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.