Wal-Mart Makes DC Debut, Names McMillon To CEO Post

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Duke will continue serving as chairman of the executive committee of the board and, in the tradition of his predecessors, stay on as an advisor to McMillon for one year. The company plans to make an announcement on McMillon’s successor as CEO of Wal-Mart International by the end of the fiscal year.

Locally, the first two of at least five new Wal-Marts in the nation’s capital debuted to large crowds and local picketing from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400. The stores are located at the intersection of Georgia and Missouri Avenues NW (5929 Georgia Ave, NW) and at the intersection of 1st and H Streets NW (99 H Street NW).

Alvin Robinson is the store manager for the 103,000 square foot Wal-Mart on Georgia Avenue NW. Robertson was hired into Wal-Mart’s management training program two years ago and served as store manager of the Wal-MartSuperCenter in Frederick, MD prior to coming to DC.

Eric Quist will serve as the store manager for the 74,000 square foot Wal-Mart on H Street NW. He has worked for Wal-Mart for the past 19 years.

Despite a threat by the retailer to withdraw from Washington if a $12.50 cent “living wage” bill was enacted (the bill was passed by the City Council but was ultimately vetoed in September by Mayor Vincent Gray who had been instrumental in convincing Wal-Mart to build stores in DC), the big retailer now has begun a quest that in time could challenge market leader Safeway’s perch as the District’s largest retailer.

Next up for Wal-Mart is a 120,000 square foot store located at the junction of Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue NE (Totten Square) which is slated to open in 2015. Also scheduled for later in 2015 is a 118,000 square foot Wal-Mart at East Capital Street and 58th Street NE (Capitol Gateway Marketplace). Co-developers A&R Companies and the DC Housing Authority have requested a zoning change which could further delay the store’s opening. Also in “zoning change” mode is the proposed Wal-Mart to be located on Good Hope Road and Alabama Avenue SE (SkylandTownCenter). That store, located near where Mayor Gray was raised, won’t open until at least 2016. The status of the proposed 120,000 square foot Wal-Mart located at the intersection of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE is in doubt after developer Rick Walker pulled out of the deal. Published reports have indicated that Wal-Mart is still interested in the New York Avenue site and the owners of that 11 acre parcel, brothers Andrew, Dave and Jerry Schaeffer, are also reportedly seeking a new developer to get the project resurrected.