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Wal-Mart's first two D.C. stores set opening dates

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 9:14am  ET

D.C.'s first two Wal-Marts will open on the same day, just in time for holiday shopping: Dec. 4. Both stores will open at 8 a.m. that day, according to a statement from Wal-Mart.

The store at 5929 Georgia Ave. NW is 103,000 square feet and will feature some local retail establishments in adjacent storefronts. Oohs and Aahs soul food restaurant, which is located on U Street, will open a second location there, as we reported earlier this month.

The other District Wal-Mart, at 77 H St. NW, is smaller at 74,000 square feet. Both stores have groceries and a full-service pharmacy. Each store will employ about 300 people, according to the statement from Wal-Mart.

The retail giant has several other projects in various stages of development throughout the District. The Wal-Mart at Skyland, in Ward 7, could open in 2016. Skyland Holdings LLC plans to break ground on a new shopping center there in July of 2014.

Wal-Mart's plans for the District hit a bump earlier this year when the D.C. Council approved a piece of legislation loosely known as the living wage bill, which would have required the superstore to pay its employees $12.50 per hour. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the bill in September.

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