Please welcome Cassie as a new contributor to the Triangle blog. She lives in the Meridian at 5th & Mass and will be writing under the handle MagnifyingMass.
Six Walmart stores are scheduled to open in D.C. in the next few years, and as announced in late 2010, one will be just steps away from our hood. Late last month DC Mud reported that JBG will break ground this spring for the construction of the project on the corner of New Jersey Ave and H St NW. The mixed use complex will house an 80,000 sq. foot Wal-Mart store with 300 apartments above. (editor’s note: I believe DCMud has it wrong and it is actually one block east at 1st & H)
The openings of these proposed stores are with much controversy.
@OccupyWalmartDC tweets: “Walmart intends to open six big box stores in a 68-square mile city. RT if you think that’s too many. #occupydc.”
The user then tweets again: “The city government is complicit in inviting Walmart to exploit DC. Many would shop there, unwittingly undermining their own communities.”
The latter is probably true. Many will shop there. The store will be convenient, cheap, and most likely open at odd hours when other small businesses are closed.
While the openings of Walmarts anywhere usually causes uproar among residents, activists, and small business owners, the reaction in D.C. has been especially strong. Because of this, Walmart has launched a website pointing out the advantages of the stores.
One that particularly stands out to me is the idea that residents will now have easier access to fresh produce at a reasonable price. Many families across the district are forced to eat fast-food because of monetary and convenience factors. Walmart will offer healthier options.
The store openings will also bring in jobs and an estimated $10 million in new tax revenue.
All six of the new stores will offer customers a full grocery selection, as well as a full service pharmacy and a wide variety of general merchandise. The size of each store will be between 80,000 and 120,000 square feet. Here’s where you’ll be able to find them:
Ward 4: Georgia and Missouri Ave. NW
Ward 4: Riggs Rd. NE and South Dakota Ave. NE
Ward 5: New York Ave. and Bladensburg Rd. NE
Ward 6: 801 New Jersey Ave. NW
Ward 7: Capitol Heights (East Capitol St. and 58th)
Ward 7: Good Hope Rd. and Alabama Ave. SE
What do you think about the new Walmart stores? Let us know in the comments section, or tweet me @candycass23