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It doesn't take a large population to sustain a Walmart store. WM basically built their business off of opening stores in small towns in the South, many of which now have full-size supercenter locations.

If they're opening 6 stores in the District, that's over 100k residents for each store. That doesn't even include people who will be coming in from MD/VA to shop at Walmart (the closest one outside DC is in Landover).

There are many towns/trade areas with far smaller populations that easily sustain WM stores. I used to live in a small city in the middle of nowhere (Stillwater, OK) that had 2 Walmart supercenters...even though there were only <50k residents in the city and <80k in the county/µSA.

by scoot on Apr 26, 2012 5:06 pm • linkreport

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