Since Walmart opened its first store inside the Beltway in 2007, residents in and around Washington, D.C., have seen increased jobs, reasonable prices and economic benefit to the community. But it’s not enough. The benefits of Walmart escape most of the Washington, D.C., population.
For example, though just a few miles outside Washington, D.C., in Landover Hills, Maryland, it can take shoppers at least an hour — and three transfers — to reach Walmart via public transportation. This is not the urban shopping center residents so desperately need.
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, with the first six stores located on:
- Ward 4: Georgia and Missouri Avenue NW
- Ward 4: Riggs Road NE and South Dakota Avenue NE
- Ward 6: 801 New Jersey Avenue NW
- Ward 7: Capitol Heights (East Capitol Street and 58th)
- Ward 7: Good Hope Road and Alabama Avenue SE
The new Walmarts would bring benefits like:
- Charitable partnerships in D.C. Walmart is committed to workforce development and hunger initiatives in Washington, D.C. Last year alone, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $2.2 million in cash and in-kind gifts to D.C. organizations.
- More money for the city. The proposed stores are expected to generate $10 million in new tax revenue.
- Fresh produce at reasonable prices. Walmart is committed to ending food deserts in the communities it serves. D.C. residents would have access to fresh produce, at reasonable prices, to feed their families.
- Job opportunities. Walmart creates quality jobs that provide a competitive wage, affordable benefits and the chance to build a career, wherever its location. The new Walmarts would bring 1,200 permanent jobs, with benefits available to both full and part-time associates, as well as 400 construction jobs.
- Affordable prescription drugs. Walmart’s $4 prescription drug program would allow more residents in Washington, D.C., to afford the medicine they need to stay healthy.
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