Walmart to Build Two More DC Stores

by UrbanTurf Staff

Rendering of Fort Totten Walmart. Courtesy of Walmart.

Late Tuesday, word came from The Washington Post that Walmart will build two more stores in DC, in addition to the four that were announced almost a year ago to the day.

The Post reported that Walmart and Mayor Vince Gray will announce plans on Wednesday to build stores at Skyland Town Center in Ward 7 and at Fort Totten Square. On November 17, 2010, it was announced that Walmart had plans in the works for stores in Brightwood, the intersection of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE, East Capitol and 58th Streets SE and 801 New Jersey Avenue NW.

Fort Totten Square, developed by The JBG Companies, will include 350 apartments located above a 120,000 square foot Walmart store. There will be approximately 450 retail parking spaces and 325 residential parking spaces.

For more on UrbanTurf’s coverage of Walmart coming to DC, check out the stories below.

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  1. Anon said at 10:14 pm on Tuesday November 15, 2011:

    How can DC possibly need SIX Walmarts?

  1. jag said at 11:19 pm on Tuesday November 15, 2011:

    Plus another 2 slated for southern MoCo. Crazy.

  1. revitalizer said at 9:02 am on Wednesday November 16, 2011:

    Let’s look at it from another perspective.  DC is still significantly under-retailed as compared to its surrounding jurisdictions and below the national average as well.

    DC has about 9 square feet of retail per capita which is far lower than the national average of around 23 square feet of retail per capita.

    DC could literally add millions more square feet of retail and still only get to “average” retail depth.

    Don’t think that retailers don’t know this. They do even with DC staying well below the national average for years now.  Well, Walmart is acting in a big way to that little fact.  So, while six Walmarts sounds like a lot for a city of 600,000, DC would still be below the national average for retail after they are built!

  1. K. said at 10:11 am on Wednesday November 16, 2011:

    I like the look from the other side!

  1. KT said at 4:47 pm on Wednesday November 16, 2011:

    C’mon, at 61.4 square miles, how many Walmarts does DC really need? Might as well take a steam roller and have all the prideful store owners and their unique shops and boutiques stand in front so they can get run over by corporations and retail giants!

    Granted, DC may be below the national average, but people don’t move here to shop at Walmart or eat at Applebees.  They come here for culture, diversity, neat places to shop at…this is what this City, we as natives, are prideful of.  This is what it’s all about!

    Walmart is just the beginning…we all know once they show up so do all the chain restaurants and monopolies that eliminate any sort of competition or chance for small business owners and entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams. 

    Good job Walmart!  Pat yourself on the back.  Steam roll your way through all the cities, towns, countrysides and natural landscapes that you have left untouched (for now). Soon enough the “pursuit of happiness” will have an LLC behind it. We common folk, us Americans, we thank you!

  1. JohnDC said at 7:16 pm on Wednesday November 16, 2011:

      Have you seen where they’re planning on building? It’s not like its in dupont or georgetown. Its up New York ave where its abandoned warehouses or Georgia Ave where they need any services.
      I get annoyed by people who rather a neighborhood remain a drug & crime ridden wasteland than to sell out to some chain. I’m guessing you live in Dupont or a place with plenty of services.

  1. Keith Harding said at 9:43 am on Thursday November 17, 2011:

    The number of WalMarts should be decided by WalMart management. If they provide products and services demanded by the population near store locations a store should be supported. This company brings jobs and much needed, extremely well priced goods to areas of Washington which do not have the shopping alternatives that the writer of this article obviously takes for granted.  I doubt that she has ever spent any time near any of the store locations

  1. KT said at 10:26 am on Friday November 18, 2011:

    Actually, I don’t live in DuPont. I wish. I’m a native though and have seen many of these “drug and crime ridden” areas you refer to turn into thriving, highly desired neighborhoods. Chinatown and the Nat’s stadium area are two prime examples. Not long ago, you couldn’t walk or drive through these areas without fear of something happening to you. Now, it’s like night and day and they didn’t need a Walmart to do it.

    Bottom line, Walmart is for the burbs. I’d even welcome it to DC, but there’s no need at all for SIX to be within such a small radius. If people wanted easy access to six Walmarts, they would have moved to the burbs; not the city, which has never conveyed at all that they offer services and products by retail giants. Never did this city give that impression.

    Yes, Walmart provides jobs and extremely well priced goods obviously, but it’s at the expense of their employees.  Their pay, their benefits, the way they are treated…if you actually take time to talk to some of these employees like I have, this rosy picture you have in your mind about Walmart would quickly change.

  1. Richard Cameron said at 10:30 am on Tuesday July 30, 2013:

    I am a Walmart employee, It is my opinion you must have talked to an new employee, one that hasn’t put any effort or time in to have earned any good feelings about their employment. I see them and talk to them and I feel it is unfair to use them as a reference as to the quality of their employment. The type I here complain don’t want to work and are lazy. I have personally seen back of the store entry level employees go from that position to store manager. Try asking one of the successful employees that show up for work on time and have benefited from following the program. No. I am not a manager just an employee.

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