt with the crash and the area has gone back to being a somewhat seedy neighborhood in the District.

    The sad thing is that because we don’t have any anchor stores in Brightwood, the city has little vested interest to clean up the streets. There are still plenty of drunks and drug dealers hanging out on every corner in this area and the MPD and Mayor have made little effort to change that.

    However, bringing in a Walmart would likely mean that other businesses would follow and this is only a good thing for Brightwood, as more stores means a larger police presence and more resources to the area. I hope the Walmart does come to this location. They can tear down everything at this corner for all I care (sorry, an old barn is NOT a historic building in my book)


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