Housing Complex

With Living Wage Bill Dead, Walmart Opens D.C. Hiring Centers

The soon-to-open Walmart at 1st and H streets NW.

The soon-to-open Walmart at 1st and H streets NW.

Well that was quick. Two days after the D.C. Council failed to override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the living wage bill, Walmart just announced that it'll be opening its first two D.C. hiring centers on Monday.

Walmart, the lead opponent of the bill that would have required large retailers to pay a living wage of $12.50 an hour (minus benefits), had threatened to scrap plans for three of its six D.C. stores and reconsider the three already under construction if the legislation became law. Now, with the bill in the garbage heap, the Arkansas-based retail giant is moving quickly to get its first two stores rolling.

"Now that the Large Retailer Accountability Act discussion is resolved," Walmart spokesman Steven Restivo writes in an email, "Walmart will expedite plans for our first two stores in Washington, D.C. and get to the business of creating new career opportunities for local residents."

The company will open hiring centers near the two stores it hopes to open by the end of the year: one at 1st and H streets NW, and the other on Georgia Avenue NW. Walmart, Restivo notes, will be taking applications online, but the hiring centers will be used for interviews and to assist applicants without Internet access.

Restivo couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

Photo by Aaron Wiener

  • AERzondzinska

    Since you write about buildings, Housing Complex, why not head over to Georgia and Alaska and check out atomic toad that has set itself down on an entire city block? Maybe you can compare the architectural renderings with the reality.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AdamLDC Adam L

    AERzondzinska

    If you actually lived or even visited the neighborhood you'd know that the construction site is at Georgia and Missouri.

  • http://ecg0792.carbonmade.com Eric

    AERzondzinska,

    First of all, the building does not comprise the entire block, and even if it did, it would still be an asset to the community. Walmart is not imposing a super block building that would ruin the scale of the neighborhood, nor is it installing large swaths of parking lots that would create dead zone in the neighborhood. The building will serve the community with essential services such as grocery, general retail, banking, etc. The building will also front the street, and provide street level activity to an area that is devoid of such activity. In fact, Walmart is actually increasing the walk-ability of the neighborhood!

    AERzondzinska, you suck, and I hate you.

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  • noodlez

    @ERIC-WALMART IS NOT INCREASING THE WALK-ABILITY OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD. FOLK HAVE BEEN TRAVERSING AVE GEO AND MISSOURI AVE UP TO PNEY BRANCH AND GEO AVE FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS OR SO AND ITS BEEN INCREASING EVER SINCE. THAT IS WHY WALMART IS PLOPPING IT'S GOOD FOR NOTHING ASS ON GEO AVE AND THAT IS ALSO WHY IT WASN'T ONE OF THE STORES THAT WAS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. FUCKING NEWCOMER!

  • Aerzondzinska

    Adam L: You're absolutely right, that was a slip of the hands. But here's what you couldn't possibly imagine: I was born and grew up in D.C. and just outside of it, and I moved back into the District in 1985. When I was growing up, my mother and I often frequented businesses (long since disappeared) at Ga and Alaska, which is why in my fatigued state, I wrote that. But absolutely, it's at Ga and Mo, and all of the points I made apply to that intersection, which I crossed about six times last Friday night in the course of circling the Walmonster building.

    Eric: Your sentiments are energetically returned. And YES, the building does take up the entire block. Try circling it on feet, if you have them.

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