News of the Day: Four Walmart Stores to DC

by Mark Wellborn

On Tuesday, Councilmembers Tommy Wells and Yvette Alexander made a vague, late night announcement that Walmart would be opening up shop within the DC borders. And that was about all the news that they offered up, which naturally incited speculation in the DC media blogosphere all day Wednesday about where the granddaddy of big box retailers would land and when.

Well, The Washington Post reported late on Wednesday night that Walmart will open four stores in DC neighborhoods in serious need of a retail presence by 2012. The four planned stores will be located at the old Curtis Chevrolet at 5929 Georgia Avenue NW, at the intersection of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE, along New Jersey Avenue NW, and at East Capitol and 58th streets SE, according to The Post.

This past July, it was reported that Walmart was “expected” to sign a lease for space at the intersection of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road near the city’s northeast border with Maryland. The location was where renowned local developer Jim Abdo had planned to develop a massive billion-dollar mixed-use project. Those plans unraveled earlier this year due to lack of financing.

Advice to upstart bloggers out there: If you want to increase your page views, get the scoop on when and where the next grocery superstore is opening up in DC. Readers and the media can’t seem to get enough of it.

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  1. gina said at 3:36 pm on Wednesday November 17, 2010:

    Boo!  Hiss!  <Generalization>Walmart tends to freeze out local businesses, and send working people into poverty </Generalization>

    Now if they opened Walmarts in underserved areas that would be one thing, but if there is still SOME commerce, don’t know if it would be a good thing in the long term.

    Sort of like how the Chinese make goods cheaply and therefore the middle-class in the country seems to be eroding because they can’t compete.

  1. larry said at 3:40 pm on Wednesday November 17, 2010:

    i love walmart and i love the ne but i don’t think NY and bladensburg is a great spot for the urban walmart.

    upper georgia avenue, maybe. eastern capitol hill maybe. maybe somewhere east of the anacostia.

    unfortunately i think the best place to put it is the last place that needs it. closer to chevy chase or west of the park where people live and have cash. no matter how wealthy, we all need paper towels 4 pound bags of eminems.

  1. JT said at 4:29 pm on Wednesday November 17, 2010:

    Um, isn’t there a full-size Wal-mart just across the border on Bladensburg/Annapolis Rd?  Like a 6 minute drive from NY Ave/Bladensburg?

  1. Jesse Kaye - HomeTryst.com said at 6:23 pm on Wednesday November 17, 2010:

    I would bet that there’ll be one just West of Gallaudet in that warehouse district.  Its very suiting for their model. 

    Weren’t there talks a few years ago about Costco in the same area?

  1. mattCampy said at 12:26 am on Thursday November 18, 2010:

    There will be one at H & New Jersey NW I believe.

  1. to Jesse Kaye said at 2:40 am on Thursday November 18, 2010:

    You’re obviously not in the real estate market, are you??

    Florida Market will hold a Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam’s Club, etc.

  1. to Jesse Kaye said at 2:42 am on Thursday November 18, 2010:


  1. Tom A. said at 10:32 am on Thursday November 18, 2010:

    I’m assuming the one at NY and Bladensburhg will be more traditionally car-oriented than the others.

    And there is no really any retail in any of these places!

  1. AP said at 11:37 am on Thursday November 18, 2010:

    I generally support the plan so far and I think it will be a great benefit to DC’s economy and a needed amenity for residents.  But I must say that I’m disappointed that none of the locations are really Metro accessible, except for the New Jersey Avenue location, which is still a good 4-5 blocks from the nearest Metro station.

    Hasn’t Wal-Mart learned anything from the success of Target locating directly on top of a Metro station?  The store is always packed while the underground parking garage is half-empty.  This shows that a huge number of people come to the store via public transit or by walking.  I think Wal-Mart’s missing a huge opportunity here.  I realize not EVERY store can be located directly on top of a Metro station, but I think they could have done a better job with the proposed locations.

  1. jag said at 1:57 pm on Thursday November 18, 2010:

    I agree with AP. I think adding a couple Walmarts is a good thing, but adding the cars to these arteries isn’t smart at all. The last thing the world needs is for GA Ave. travel to get even slower - though I guess Walmart would be an added incentive to complete the GA Ave. streetcar line?

  1. Citi said at 2:19 pm on Thursday November 18, 2010:

    This does give DC residents more options when in need of a discount store, but I’ve refused to go to the nearby Walmart’s in VA for years…they are just plain filthy, and the lines are ridiculous.  No thanks.

  1. Tim said at 12:36 pm on Tuesday November 23, 2010:

    Walmart should not be confused with Target. Walmart is ghetto, always has been, always will be. DC should fight this expansion. Walmart attracts a bad element to the neighborhood, hurts local business and creates new traffic/parking issues. The jobs and services aren’t worth it.

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