Wal-Mart will open D.C. hiring centers

September 19, 2013

A store at First and H streets NW is one of two Wal-Marts expected to open in D.C. before year’s end. (Wal-Mart)

Updated 12 p.m. with estimated number of jobs

Two days after a last-ditch bid to save a controversial “living wage” bill failed, Wal-Mart said it will open hiring centers for its first two D.C. stores.

Company spokesman Steven Restivo said in a Thursday morning e-mail that centers would open Monday near store locations on Georgia Avenue NW and H Street NW, which are scheduled to open before year’s end. Restivo estimated there would be roughly 300 hires at each store, “mostly full-time.”

Applications for in-store jobs, he said, are primarily being taken online; the centers are for candidate interviews and for applicants without Internet access.

The centers are at 7818 Eastern Ave. NW, for the Georgia Avenue store, and 900 Second St. NE, for the H Street store, and will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Wal-Mart is also participating in Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s “One City, One Hire” program, run through the city employment services department. Spokeswoman Najla Haywood said the agency has started pre-screening job-seekers for Wal-Mart jobs, as it has done for other employers, and expects to share a “good group of candidates.”

Besides the Georgia Avenue and H Street location, three other stores are in various stages of development. Plans for a sixth store, on New York Avenue NE, are on hold due to a developer shakeup, but Restivo has said Wal-Mart continues to be interested in the site.

“We expect that these D.C. openings will include all the same elements we regularly see in other parts of the country: community stakeholders welcoming a new business; public officials celebrating economic development; customers saving money; and associates taking advantage of a job with real opportunity,” Restivo said.

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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