Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Walmart cancels plans to open 2 stores in Ward 7. Thoughts?

This just in. According to Councilmember Yvette Alexander (Ward 7) Walmart has backed out of plans to open stores in Skyland and Capitol Gateway, both in Ward 7.  I am curious to hear from readers what they think of this news. Is it a bluff or a blessing in disguise?

Aaron Weiner of the Washington City Paper has the story.

Excerpt:
Walmart has decided to cancel plans for at least two of its planned D.C. stores in response to the living wage bill passed by the D.C. Council last month, according to Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander
"Walmart is pulling out of Skyland and Capitol Gateway, and I'm pissed off," says Alexander, referring to the company's two planned stores in Ward 7. Alexander says Walmart representatives just visited her office and made the announcement that they are pulling out of stores they have not yet started. The company will soon send out a press release, she says.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Target!!!!

Carlene said...

True! @anonymous

Anonymous said...

This is crazy that the council would even risk losing this deal that so many have worked for and stores that are needed in under served areas on a stupid bill that does not help development. This whole situation is infuriating and I blame the council not Walmart.