Housing Complex

Wal-Mart Contemplates Locating Right Next to New Costco

They're really close together!

They're really close together!

Jonathan O'Connell reports this morning that Wal-Mart is in negotiations with brothers Andrew, Gerald, and David Schaeffer to set up shop on their parcel of land bounded by New York Avenue, Bladensburg Road, and Montana NE. Sounds like a reasonable alternative for a space that, until mid-May, developer Jim Abdo had envisioned as the mixed-use Arbor Place project. Except for one thing: Costco has already signed a letter of intent for the Shops at Dakota Crossing, which is about two minutes away by car. I'm not convinced that two gigantic big-box stores couldn't do well in that area, but I can think of at least one place in another underserved part of the city–CityInterests' new shopping center on South Capitol St.–that would love to take one of them.

UPDATE, Tuesday evening: Missed this bit of backstory–Wal-Mart has been quite a tease with the District in the past. Probably not smart to set too much store by rumblings about their imminent arrival.

  • Sally

    Have the Greater Greater Washington urban planning geeks' heads exploded at the thought of Costco AND Walmart being located so close together in a non-Metro accessible area?

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    This is GREAT news for the people of Washington, I can't wait, WHOOPEE!

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    "right next to each other"?

    i mean, i know it's hyperbole, lydia, but if that was in another part of town, would you call georgetown and logan circle right next to each other?

  • copper

    they will be over 1 mile from each other.

  • Lydia DePillis

    Cooper, Geoff:

    Fair points. I'll defend the characterization, though--in relative terms, big box stores connected by a six-lane highway and not much in between them qualifies as right next to each other in my book. Like you could call Mars and Venus right next to each other, even though they're actually quite far away.


  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    lydia: sure, except the earth is between them ;)

  • copper

    i guess if you think of these exotic neighborhoods as far off lands then they are indeed, relatively speaking, right next to each other. it is just a shame that anyone at the wcp would consider areas of their own city as far off places.

  • copper

    even with that said, i do enjoy your column. and that you reply to comments.