Wig merchant is wholly unconcerned about Wal-Mart competition

WJLA-TV’s Sam Ford reports on the recent decision by the Board of Zoning Adjustment to toss an appeal from a group seeking to stop construction of a Wal-Mart on Georgia Avenue NW.

Toward the end, he interviews the owner of a wig shop near the site just north of Missouri Avenue NW. It appears to be #1 Beauty Supply, right across the street.

“Not a problem!” said shopkeeper Rashad Ahmed. “Welcome to Wal-Mart!”

Ahmed’s sanguine attitude goes to show that despite the high-strung rhetoric of some opponents, some of the typical anti-Wal-Mart arguments fail to hold water in D.C. — particularly the fear they will hurt local small businesses. The liquor, auto parts, cell-phone, barber, laundry, thrift and beauty shops that now populate upper Georgia Avenue have less to fear from the megaretailer looking to locate in the District than the major grocery chains and suburban big box competitors.

If your beefs are with Wal-Mart’s anti-union stance, trade practices or commitment to urbanism, however, then beef away. The group that filed the zoning appeal says it will take its grievances to court.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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Mike DeBonis · October 19, 2012