After months of delays, Wal-Mart has three stores under construction in the District, and developers are re-working plans for a fourth and fifth store, on East Capitol Street and New York Avenue NE, respectively.
Of the three stores under construction, two are part of mixed-use projects the likes of which the retailer shied away from until a few years ago. Two are scheduled to open later this year.
At 77 H St. NW, the JBG Cos. is building a Wal-Mart on the ground floor of a brick-clad building with 300 apartments upstairs.
In the Northeast neighborhood of Fort Totten, the same developer is building a Wal-Mart along with 345 apartments. A groundbreaking in late January drew officials from Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration and the D.C. Council, a sign of how far the retail giant has come in making in-roads with city leaders.
But the chain’s original timeline — opening four stores in 2012 — proved too optimistic. The first store to open will likely be at the intersection of Georgia and Missouri avenues NW, where the chain and developer Foulger-Pratt are building a more traditional, one-level store that is scheduled to open at the end of 2013. The store on H Street NW, just off of North Capitol Street, could open about the same time, according to company spokesman Steven Restivo.