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Will you shop at D.C.'s first Wal-Mart?

Discount retailer Wal-Mart has announced that it will open four stores in the District and hire 1,200 people in the city by 2012.

By Ryan Kellett  |  November 17, 2010; 6:36 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I might shop at the Georgia Ave location (the old Curtis Chevrolet), but only if there's sufficient free parking. Otherwise, I'll continue to drive to the Target stores in Montgomery County.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | November 17, 2010 7:38 PM

Only if they turn on the A/C during the summer. Some Walmarts don't.

Posted by: 1911a1 | November 17, 2010 7:56 PM

The 49% who said they won't are liars...of course you will. If you aren't lying, then you're stupid...which is worse?

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | November 17, 2010 8:12 PM

It's about time that Wal-Mart came to DC. We need the jobs, groceries, discounts, tax revenue, etc. This is a home run for DC. I hope my fellow DC residents rally around this announcement! I, for one, am signing up as a supporter on

Posted by: washposthead | November 17, 2010 8:22 PM

Anyone that shops at Wal-Mart hates America and loves Chinese communism. Patronize your local small businesses and buy American!

Posted by: kulwicki7 | November 17, 2010 8:26 PM

I buy American made products and support American business and our country. Wal-Mart supports communist China and disregards the security of our country. Where is the re-investment of all the dollars earned by Wal-Mart? Not here! There is no Wal-Mart American technology research center, nothing for American education institutions, not one worth while contribution by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart sucks the life out of Americans. Ask yourself, " could I afford to work at Wal-Mart and send my children to college?". Wal Mart destroys American jobs and our hopes and aspirations for a better future. Driving prices into the basement doesn't mean prosperity. It means continuing poverty. Shop at Wal-Mart! Not even if I was starving!

Posted by: ionoff2223 | November 17, 2010 8:43 PM

Right on IONOFF2223. Some people at the Post kept removing similar postings over at the article related to this poll. It is sickening.

Posted by: johng1 | November 17, 2010 9:01 PM

Does Wal-Mart accept food stamps?

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | November 17, 2010 9:12 PM

I will never buy anything from Walmart again, after deciding to stop shopping there 8 years ago. The only reason you can find good prices there is because so many of the items are made by exploited workers. And Walmart exploits its own workers. Local merchants are run out of business by Walmarts cheap -- and shoddy -- products. The low wages that employees earn do not stay in the community - they go back to Walmart's coffers. I've told my children, and we live this way: We will pay more at other stores and make do with fewer things -- and we do -- rather than shop at Walmart.

Posted by: dcobserver18 | November 17, 2010 11:01 PM

I will never shop at Walmart again, after stopping almost ten years ago. I've told my kids that we will do with fewer things -- and we do -- rather than shop at Walmart.

Posted by: dcobserver18 | November 17, 2010 11:03 PM

I said no...but then I don't live in D.C. The poll question didn't ask WHY...

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | November 18, 2010 1:39 AM

It should cut down on traffic to the suburbs.

Posted by: georgegarrett | November 18, 2010 2:08 AM

These comments are crazy.

She won't shop at Walmart because they support Communist China.

George W Bush borrowed several trillion dollars to fund two wars and provide tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans including the Walton family!

15 Million Americans are out of work and Wal-Mart is one of the largest employers. All patriotic Americans should support Walmart and their employees.

Walmart doesn't' pay a decent wage. Well name one company that does!

When the Republicans do away with the minimum wage, food stamps and unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, you do-gooders might all change your tune.

There are thousands of workers at Walmart that only dream of sending their children to college, they weren't born into wealthy families of privilege, and unfortunately many lost good paying jobs during the Bush years.

You hate those who don't work and you hate anyone that works at Walmart.

You bagger and fancy folks hate America and have destroyed this country by your lack of understanding and compassion.

Please stay away from the French and Italian bread by Kroger and Publix.

Posted by: joemcnamara1 | November 18, 2010 3:24 AM

Joemcnamara1: If you really want to put Americans to work, you should buy American made goods. Then there would be more manufacturing and textile jobs in addition to the sales-associated jobs you mention here. Instead, we want everything cheap, so we buy stuff made in China, and whole swaths of the American job market completely disappear. The jobs that we lost in the Bush years? Some of 'em were shipped to China.

Posted by: va2009 | November 18, 2010 4:42 AM

Yes i will be there!

