Where and when Wal-Mart will open in D.C.

With Mayor Vincent Gray’s decision to veto legislation that would have required Wal-Mart to pay its workers in the District well above the minimum wage, the retailer is moving ahead with plans to open at least five stores in the city.

Three stores are under construction already and two others are in advanced stages of planning. Wal-Mart still wants to open a store at the corner of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road in Northeast D.C., but a developer’s plan to build a shopping center there has fallen apart.

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Barring an overturn of the mayor’s veto by the council, here is where and when the D.C. Wal-Mart stores would open, along with some details about what the new stores would offer:

Georgia Avenue

Location: 5968 Georgia Ave. NW, in Ward 4.

Status: Under construction with opening in end of 2013 or early 2014.

Store specs: 103,000-square-foot store with 2,500 square feet of other retail, underground parking, rain garden, green roof, Capital Bikeshare station and electric car plug-in.

Offerings: General merchandise (apparel, electronics, toys, sporting goods, health/ beauty), groceries and pharmacy.

Developer: Foulger-Pratt.

77 H

Location: 99 H St. NW, in Ward 6.

Status: Under construction with opening in end of 2013 or early 2014.

Store specs: 80,000-square-foot store beneath 300 apartments with another 20,000 square feet of retail, 373 underground parking spaces, Capital Bikeshare station and electric car plug-in.

Offerings: Groceries, bakery, deli, pharmacy, merchandise including apparel and electronics.

Developer: JBG.

Fort Totten Square

Location: Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue NE, in Ward 4.

Status: Under construction with opening in 2015.

Store specs: 120,000-square-foot store along with 345 apartments, 20,000 square feet of additional retail and underground parking.

Offerings: General merchandise (apparel, electronics, toys, sporting goods, health/beauty), groceries, pharmacy.

Developer: JBG.

Capitol Gateway Marketplace

Location: East Capitol and 58th Streets NE, in Ward 7.

Status: Developer has requested zoning changes. Earliest opening 2015.

Store specs: 118,000-square-foot store alongside other stores, 283 apartments and a small office building.

Offerings: General merchandise (apparel, electronics, toys, sporting goods, health/beauty), groceries, pharmacy.

Developer: D.C. Housing Authority and A&R Cos.

Skyland Town Center

Location: Good Hope Road and Alabama Avenue SE., in Ward 7.

Status: Developer plans to request zoning changes. Earliest opening 2016.

Store specs: 120,000-square-foot store alongside 270 apartments in first phase. Future phases call for town center with 315,000 square feet of retail and 468 housing units.

Offerings: General merchandise (apparel, electronics, toys, sporting goods, health/beauty), groceries, pharmacy.

Developer: Rappaport Cos. and William C. Smith & Co.

New York Avenue

Location: New York Avenue and Bladensburg Northeast, in Ward 5.

Status: On hold, due to lack of a development partner.

Store size: 120,000 square feet.

Developer: There is no developer presently. Rick Walker was previous developer and JBG has expressed interest. Wal-Mart says: “We are committed to building a store at the New York Avenue site and will continue to work towards bringing the project to fruition.”

Offerings: Store was expected to include merchandise, groceries and pharmacy.

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