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Wal-Mart threat may stall DC shopping center plan

Sunday - 7/14/2013, 8:10pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The D.C. Council's vote to require large retailers to pay at least $12.50 per hour could throw the city's development plans for the Skyland Shopping Center into doubt.

In response to the vote, Wal-Mart says it will put out of plans to build stores at Skyland and two other sites.

The Washington Post ( ) reports the city's plan has been to let the Skyland die so that its decay can be replaced with sit-down restaurant and a new Wal-Mart store in southeast Washington.

Shop windows are shuttered. Someone has pulled a mattress into the closed post office to sleep on the floor. Last week, the owner of a beauty supply store closed after 38 years.

There are divided opinions in the neighborhood over how the city should handle Skyland's future.


Information from: The Washington Post,

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