Posted by: shamken | November 18, 2010 6:57 AM

This survey is going to be off because you have many readers who live in the burbs (where there are tons of KMarts) and will have not reason to shop in DC. On the other side... I am glad for DC that it is KMart and not Walmart!!!!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | November 18, 2010 7:49 AM

I'll be there...WalMart may sell goods made in China, but have you checked the labels of products in other stores....I bet most of them were not make in the US. So before you bash WalMart check your own closet and cabinets and drawers to see where your itmes were made.

And if Republicans end up being in control again, we will all be shopping at WalMart whether we want to or not!!

Posted by: rosemusic1700 | November 18, 2010 8:33 AM

Depending upon the location...I hope Walmart is prepared to hire MPD to secure the location...As a former employee of Walmart, those asset protection folks dont stand a chance.

Posted by: mslovejoye68 | November 18, 2010 8:59 AM

Does this mean our politicians will buy Wal-Mart suits? Wouldn't that be a hoot!

All this buy American--where? America makes junk cars that cost you every penny to keep it running. Besides there are Japanese companies in this country employing Americans.

Wal-mart was caught changing labels and selling goods from out of the country. Do you think one can trust business? Americans business are far too greedy to be trusted.Plus they have been sued by employees for not paying overtime wages.

Its like saying did the car companies need bailout? Did this government tell the people the overseas American car companies and in South America have or that parts are made in Mexico. Why didn't those other countries bail them out--their people are working in them.

This is your republicans at work folks!

Posted by: mac7 | November 18, 2010 9:19 AM

4 (F-O-U-R) locations? I'm surprised they're considering that many in DC. This is a very liberal town. They should test one location and see how well that works.

Posted by: forgetthis | November 18, 2010 9:34 AM

You should only vote on this poll if you live in D.C. Not Maryland or Virginia because you don't count.

Posted by: bobby31 | November 18, 2010 9:50 AM

Wal-Mart coming to DC is a good thing, it will create jobs and tax revenue for the district. If you took time to read the article you will see that Wal-Mart will be offering competive wages with other grocers in the area (union wages). Not everything sold at Wal-Mart is made overseas, the same household items and food items that you buy at your local Target, K-mart or grocer are made at the same place. Truthfully the prices that you get at Wal-Mart for certain items can't be beat anywhere else. They have worked hard to chang thier image, I think people should give them a chance. They haven't even broken ground yet.

Posted by: DCMDVAREDEV | November 18, 2010 10:04 AM

We will never shop there in spite of the fact that the stores will be located close to us. Why? Unpleasant stores and push to have the lowest cost to themselves at the expense of suppliers and employees. I can't contribute to that. I will continue to support local businesses as much as possible.

Posted by: Winterfan | November 18, 2010 10:43 AM

I would not shop there. As a personal rule - I refuse to spend money in DC that I don't have to becuase of their absurd parking fees and fines and poorly maintained signs.

Shopping at WalMart is bad enough in the suburbs, why would I trave to the city to have what would likely be an even worse experience at a higher tax rate?

Posted by: asdf9876 | November 18, 2010 11:25 AM

NOPE, not me as I refuse to shop Wal-Mart
anywhere in the USA since Barack Hussein Obama keeps borrowing money from Communist
China and Wal-Mart is full of too many Made
In China products,forget it! I agree time
to Buy American Not China! Since every buck
spent in a Wal-Mart is a buck that will only end up in Communist China hands in the
end so why not simply rebuild American Industry instead and defund Barack Hussein
and Michelle Obama's 10 Day Two Billion
US Tax Dollar Luxury Vacations as well.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | November 18, 2010 11:34 AM

I will never shop at Walmart even if they do build one within a mile of my house like they are proposing. Bringing in these junk shops is like redlining the neighborhoods into permanent ghettos.
Why don't they build their first one over at Van Ness Metro so they can be really close to all their buddies at the Chinese embassy. Walmart is part of the Chinese plot to destroy the US.

Posted by: blankspace | November 18, 2010 11:35 AM

Wal-Mart is a bully business that crushes unions as soon as workers express interest in forming a union. Wal-Mart used to have butchers working in its stores. But when the butchers voted to unionize, Wal-Mart simply got rid of its meat department.
If you have a conscience,
They have crushed workers down and would probably crush everyone else too.

Posted by: lisam4441 | November 18, 2010 2:03 PM

I live in DC and love shopping at Walmart in the suburbs. I can't wait to have the selection and convenience close to home. The jobs don't pay much but they don't require much skill. Higher wage jobs require higher education. What a great job for teenagers and young adult students. And I don't see much good from manipulative unions.

