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Walmart Only Opening 1 out 6 Planned Stores in DC in 2013

by Prince Of Petworth April 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm 26 Comments

Washington Post reports:

The first Wal-Mart to open in D.C. will likely be at the corner at Georgia and Missouri avenues in Northwest, where the retailer and developer Foulger-Pratt demolished a former Chevrolet dealership and plan to build a stand-alone store that should open by the end of 2013. They expect to break ground this spring.

No other Wal-Mart site has been issued building permits, according to the company. Developer JBG Rosenfeld has applied for building permits to begin a mixed-use apartment-retail complex at 801 New Jersey Ave. NW, where a ground floor Wal-Mart could open in early 2014.

We recently judged the Georgia Ave rendering here.

It looked like progress was being made at the New Jersey Ave, NW location… Do you guys think that hole in the ground is for a different project?


Planned Georgia Ave location in Brightwood. Demolished Curtis Chevrolet

    • AngryParakeet

      Hmmmm. I’ve only been politely asked what I was doing, and I even had walked into the police parking lot to get right next to the Landmark tower. Can’t imagine such an encounter. (Landmark is the manufacturer, there are 6 in the country.) The best vantage point for photographing it is from the little fort park one block over.

  • AngryParakeet

    Waaa…it is going to block the view of the beautiful faux Eiffel Tower, iconic feature of Brightwood!

  • Tony Goodman, ANC 6C04

    The hole in the ground on H NW is for the future Walmart, but technically they only have the excavation (“sheeting & shoring”) permits for now. Technically the actual construction of walls, columns, floors, etc. will be in a separate (“building”) permit, which they don’t have yet.

    It’s still on track, however. The Walmart will be on the 2nd floor & the ground floor will have smaller retailers, plus about half of the parking (below grade, because the site slopes up from here).

    The Walmart project will also include restoring First Street NW to the grid, and several hundred apartments above. The second phase will be an office building between First & New Jersey.

    • Annon

      Thanks Tony.

  • anon

    Don’t worry. the clerk at the old navy in rockville told me they are planning on building one on Rockville Pike. So soon everybody will be able to git thar Wal-Mart on y’all! (oh wait, maybe worry).

  • Bob

    The intersection of Georgia and Missouri is already a mess, this Walmart is going to make it a nightmare.

    • Rhody

      Couldn’t agree more. That intersection can be a pain in neck, not to mention dangerous. Nightmarish to think what plopping a Walmart on the corner will do to traffic and surrounding businesses.

  • Anonymous

    “Walmart’s products push our entire culture toward cheap, throwaway production. Their stores undermine other businesses and increase driving and oil dependence. Worse still, Walmart spends big money on anti-environment political causes.”

    walmartwatch.org

    I don’t really care where you stand on giving lower-income people jobs in this city, the fact of the matter is, on a grander scale, Walmart isn’t good for anyone. Maybe if consumers don’t shop there they’ll scale back their plans for the complete DC takeover. Please, think about where you shop.

    • Anonymous

      Sadly, with every past Walmart post on here as evidence, people around here don’t care. They want their cheap flat screen TVs and cases of macaroni and cheese. Who cares about the long-term effects on the American economy.

      • No people do care. However, in this case, the alternative is nothing. Being stuck with the current Safeway, dry cleaners, liquor stores and bodegas.

        Once the Walmart comes, people in my neighborhood will have access to affordable food, and people will take these jobs. Get off your high horse. If you just keep spouting off about how they are too low paid, you just sound ignorant to the reality of the area.

        • and the money will get spent in DC, keeping the tax dollars here, instead of spending them at the Walmart in PG county.

          As far as your reference to cheap flat screens, better to buy them in DC, pay sales tax, and keep a guys job in the electronics department, than to order it on Amazon, which is another corporate Behemoth, where then we are ordering the same thing from China, and they treat their warehouse workers just as poorly, but then it is a worker at a warehouse somewhere in the suburbs, again, not in DC, and not paying taxes.

      • Yeah. It makes me more than slightly uneasy that 6 Walmarts are planned for the District. This , “If not Walmart, then nothing” mantra from its backers misses the point that other businesses could fill the void as development occurs, but they want their discounts now!

        • Anonymous

          Exactly. And the pro-Walmart comments above just serve to prove my point.

  • Karan

    Yes, it will create 100’s of jobs. And these new low income employees will want to live close to their job, in our neighborhood. I hate to sound elitist; but is this really going to be better for us? I feel like this is only going to drag down property values in our hood.

    • Anonymous

      Not only do you sound elitist, you sound a little jerkish as well.. who’s “hood” was it before you moved in?

      • Karan

        I don’t see your point. I live here now. I’ve invested a lot of money in my new home and naturally I want real estate values in my neighborhood to go up not shoot down because of the type of clientele a Walmart would attract. Who lived here before is irrelevant.

        • classic_six

          I’m not saying you’re right or wrong. My question is who do you think shops at Walmart?

      • I own a house and make more money than average for the area. I will shop at Walmart just like I shop at Aldi because even though I make plenty of money, my money is not unlimited so if I save money on toothpaste and whatnot, that is more that I can spend on things that really matter to me.

    • Anonymous

      Went to brightwood with that thought in mind this weekend. Some cheap housing there, buy it and rent it out to workers.

    • Adam

      so you’re mad at the world because low paying Walmart employees can afford your neighborhood??

  • classic_six

    Six!? Walmarts in DC. Where? One in almost every ward? I thought it could make sense for maybe 1 (quasi-regional option) but 6? I don’t know but it sounds insane.

  • Anon

    Could it be that the NJ Ave site is listed under the developers name where WalMart will be a tenant?

  • Walmart Advocate

    ITS VERY OBVIOUS THAT WALMART HATERS HAVE NOT DONE THEIR HOMEWORK. NEW YORK HAS CLOSE TO 30-50 WALMARTS AND WHAT MAKES PEOPLE THINK THAT WALMART DON’T HAVE MONIES TO COME TO WASHINGTON DC. WALMART HAS BEEN AROUND IN ARKANSAS SINCE 1982. IF YOU HAVE MONIES YOU CAN BUILD WHEREVER YOU CHOOSE TOO. GET A LIFE AND GET OVER IT..WALMART WILL A FUTURE. THERE’S TOO MANY WALMARTS FOR ANYONE TO TRY TO STOP WHERE THEY WANT TO BUILD. FACT NOT AN OPINION. WELCOME YOUR WALMART STORE. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT THEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO SHOP THERE. BUT TRUST AND BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL GET PLENTY OF BUSINESS ESPECIALLY BEING ON THE 70 79 BUS LINE. WELCOME WALMART.. :-)

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