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I've never been a big fan of WalMart myself. Not for any of the political/social reasons (although I agree some are disturbing), but mostly cause they just don't appeal to me.

I've always been more of a Target person. I think the Target in CoHe has proven that DC can handle these types of stores if planned/modified to fit the urban landscape.

I applaud GGW for this post and the details/images contained within. Well done!

I understand all the negatives re: WalMart in general, but specifically in the case of these 6 locations in DC--what was there before is my question?

Is this a case of WalMart bullying out smaller mom/pop retail stores that were doing well? And taking over.

I don't know for a face, but aren't some of these areas in desperate need for a strong retail anchor store to increase spending and revenue and well, make the neighborhood better?

In particular, that Fort Totten location..I drive by there every week, and have been for 10 years, and there was really NOTHING there before. It was a very depressed area. So I think the plusses will outweigh any minuses in my view there.

Would I prefer more diversity of businesses? Yes. Would I rather it be some other company with maybe more ethical business practices re: bottom line, etc...sure. But in the absence of those (I don't see them investing?), this can only help the areas in my view.

by LuvDusty on Apr 27, 2012 12:52 pm • linkreport

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