Posted by: isabellaharris | November 18, 2010 3:14 PM

An Accountant’s ViewPOINT

Blankspace revealed and said it all;
“…build the Wal-Mart in the Van Ness Area of N.W.

Why in low income areas of this city?

Are Harris Teeter and Fresh Foods and CVS Stores enough?

Do you have the patience to deal with teenagers or young adults at the cash register?

Is this the best we can do for OUR teenagers or young adults…low in, low salary jobs?

A $10.00 an hour job cannot keep you in this city. And Wal-Mart stores cannot and will not employ 1200 employees. The several Safeway Mega stores in this city do not employ close to 1,200 employees.

The 1,200 number is a lie.

STAFFING at the Wal-Mart
2 at the meat dept., 2 at the produce dept. 3 at the deli; 2 at customer service; 1 at the Diary;
1 manager; maybe 10 cashiers…and possibly 10 floor employees xTimes FOUR STORES x TIMES 2 SHIFTS.

Do the math…where; oh where are those 1,200 city employees???

Trusting Citizens…D.C. Elected Officials got you into another MESS. How much did this COST THE D.C. TAXPAYERS…to foot the tax abatement that Wal-Mart will not have to PAY?

Calvin H. Gurley

Posted by: CalvinGurley | November 19, 2010 10:56 AM

An Auditor’s Viewpoint

A mere TRICK…Wal-Mart and your elected officials are selling you.

1. Wal-Mart FOUR stores will produce - ANNUALLY $10 million in revenue for the City. This $10 million is PEANUTS…AND not worth Wal-Mart being in the city.

This mean that each store will only produce $2.5 million in revenue…and the rest of their sales are free from D.C. tax! Wal-Mart can cover their $2.5 million tax obligation in the first quarter – FIRST four months of the year.

2. Is the 5 Cents BAG Tax included in the “projected” $10 million dollar revenue from the 4 Wal-Mart Stores?

History of Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart main mission is to DOMINATE. That means there are threatening to take over Retail in this city. Safeway, Giant, Harris Teeter, CVS, Fresh Foods are all targets of assassinations.

That was the agreement with this City Council…Wal-Mart was not going to just BUILD ONE Wal-Mart in this city.

3. Are there enough shoppers [D.C. residents] to give Wal-Mart their sales revenue and also keep the current SALES REVENUE LEVELS at our long time friends and stores at Safeway, Giant, CVS ???

Georgia Avenue and Peabody/Missouri Avenue –Curtis Chevrolet

1. I envision hordes of traffic…which will discourage customers patronizing Wal-Mart-N.W. The car dealership site is large enough for a ‘small Wal-Mart and a few parking spaces.

2. What ramifications will Wal-Mart's traffic congestion and Retail COMPETITION have on any FUTURE development up the avenue where Walter Reed Hospital SITE is being considered for new development?

Wal-Mart will deter any other FUTURE RETAIL stores from doing business in D.C.

Trusting Citizens...those are my facts; do with them what you will.

But, our concentration and energy should be on educating our CHILDREN, reducing crime and poverty in this city. And, increasing the "number" of MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES in Washington, D.C.

Wake Up

Respectfully, Calvin H. Gurley

Posted by: CalvinGurley | November 19, 2010 11:23 AM

Walmart is merely the whipping boy for virtually every American retail company, almost all of whom utilize foreign production or products.

Almost all computers, automobiles, steel products, tvs and electronics, come from abroad now even food products.

Walmart does better at providing jobs and low prices than Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Sears, K-Mart and the rest.

Posted by: samscram | November 23, 2010 10:43 AM

With all the black racism these days? Heck no.

Posted by: rollmonte | November 26, 2010 10:14 AM

Just what the world needs...4 new Wal-Marts.
The elected officials will talk about tax revenue generated but never address "The Wal-Mart Effect" on communities. Many smaller businesses(grocery, pharmacy, hardware, auto/tire) will eventually be forced to close and then Wal-Mart's prices no longer need to be the lowest because there's no competition. No to mention increased demands on law enforcement and infrstructure expeditures to handle increased traffic volumes(I've seen it here locally in Southcentral Pa. when the Wal-Mart Supercenter opened).
No thanks...I never go there. Our quality of life was much better before Wal-Mart graced us with their presence.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 26, 2010 4:32 PM

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